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The Giants were able to take the series against the Pirates this weekend thanks to a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Willie Mays Field. The win gave the Giants and Pirates identical 14-15 records. In fact, it was a fascinating series with two one-run games and a walk-off win on Friday thanks to a three-run home run by Patrick Bailey. The Giants outscored the Pirates 9-6 for the whole series. It was a very low-scoring, throwback series in which every starting pitcher was impressive for the most part. The 15 total runs meant every run was important, which consequently meant every defensive play and every pitch carried an unusual weight.

Yesterdays win was powered by another strong start by Keaton Winn, who threw six sharp innings allowing only one run with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts. That’s only four base runners in his six innings, an exceptional stat and a key part of preventing runs, no matter how good or bad your defense is. For Winn it was his third victory of the year against three losses while lowering his ERA to 3.18. Interestingly, Pirates starter Jared Jones lost his first start after an impressive four start run to begin his Big League career. Yesterday’s game raised his ERA to 3.18, just like Winn’s. It’s interesting comparing the Pirates and the Giants, two teams in search of respectability but going for it from entirely different starting points.

The Giants scored their runs thanks to a solo home run. by Thairo Estrada and another Mike Yastzremski, both in the bottom of the third inning. The Giants would score another run in the inning from LaMonte Wade’s sacrifice fly to center. Prior to the third the Giants were being shut down by Jones. But that second time through the order made a difference for San Francisco, as it has in many games this homestand. Credit must be given to the coaching staff and batters who are making the right adjustments. Even though the Giants only had eight hits in the game (against five from the Pirates) they were able to make them count, thanks in no small part to the two homers.

back to back they went:

Camilo Doval wouid earn his fourth save of the year despite allowing one run. Here is the final out:

That came against Joey Bart. Bart was in a position to tie the game or put the Pirates ahead. Thankfully it all worked out just fine for the home team.

The Giants are off today and are preparing for a three-game series in Boston against the Red Sox. With their win on Sunday the Giants are now in second place in the NL West.