In the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (66-52) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (60-56) at AT&T Park, Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.23 ERA) and Jameson Taillon (3-2, 2.85 ERA) get the ball. The Pirates won the last game 8-5, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and will air on CSBA and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Samardzija pitched 5.2 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out three and walking three in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins. Brandon Belt (.282, 58 Rs, 14 HRs, 61 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. The Pirates were victorious over the Padres 4-0 the last time Taillon pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking two. Gregory Polanco (.277, 61 Rs, 17 HRs, 65 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Pirates, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.
Pittsburgh has won 45% (25-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, San Francisco has won 56% (24-19) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Pirates managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 25-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 12-36. The Pirates have a 15-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, San Francisco ranks 27th with 98 homers and Pittsburgh is 26th with 110.
Ranking ninth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 381 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 437.
The Giants are 42-25 when they hit at least one home run. Pittsburgh has the same record when hitting one or more homers.