Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pirates aim to solve Samardzija in rubber game

After facing Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto to begin the series, the Pirates will face another tough Giants pitcher in 2014 All-Star Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday.
In 14 outings this season, Samardzija has posted an 8-4 record with a 3.14 ERA. The right-hander is coming off his eighth career complete game in San Francisco's 5-1 win vs. Tampa Bay, in which he allowed one run on four hits.
Samardzija has a 4-4 record and 2.25 ERA in 21 career games (10 starts) vs. the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates and try to snap his four-game losing streak. Pittsburgh broke San Francisco's eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 win Monday before losing, 15-4, on Tuesday.
Things to know about this game
• The Giants have lost 10 of their last 14 regular-season games at PNC Park and have not won a series there since 2011.
• Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who ranks second in the National League and third in the Majors with 20 stolen bases, left Tuesday's game with a foot injury.
• San Francisco is 23-14 on the road this season and has the third-best road record in the Majors.

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