Tony Sanchez hit his first Major League home run, but even that moment did not go perfectly for the Bucs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing went right for the Pirates in their 6-3 road loss to the San Francisco Giants, not even the good parts.
Pittsburgh’s best starting pitcher this season, Francisco Liriano, was far from his sharpest. He allowed four runs in the first inning and could only pitch four frames. An offense that collected 20 hits the last two nights against the Giants could manage only three against starter Tim Lincecum.
The night’s lone bright spot was Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez hitting his first Major League home run off the former Cy Young Award winner. That too was marred by the fact that Sanchez does not have the baseball he clubbed deep over AT&T Park’s left-field wall on a full count. A ball was thrown from the crowd onto the field, but it was a Pony League ball and not the MLB ball Sanchez had deposited into the seats.
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