The Giants rotation was brilliant against the Pirates, but the innings clock is ticking

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants couldn’t have asked more from their starting pitchers while taking a home weekend series from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kyle Harrison pitched six strong innings on Friday. Jordan Hicks pitched six strong innings on Saturday. And Keaton Winn followed with six more in a 3-2 victory on a sun-splashed, Sunday afternoon. The three starters who were expected to comprise the Nos. 3-5 spots in the rotation combined to hold the Pirates to two runs over the weekend. They struck out 21 and issued just one walk. They have had games this season that were so tidy and featured so much grounder-churning efficiency that an art appraiser might attribute them to “the workshop of Logan Webb.”

Which makes the following conundrum all the more interesting. Because if the Giants are a 5-year-old in a psychology experiment, they are not only eating the marshmallow now. They’re stuffing their cheeks with three of them.

“We know,” Giants manager Bob Melvin…


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