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Tuesday's scouting report: Pirates at Giants

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporterRob Biertempfel's inside look at Tuesday's game:

• Going into Monday's late game, the Giants had gotten just one extra base hit — Buster Posey's solo home run Sunday off Hyun-Jin Ryu — since the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Phillies. The three-game stretch without an extra-base hit was San Francisco's longest since May 30-June 1, 2002. The Giants have not gone four straight games without an extra-base hit since May 6-10, 1978. ... The Giants have won six of their past seven games when they hit at least one home run.

• Pirates catchers have caught 11 would-be base-stealers this season, which ties them with the Giants for the most in the majors. Overall, the Pirates have racked up 33 caught stealings, which ranks first in the NL and second in the majors behind the Tigers (34).

The Buzz

Wabash Valley College coach Rob Fournier told the Daily Republican Register of Mt. Carmel, Ill., that the Pirates “offered top-10 (round) money” to 33rd-round pick Zach Lewis. Fournier said the club was willing to pay a penalty to sign Lewis for an over-slot bonus. However, Lewis, a right-handed pitcher, opted to return to school for his sophomore season.

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