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Pirates lose in 11

An 11th inning wild pitch and poor timely hitting sank the Bucs Saturday, losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants.

Here are the notes of a game you should walk, not run to.

THE BIG STORY:
The Pirates drew 10 walks in the 11 inning game Saturday, but they were only able to go 1-11 with runners in scoring position. As a result, they stranded 15 runners on base.

“I don’t have a tough gauge-ometer,” Clint Hurdle said. “We left 15 men on base. We put them out there every inning, just about. So at the end of the day, it’s all about scoring runs…we weren’t able to get them in today. There’s nothing we can do about that now.”

HOW THEY SCORED:
Josh Bell knocked in the first Pirates run with a two out single in the third, plating Andrew McCutchen. Austin Slater tied it with a home run on the first pitch of the sixth.

In the top of the 11th, a passed ball advanced Denard Span to second before a two out wild pitch scored him.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED:
After Hunter Strickland loaded the bases with three straight walks with two outs in the ninth, Elias Diaz was caught looking at strike three to end the inning. The pitch, which would have been ball three, appeared to be inside, according to Gameday’s feed. Diaz agrees.

“It was definitely a ball, inside, but like I said, it’s baseball,” Diaz said.

TOE THE RUBBER:
Chad Kuhl rebounded nicely after a tough finish in St. Louis Sunday night, going six innings with only a solo home run held against him. He walked one and struck out three on two hits, despite only throwing eight first pitch strikes to 21 batters. He retired five on three pitches or less.

Kuhl credited his performance to fastball command. “Being able to mix it in and out to lefties and righties,” he said.

After scoreless frames by Tony Watson and Juan Nicasio, Felipe Rivero went double duty in the ninth and 10th. Daniel Hudson took the loss (1-4), allowing an unearned run to score after a passed ball and a wild pitch.

“I missed it,” Diaz said.

Giants’ starter Matt Moore went 5.2 innings of four hit, one run ball. Josh Osich pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win (2-1). Sam Dyson picked up his first save with the Giants.

I SPY:
Diaz went 0-5, but the big news is he ended three potential rallies in the first, third and ninth. He stranded eight men on base in those innings. He is 6 for his last 37 since June 13.

LINE OF THE NIGHT:
Chad Kuhl: ND, 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K

HE SAID IT:
“I’m going to get beat with my best pitch to right-handers in that situation.” – Daniel Hudson on going with the slider on the pitch that scored the winning run.

ON DECK:
Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.82) and Jeff Samardzija (3-9, 4.63) get the billing in the final game of the series. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m..

NUMB3RS:
1. McCutchen extended his on-base streak to 10 straight plate appearances in the third with a double down the left field line. The streak broke in the fifth when he struck out.

2. Kuhl recorded the 16th out of the game for the first time in his last 13 outings. His streak of 12 straight starts going five innings or less tied a major league record (Drew Pomeranz, 2012).

3. Hurdle challenged three calls during the game and won two. The Pirates are 14-22 on challenges this year (63.6%).

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