Game 24 Recap: McDonald Gets Going

McDonald picked up his first W on the season.

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 Tabata hit a big two out single off Guillermo Mota to make it 2-0.

Joel Hanrahan put two men on in the ninth before getting Miguel Tejada to hit into a game ending double play.

McDonald walked four and gave up four hits. He struck out three. Bumgarner gave up one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked just one.

The Good
Walker and Pearce each had two hits.

Hopefully McDonald will build on this success.

The Bad
Hanrahan was shaky in the ninth but got the job done.

Bucs bats stay silent.

The Rest
Last time McDonald was unscored upon was 9/13/10 against the Mets when he went eight innings. This was the ninth career appearance and second start for McDonald against the Giants. He came into the game 0-1.

Bumgarner had not faced the Pirates before this game.

Pittsburgh came into the game with the second worst offense in terms of runs scored in the National League.

Resop has gone eight straight appearances without allowing a run.

Author: Randy Linville

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/BuccoMike Mike

    Finally Bowker is gone dfa’ed to make room for Xavier Paul and the defense and option is get up with the club in Steve Pearce who great with glove at first and can back up Overbay nice move Buccos.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t know Bowker was DFA’d, but it was a good move. Saw him wave at strike 3 vs Cin a few days ago. Picked up a faster player with a better arm and defense, but lacking in power.

    Very, very early but Wood is showing some patience. I’d like to hear how he is looking at SS.

    Resop in, Meek stays in pen. Very apparent hurdle is out to win, not keep guys in the lineup who aren’t getting it done.

    Mike, your comments are appreciated but could you proofread what you write ‘cuz most of the time I don’t know what you’re saying. An occassional period would be nice too.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what Buc games your watching.

  • Anonymous

    Next start McDonald will be lucky to go five innings, because he’s a Buc pitcher.