SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates ride a 10-game losing streak into tonight’s game, their longest skid since dropping 12 games in a row from June 6-18, 2010. This is the fourth season out of the past six that the Pirates have had a double-digit losing streak. Although they never had a winning record from 1993-2005, they also never lost more than nine consecutive games in any of those seasons.
»»» This is the Pirates’ 10th road trip of the year. They have won the opening game in eight of the previous nine road swings.
»»» Brandon Wood is starting tonight at shortstop, as Ronny Cedeno has been benched for the second game in a row. Wood has hit safely in six of his past seven games (8 for 19, .421) and has homered twice in his past five games. Since the All-Star break, Wood is batting .311 (14 for 45) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI.
Lineups for today’s game:
Pirates (54-59) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Garrett Jones 1rf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Ryan Ludwick lf, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Brandon Wood ss, 8. Michael McKenry c 9. Charlie Morton rhp (8-6, 3.80)
Giants (63-52) – 1. Andres Torres cf, 2. Jeff Keppinger 2b, 3. Pablo Sandoval 3b, 4. Aubrey Huff 1b, 5. Nate Schierholtz rf, 6. Orlando Cabrera ss, 7. Aaron Rowand lf, 8. Eli Whiteside c, 9. Ryan Vogelsong rhp (9-1, 2.19)