Youth being served as Giants, Pirates meet

May 21, 2024, 7:23 AM | Updated: 7:23 am

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 18: Luis Matos #29 and Jorge Soler #2 of the San Francisco Giants c...

(Photo by Kavin Mistry/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kavin Mistry/Getty Images)

Two teams that have benefited from a recent youth infusion will meet when the visiting San Francisco Giants begin a three-series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Luis Matos, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano have provided a welcome spark for San Francisco, which extended its winning streak to a season-high four games on Sunday after completing a three-game series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Ramos homered in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Rockies to help the Giants record their first series sweep this season. Matos and Luciano have also excelled since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier this month.

“Anytime these guys start out in Triple-A and get a chance in the big leagues, they’re inspired,” San Francisco manager Bob Melvin said. “The energy is there right away and we’ve seen it from every one of these guys. That filters into the feeling of the team. … It’s been refreshing.”

More on Giants vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh has experienced similar results since promoting starting pitcher Paul Skenes and second baseman Nick Gonzales from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Skenes struck out 11 batters over six no-hit innings in his second major league start on Friday, while Gonzales continues to impress after struggling in his first stint with the Pirates last season.

Pittsburgh is beginning a six-game homestand after taking three of four from the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. Gonzales singled in two runs in Sunday’s 3-2 win and went 5-for-16 with a home run and four RBIs in the series.

“He’s had really consistent at-bats,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I mean, big two-out base hit today. He went down to Triple-A, he worked on his swing, he worked on the path and I think we’re seeing the benefits of it since he’s been back in the big leagues.”

Left-hander Martin Perez (1-3, 4.86 ERA) will get the start for Pittsburgh in the series opener after giving up nine runs — including five home runs — over five innings in a 10-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last Wednesday.

“He was just in the heart of the plate the entire game and then the changeup wasn’t as effective as it’s been previously,” Shelton said. “He left a couple of them up. And when you leave changeups up, they’re going to get hit.”

Perez, 33, has given up a total of 16 earned runs across 15 1/3 innings in his last three starts.

The Giants’ Matt Chapman is 7-for-20 against Perez, who has gone 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three career starts versus San Francisco. He allowed one unearned run in six innings in a no-decision against the Giants on April 27.

San Francisco will counter with right-hander Logan Webb (4-4, 3.03), who tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday. Webb settled in after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning.

The 27-year-old Webb has pitched at least six innings in seven of his first 10 starts of the season. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against Pittsburgh.

–Field Level Media

Upcoming schedule for the San Francisco Giants

  • Tuesday, May 21st-Thursday, May 23rd – @ Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Friday, May 24th-Sunday, May 26th – @ New York Mets
  • Monday, May 27h-Wednesday, May, 29th – vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • Friday, May 31st-Sunday, June 2nd – vs. New York Yankees
  • Monday, June 3rd-Wednesday, June 5th – @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


San Francisco Giants

Heliot Ramos #17 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after not being able to catch a home run hit by...

Field Level Media

Alec Burleson blasts two homers as Cardinals beat Giants

Alec Burleson hit two homers and drove in five runs to propel the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting San Francisco Giants 9-4 on Saturday.

2 days ago

Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is seen before the game between the St. Louis Ca...

Field Level Media

Barry Bonds, Willie Mays’ godson, attends Birmingham game

Barry Bonds paid tribute to his late godfather, Willie Mays, by attending the San Francisco Giants' game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala.

3 days ago

Taylor Rogers #33 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the 2024 Rickwood game between the San...

Field Level Media

Cardinals edge Giants in Negro Leagues tribute game

Brendan Donovan hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to propel the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., as Major League Baseball paid tribute to the Negro Leagues.

4 days ago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 18: An image of Willie Mays is displayed on the video board while everyone...

Field Level Media

Birmingham game turns into tribute to baseball legend Willie Mays

The death of baseball legend Willie Mays heightens the emotions for the Giants vs. Cardinals game at Rickwood Field on Thursday.

4 days ago

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 19: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants drops a fly ball in right fi...

Field Level Media

Kyle Hendricks strikes out season-high 8 as Cubs edge Giants

The Chicago Cubs held on to beat the visiting San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game series.

4 days ago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 18: Dansby Swanson #7 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by Ian Happ #8 ...

Field Level Media

Cubs peak in eighth inning to knock off Giants

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer for the Chicago Cubs during a 5-2 win against the visiting San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

5 days ago

Youth being served as Giants, Pirates meet