Previewing Tuesday's Pirates-Giants game
Pirates beat reporterRob 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.
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.