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Giants face Pirates after Bonds ceremony

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Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Pirates took two of three at home from the Giants in mid-May, winning the first two before losing the series finale with tonight's starter, Ivan Nova, toeing the rubber. The Pirates lost two of three in San Francisco in 2017, but have won nine of their last 12 games at AT&T Park dating back to 2014.
  2. Pittsburgh has gone 6-7 since rattling off 11 consecutive wins between July 11 and 24. After losing a home series to the Cardinals, 2-1, the Pirates rebounded by taking two of three on the road in Colorado.
  3. San Francisco has lost four of its last five games following a four-game win streak. Both of the Giants' losses in their most recent series against the Astros came by two or fewer runs -- the Giants are 30-32 (.484) in such games this year, while the Pirates are marginally better at 27-25 (.519).
  4. Gregory Polanco has reached base safely at least once in every Pirates victory since June 13. On the year, the Pirates are 45-33 (.578) when Polanco reaches base at least once in a game.
  5. Evan Longoria has picked up a hit in six of his last seven games, and multiple hits in four of the seven. Since the beginning of this span on July 31, only Bryce Harper (6), Javier Baez (5) and David Peralta (5) have more multi-hit games among National League hitters.
  6. The Pirates have gone 4-1 in Ivan Nova's last five starts despite his 4.50 ERA. Per nine innings, they supported him with an average of 8.65 runs over this span. Following a stretch of four consecutive starts with one earned run from June 23 to July 9, Andrew Suarez has a 7.89 ERA over his last four starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2018 thru 8/12/2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds will get his No. 25 retired by the San Francisco Giants in an on-field ceremony before Saturday night's important game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The teams have split the first two contests in the four-game series, allowing the Pirates (60-57) to retain a two-game lead over the Giants (58-59) as both fight an uphill battle in the chase for the two National League wild-card playoff berths.

Bonds, who led the Pirates into the postseason three times in his seven seasons with the club and helped the Giants into the playoffs seven times in his 15 seasons with them, will have both his former employers on hand for the honor that comes 11 years after he retired as the major leagues' all-time home run leader with 762.

Andrew McCutchen, another standout who has played for both the Pirates and Giants, began Friday's 13-10 San Francisco win with a leadoff home run, propelling the Giants to a season-high-tying run total.

He also walked four times in the game, giving him a homer and four walks in the same game for the first time in his career. Bonds accomplished the feat six times.

With most of the team's chief decision-makers in town for the Bonds ceremony, the Giants' brass held a closed-door meeting Friday in the wake of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday that was the eighth in their last nine home games.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy noted afterward it was no big deal.

"We just talked about some things which we do three to four times a year," the veteran skipper said. "We talked about the club and ways we can get better."

Improved pitching would help. With the Pirates having scored 10 runs in each of the first two games of the series, the Giants will turn to former starter Ty Blach (6-6, 4.28 ERA) to duel Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88).

Blach is scheduled to make his first start since May 27, having made his last 21 appearances out of the bullpen. He was the club's Opening Day starter as an injury replacement for Madison Bumgarner.

The left-hander has never faced the Pirates.

Williams will be facing the Giants for the third time in his career, having gone 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his first two meetings.

He held the Giants to one run and five hits in six innings in a 2-1 loss in his only previous start in San Francisco in 2017.

The 26-year-old California native has been on a nice roll of late, going 3-1 in his last four starts while allowing just two runs in 22 innings.

He will have to deal not only with McCutchen, but also with Buster Posey, who recorded a rare feat with four hits in the first four innings of Friday's win.

No Giant -- including Bonds -- ever previously had four hits in the first four innings of a game in the San Francisco era of the franchise. The last to record hits in four consecutive innings was Marvin Benard in innings 2-5 of a game at Philadelphia in 2000.

Updated August 11, 2018

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