The San Francisco Giants didn’t have a pleasant start to a three-game set in Pittsburgh.
The frustration didn’t just stem from an 8-2 loss. Although, that was a chunk of it. The frustration really started to sit in when Marco Scutaro was hit on his hand in the seventh inning. He was taken out of the game, and trainers examined him in the dugout. The X-rays came back negative, but Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that there could be tendon damage.
In the eighth, Bruce Bochy and George Kontos were both ejected after Kontos hit Andrew McCutchen. Perhaps, just perhaps, the Giants were going for some revenge, but Kontos wouldn’t reveal anything to the media after the game–obviously.
All of this was wrapped in Gerrit Cole’s superb major league debut. Cole was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 draft, and Pirates fans showed up in bunches to take in his first big league start. And they saw something special. Cole surrendered two runs over 6.1 innings. He struck out only two, which does suggest that he lacks for stuff, but that’s far from the truth. His fastball consistently sat in the 95-98 MPH range, and his slider, which he didn’t throw much, had some nice bit as well.
The cherry on top? A two-run single in the second inning. Tim Lincecum got ahead of Cole in the count 0-2, but Cole worked it back to 3-2 before he swatted Lincecum’s elevated fastball into right field.
The Pirates scored two more runs in the fifth off Lincecum inning and three in the seventh off George Kontos. Lincecum’s runs weren’t earned due to Hunter Pence’s throwing error on Garrett Jones’ RBI single. Pedro Alvarez, who later homered, singled home a run a batter later.
Starling Marte also homered for the Pirates.
Andres Torres and Brandon Crawford reached on singles to open the seventh. Torres scored on Tony Abreu’s RBI double. Brett Pill’s ensuing RBI ground out forced in San Francisco’s second run.