When: 10:15 PM ET, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), CSN Bay Area (San Francisco)Watch Online
Denied their first series sweep in San Diego in 10 years and clinging to a one-game lead atop the National League Central Division, the Pittsburgh Pirates head to San Francisco to open a four-game set against the reigning World Series champion Giants on Thursday. The Pirates are 4-8 over their last 12 games, with six of the defeats coming against NL West opponents Colorado and Arizona. Pittsburgh received superb pitching in San Diego, permitting only four runs in the three games.
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The Pirates are catching San Francisco at the right time. The Giants have lost three of four and absorbed a pair of beatings at the hands of Boston, including a 12-1 rout Wednesday that dropped them into the division cellar. Despite their struggles, San Francisco has to like its chances in the series opener with Matt Cain on the mound - he has dominated the Pirates in his last two starts, permitting three hits and striking out 14 in 15 2/3 scoreless innings.