The Pittsburgh Pirates first inning woes continued on Wednesday after James McDonald allowed San Diego to plate three runs in the opening frame. The first inning struggle has been somewhat of a trend for the Bucs as of late.
In each of the opening frames against the Padres over the three game set, the starters have allowed at least two runs to touch home plate. Over their last five games, the club has allowed the opposing team to score in the first inning in four of those contests.
It's hard to battle back and win when the club has trailed from the start lately. The Pirates have been outscored 90-59 in the first inning this season and post a 31-45 record when the opposing team scores first.
McDonald struggled in the first inning, but was able to battle through his next four innings and give the team a chance to win, despite not having his best stuff. McDonald continues to work himself back to the first half right-hander that was the staff ace f...