McDonald could be anywhere from an average #2 starter to an average #3 starter.
The Pirates were thisclose to evening their record at 29-29. But Roy Halladay did what an ace is supposed to do: he stopped the Phillies four game slide as Philadelphia salvaged the finale of the weekend series.
The Pirates got to Halladay early and then not again while he was still on the mound. Xavier Paul singled to lead off the game. He scored on a two run bomb from Neil Walker.
Unfortunately, Bucs hurler James McDonald wasn't sharp. Philadelphia scored once in the fourth without a hit. Chase Utley walked. He moved to second on McDonald's second wild pitch of the game. Dusty Brown committed a passed ball to push Utley to third. He scored on a sac fly from Raul Ibanez.
McDonald's control problem...
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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.