Game summary: Thu 18 May 5:30 PM
Avard Carries Giants into First Place
RHP Forester Avard pitched and hit the Giants into first place on Thursday. The righty threw a one-hit shutout and struck out nine Pirates. He also homered in his first two at-bats and knocked in five runs. CF Rowan Lonergan and 3B Thaddeus Sawyer each added hits for the Giants. SS/C Tucker Sargent scored three runs and RF Sam Hall scored a pair. Pirates SS/RHP Sam Bogart got the Bucs' lone hit and also made his debut on the mound. 1B Devin Speno made a highlight play at first base on a hard bouncer off the bat of Avard.