Holland pitches Giants past Pirates, 5-0


San Francisco sends rookie Andrew Suarez to the bump for his 4th start of 2018 versus Pittsburgh. He was traded to the Giants in January.

That should be an indication of the reception he will get.

McCutchen, 31, returns to Pittsburgh boasting a mediocre.250 average with just three homers and 14 RBI on the season. Posey has four hits in five at-bats against the right-handed starter.

"Hitting a guy to get the game-winning run in, that's unacceptable", Watson said.

He was given the day off in Thursday's afternoon series finale at Philadelphia. "What's it going to be like?' I don't know until I'm there and until I'm in the moment", McCutchen said earlier Friday (via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). "I did a good job, though, of keeping them from scoring".

Any sour feelings McCutchen might have had over the trade faded quickly when the Giants made him feel valued.

"I wouldn't be able to tell you right now", Hanson said, when asked if he thinks the injury is serious. "When we were out in the bullpen, (pitching coach) Curt Young reminded me, 'We need you today, you've got to really step up".

For all the troubles the Giants had finding holes in the Pirates defense, Pittsburgh's lineup also fell on hard luck. But again, they saw the surging Pirates stay within a game of first place in the tight NL Central, where four teams are within a game of each other.

After forcing Pirates outfielders to race all over the grass at PNC Park for the first five innings of Sunday's contest, the Giants finally hit a few balls where Pittsburgh players couldn't track them down.

Holland (1-3) collected his first win on the road since last May 21, going 0-9 in 12 outings away from home in the interim.

Suarez, 25, will be making his fourth major league start. Overall, McCutchen had 5 All-Star appearances with the Pirates, hit 20+ home runs six times, and finished his Pirate career with a.291/.379/.487 line.

McCutchen worked a 3-0 count against Jameson Taillon before whiffing on consecutive pitches. That includes giving up a season-high seven runs in 3 2/3 innings April 25 against Detroit.

Game One: The New vs.

The 5 and 2/3 innings Samardzija tossed were his most in any of his five starts this season, but the Giants expect a pitcher who is coming off five straight 200-inning seasons to work deeper into games.

Pirates: Ivan Nova (2-2, 4.84 ERA) lasted just two innings in his previous start on Tuesday in Chicago.