San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
When and Where: Friday, April 19, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa., 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Out to build on his first win of the season, Madison Bumgarner looks to get the San Francisco Giants back on track Friday night when they open a three-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bumgarner out to reach .500 for Giants
It took Bumgarner (1-2, 3.12 ERA) four starts, but everything came together for the left-hander Saturday versus the Colorado Rockies, whom he limited to a solo homer and one other run over seven-plus innings of a 5-2 victory.
He struck out seven without walking a batter in his 98-pitch effort, picking up a bullpen that had logged 13 innings the previous night in an 18-inning 3-2 victory.
“I don’t feel like I did enough. In my mind, eight was the minimum for a day like today,” Bumgarner told the San Jose Mercury News. “It worked out for us and we won the game, but that’s the one thing I don’t feel great about … Last night was tough on everybody.”
The southpaw is looking to get the Giants (8-12) going again after they dropped the final two games of their three-game set with the Washington Nationals. San Francisco lost the rubber game 4-2 on Thursday, scratching out just two hits against opposing starter Patrick Corbin.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 18, 2019
Bumgarner has pitched well at PNC Park in his handful of appearances but has little to show for it, going 1-2 with a 2.21 ERA in three career starts. He lost games of 1-0 and 2-0 there and is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA in seven career starts as he is slated to make his first start against the Pirates since 2017.
No one on the current Pirates roster has more than nine at-bats against Bumgarner, and no one has more than one hit.
Bucs back home after positive road trip
Pittsburgh (10-6) had Thursday off after completing an eight-game road swing with five victories. The Pirates swept a two-game interleague series at Detroit, winning both games in 10 innings after Wednesday’s 3-2 triumph.
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 18, 2019
Jordan Lyles (1-0, 0.82) will attempt to continue his strong start to 2019 as he takes the ball for the third time. The right-hander was skipped over his last turn in the rotation since the Pirates were off Monday and enters this outing with nine days of rest.
Lyles stifled the Chicago Cubs on April 10, yielding only a solo homer and two other hits while striking out a career-high-tying 10 in six innings of Pittsburgh’s 5-2 victory. The quick start has justified manager Clint Hurdle’s decision to make the converted reliever his No. 5 starter.
“He had every desire to be a starting pitcher, and our opportunity was real,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about Lyles. “I know there was other teams that talked to him, there was other opportunities in the bullpen, there may have been a couple other starting. But we were very aggressive, letting him know that this is an opportunity that we want him to try and put together for both of us.”
Lyles has seen plenty of the Giants from his stints with NL West rivals Colorado and San Diego, but this will be his first start against them since 2017 pitching for the Padres. He recorded 6 2-3 innings of one-hit shutout relief in four relief appearances last year versus San Francisco but is 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA in seven career starts.
The Giants are:
- 7-22 in their last 29 road games
- 9-23 in Bumgarner’s last 32 road starts.
- 0-5 in Bumgarner’s last five starts during game 1 of a series.
The Pirates are:
- 15-5 in their last 20 games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 4-1 in their last five games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.
- 4-1 in their last five home games vs. left-handed starters.