James McDonald tossed six plus innings of shutout baseball and the Pirates offense got just enough as the Pirates blanked San Francisco 2-0.
It wasn't all that pretty, but McDonald was effective. San Francisco had at least one runner on base in every inning except the eighth. But they were unable to come up with a key hit to push a run across.
The Pirates collected three straight hits off of Madison Bumgarner to start the second. Neil Walker singled and Steve Pearce doubled. A single from Chris Snyder scored Walker with the first run of the night. But Bumgarner stuck out Pedro Alvarez and got Brandon Wood on a shallow fly out before whiffing McDonald to end the threat. Other than that inning, Pittsburgh collected just two more hits off of Bumgarner over six innings.
Dan Runzler relieved and got into trouble in the seventh. Alvarez and Wood singled. Two outs later it looked like the Pirates might come away empty. But Jose Tabat...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.