Ryan Vogelsong threw eight sharp innings for his first victory in three months, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Sunday.
While Pittsburgh continues its attempt at securing the club’s first postseason appearance since 1992, the reigning World Series champion SF Giants have lost two straight and 22 of 31 at home.
“We’re having a hard time with the bats here,” SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s got to get better with the pitching side and the hitting side.”
Seven-time major-league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease. The 62-year-old Parker, who played with the Oakland A’s in 1988 and 1989, said he is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
The surging Oakland Athletics have a chance to complete yet another sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they’ll face a red-hot Francisco Liriano in the series finale at PNC Park on Wednesday night.
Though Jeff Locke hasn’t received much attention from the national media, he figures to receive a bit more acclaim after making the NL All-Star team.
“It’s easy to say would you put Steve Young in there,” John said. But the picks are limited to four, and adding one means removing another. “I’d put Steve Young in there. I may put guys like Hugh McElhenney in there. I may put a guy like Joe Perry in there. I may put a guy like John Henry Johnson from that million dollar backfield (in there). I may throw a Y.A. Tittle in there. Those were guys that were really a big part of the 49ers also, although in a different era. They’re all in the Hall of Fame too.”
After taking Tuesday’s opener 8-2 behind an impressive effort from prized pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh’s bats led the way Wednesday in a 12-8 victory. Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez – the top four hitters in the batting order – went a combined 13 for 19 with eight runs.
Francisco Liriano tries to build on another superb performance as the Pirates continue a three-game set against the injury-plagued San Francisco Giants on Wednesday evening.