McCutchen returns to PNC Park as Pirates host Giants

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-11-2018 - Pick and Prediction

Suarez comes off his first career win by a 4-3 count at Atlanta with an unearned run allowed over 5.1 frames. Longoria and Alen Hanson homered in San Francisco's sixth straight loss. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of a year ago. Posey has four hits in five at-bats against the right-handed starter.

Andrew McCutchen was 1 for 4 with a walk and went 4 for 14 (.286) with three doubles in his first series at Pittsburgh since the Pirates traded the five-time All-Star to the Giants during the offseason. The left-hander had allowed at least three earned runs in each of his past five starts, but kept Pirates hitters off balance with a fastball that bumped up to 93 miles per hour and a slider that helped him rack up five swinging strikes.

Game One: The New vs. They have yet to win a single game in Pennsylvania, and they only have one more chance to get a win. The 28-year old left fielder has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Pirates lineup this season, now featuring a.323 average with five home runs and 26 RBI's. They responded with three runs on a Jordy Mercer triple and a Jose Osuna two-run home run, a gut punch that put the Giants in a deeper hole than they had been in before the fourth. Now they head to pitcher-friendly PNC Park and will face Taillon, who has shut down most of the opponents that he's faced in 2018. Holland's last road victory came on May 21, 2017, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.

5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.

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I am taking the Pirates in this one.

"He didn't cry", McCutchen said Friday afternoon, smiling to a conference room full of reporters at PNC Park, "So, that was good to see". "They're looking for the ball up over the plate". Furthermore, Taillon got back on track with a solid performance agains the Brewers last time out, and the Pirates have won five consecutive home games.

The team that finished 29th in the majors in home runs and 28th in runs last season is now in the top 10 in both categories a quarter of the way into 2018. Before the series started Watson had an ERA of 0.57, and now it has jumped to 2.65.

Thanks to the work of veteran starter Derek Holland and a sixth-inning outburst from the Giants' offense, the club ensured the journey home will be a happy one as it snapped a six-game losing streak.

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