Series Preview: Pirates vs. Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants

July 6, 2012 7:05 pm
July 7, 2012 4:05 pm
July 8, 2012 1:35 pm


PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
Erik Bedard (4-9, 4.57 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (6-6, 3.84 ERA)
James McDonald (8-3, 2.45 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-3, 2.26 ERA)
A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.74 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (3-9, 6.08 ERA)

Series Notes
The Giants come to Pittsburgh for the final series before the All-Star Break… San Francisco has a record of 45-38, 1.5 games out of first in the NL West… The Pirates are 46-36 and sit in first place of the NL Central, two games ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds… Erik Bedard has been much better at home, posting a 2.31 ERA in seven starts at PNC Park… Bedard is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last three starts… Barry Zito allowed two runs in seven innings against the Pirates on April 14th… Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 9 (.444) lifetime vs. ZitoJames McDonald is 4-1 with 1.73 ERA at PNC Park this season… McDonald is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his last three outings… Ryan Vogelsong has a 3.54 ERA on the road compared to 1.29 at AT&T Park… Vogelsong allowed two runs over 6.1 innings against the Bucs on April 15th… A.J. Burnett‘s eight-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday but he still hasn’t lost a game since May 2nd… Burnett is 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in the last ten years vs. San Francisco… Tim Lincecum is 1-5 with an 8.45 ERA on the road this season… Lincecum has faced the Pirates three times over the past three seasons, and is 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA against them… Former Pirate/current Giant Freddy Sanchez underwent surgery on Thursday to partially remove a disk from his back, which means he will miss the rest of this season… The Giants enter the series third in the NL in stolen bases with 38, while the Pirates are second to last with 21… Buster Posey (starter), Pablo Sandoval (starter), Melky Cabrera (starter), and Matt Cain (reserve) will represent San Francisco at the All-Star Game… PNC Park promotions this weekend are as follows: FridayFree Shirt Friday; SaturdayFanJam featuring Daughtry / Scratch ‘n Win; SundayKids Day / Kids Pierogy Inner Tube#PackPNC

Go Bucs

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