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Pirates Lose 7-5 In San Francisco; Bucs Blow Huge Opportunity With Double Pickoff In 6th Inning

July 31, 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates (57-50) managed only six hits in the finale of a three-game series in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, but the Bucs were still leading the contest 5-4 until after a double base-running error in the sixth inning cost them a chance at a huge rally.  They would eventually drop a 7-5 decision to the Giants (58-50) in the game played at AT&T Park.

Josh Harrison homered for the Pirates for the fourth straight game, and Jordy Mercer added a two-run homer.  Harrison finished with two RBI’s and Travis Snider drove home a run.

But, in the sixth inning, with Pittsburgh leading by one run, runners on second and third and just one out, as catcher Chris Stewart walked to load the bases, Snider made a move from second base, apparently thinking the bases had already been filled and he had been forced to third base.  As Snider was thrown out, Gaby Sanchez wandered off third base and was run down between third and home – an inning-ending, rally-killing double play on a walk!

Pittsburgh reliever Justin Wilson (3-2) allowed both the tying and the go-ahead runs to score in the bottom of the seventh inning and was charged with the loss.

Center fielder Gregor Blanco tagged Pirates pitching for three of the Giants’ 12 hits and drove home two runs.  Pablo Sandoval and Mike Morse both contributed two hits and an RBI.  Middle reliever Jean Machi (6-0), who initiated the bizarre sixth-inning double play, earned the win and Santiago Casilla recorded his eight save of the season.

Now 3-3 through the first six games of a ten-game road trip and two games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central Division, the Pirates will begin a four-game series in Arizona on Thursday night, sending lefty Jeff Locke (2-2) to the mound against the Diamondbacks (47-61).

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