BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald's last trip to the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros was impressive. McDonald tossed 5.1 of hitless ball, and overall allowed just one run on two hits over 7.0 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three while throwing 75 pitches.
McDonald fared much differently in his fifth start during Grapefruit League action of the spring on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field. Overall, McDonald allowed 10 runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. He walked seven batters, struck out one and gave up two long balls.
"It’s not frustrating. It’s baseball," McDonald said. "I’ve had days where it’s worse. Some days, I’ve made those same pitches, and I ended up giving up one run. One day you can be on top of the word, the next day you can be down. You got to learn how to just go out there next time and compete."
McDonald started the game with back-to-back walks, with three overall in the first frame. After getting Alexi Casilla caug...