PITTSBURGH — The Giants had bigger issues to worry about after being shutdown 8-2 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and rookie Gerrit Cole, who was dazzling in his big league debut Tuesday.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro, who is hitting .332 this season and is second in National League All-Star voting at his position, left the game after getting hit by a pitch in the left pinkie in the eighth inning.
“It's all bent like a snake,” Scutaro told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Scutaro had an X-ray after the game which turned out to be negative, but the Giants and Scutaro are worried he may have tendon damage. Scutaro is scheduled to see a hand specialist today to determine the extend of the damage. If there is significant tendon damage, the veteran could miss extended time.
The injury was just salt on the wound for the Giants, who earlier in the day put third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a strained left foot. Outfielder Angel Pagan is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.
As for the game Tuesday, the much ballyhooed Cole was too much for the Giants.
The 22-year-old allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out two without walking a batter. He also opened the scoring with a two-run single in his first plate appearance.
“We knew he had big-time talent and he showed it,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said.
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, Andrew McCutchen and Martin had two hits, and Starling Marte hit a solo home run.
Tim Lincecum (4-6) lost for the fourth time in his last five starts. He gave up four runs — two earned — and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
“I kind of put myself in some holes with some pitches that weren't really even close to the zone,” Lincecum said. “I really wasn't challenging the zone with quality strikes. When I did throw quality strikes, they put them in play and hurt us.
Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias had two hits each for the Giants.
San Francisco reliever George Kontos was ejected in the eighth by plate umpire Wally Bell for hitting McCutchen with a pitch. It was the fourth hit batsman of the game, and it came one inning after Alvarez homered off Kontos. By rule, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was also ejected.
“It was the right thing to do,” Bochy said of the ejection. “Both benches had been warned, and George hit him. That's the way it goes in that situation.”
–Staff, wire report