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Pirates Extend Winning Streak To Four With 4-1 Win Over Giants

Pirates Score 4 In The First And Get Solid Pitching From Jordan Lyles And The Bullpen

April 20, 2019 - 12:50 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - A 2-run Double by Francisco Cervelli and RBI Single's by Pablo Reyes and J.B Shuck in the 1st inning was all the Pirates needed offensively to go with 6 shutout innings from Starting Pitcher Jordan Lyles as the Pirates defeat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Friday night at PNC Park.

Cervelli has faced some struggles at the plate over the past couple weeks, but was able to get the big hit with two outs in the 1st inning against Madison Bumgarner.

"It feels like a base hit in the World Series," said Cervelli. "What you guys have been seeing (lately) is not me, I feel a little embarrassed, but this is the game and we got to figure it out."

Lyles made the four runs scored in the first inning by the offense hold up as he lowered his ERA even more to 0.53 as he pitched 6 shutout innings only giving up 4 hits and striking out 6 before leaving the game with a right hand contusion after the 6th inning.

Lyles talked about being able to settle in after the double play to end the Giants half of the second inning.

"I think the game came down to the 1st inning when we were able to put up a 4 spot and then (in the) top of the 2nd when we were able to get that flyout double play at home," said Lyles. "They could of got back in the game with a lot of energy on their side, but Melky made a tremendous throw and we were able to get out of that and were able to settle down."

Felipe Vasquez closed out the game in the 9th inning with 3 strikeouts and the Pirates improved to 11-6 and extending their winning streak to 4 games.

Injuries were a story of the night as Outfielder Starling Marte and Shortstop Erik Gonzalez collided with each other going for a flyball in the 8th inning.  Gonzalez walked off the field with a little help from the trainor and Marte was carted off the field.

The Pirates have faced a lot of adversity in the first month of the season, especially with injuries to key players in the lineup, but they seem to be embracing the next man up mentality.

"We really just try to play team ball and unfortunately injuries are apart of it and you never want to see anybody go down and especially tonight was a tough one, they (Gonzalez and Marte) were (going) full speed," said Outfielder J.B Shuck.

Shuck also talked about how adversity early in the season can help a team prepare for the months of July, August, September and beyond.

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle also weighed in on battling some injuries early this season and embracing the next man up mentality with this team.

"We've been doing it here for years and it's the next man up," said Hurdle. "It's a program we have all throughout our system and guys are expecting to come out here to fit it and fold in and play. We always look for opportunity, production and execution. It's not easy by anymeans, your depth is being challenged right now, but I like the way that our men have just continued to focus on who is availavle, who is playing the game and who's going out their pitching."

Jameson Taillon takes the mound for the Pirates in Game 2 of the series Saturday afternoon at 4:05 pm against Derek Holland and the San Francisco Giants.

Listen to Manager Clint Hurdle's entire postgame conversation with the media below:

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