TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Previewing Tuesday's Pirates-Giants game

Pirates/MLB Videos

Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:24 p.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel 's inside look at Tuesday's game:

• The Giants hit 39 homers in their first 30 games. Last year, it took them 50 games to collect 30 home runs. They went into Monday with 41 homers, second-most in the majors behind the Rockies (44), and had gone deep in 11 straight games — their longest streak in a single season since July 28-Aug. 13, 2002, when they homered in 14 consecutive games.

• Coming into this series, the Giants had batted only .166 (24 for 145) with runners in scoring position in a 20-game stretch. However, they were hitting .292 (35 for 120) with RISP and two outs, which was the best figure in the majors. When they won three games vs. the Braves last weekend, the Giants went 0 for 13 with RISP — becoming the first team in 45 years to sweep a three-game series without getting a hit with RISP.

The Buzz

Former Pirates SS Jack Wilson is among 27 retired big leaguers scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame Classic on May 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates SS prospect Tucker making progress after thumb surgery
  2. Pirates starting pitcher Morton fine-tunes his delivery after surgery
  3. Pirates sign 9 to yearlong deals; 3 going to arbitration
  4. Pirates shift times on 5 games, including rescheduling 2 fireworks nights
  5. Pirates’ Burnett aims to defy age curve
  6. For Pirates, NL Central test just got tougher
  7. Pirates’ reaction mixed to the news of pitch clock in minor leagues
  8. Kang says he ‘can play better’ than Pirates current SS Mercer
  9. Pirates notebook: For Holdzkom, a whole new world
  10. Pirates officially sign Korean shortstop Kang
  11. Korean star Kang could be financial windfall for Pirates