All posts tagged "James McDonald"

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Solid, Bucs Bats Break Out in 9-3 Win

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bats came out swinging on Monday night in Atlanta in the Bucs 9-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field. For the first time this season, the Pirates scored more than five runs in a game. The last time they plated five runs or more was on September 26th, 2011....

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Pitches One-Hit Gem in Game One of Doubleheader

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald took the bump for game one of the double-header at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon and pitched a gem. The right-hander took a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies into the seventh inning, where he also allowed his first and only run of his outing. “Once I got...

  • Game Recaps
    Strong Pitching Nabs Series Win vs. Dbacks

    The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first road series victory on Wednesday after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Chase Field. It also marked the first time the Bucs won back-to-back games since winning two straight during their Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 7-8. In all three starts during...

  • Analysis
    McDonald Getting Hands on Experience from Veterans

    Photo by Mark Olson The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander James McDonald from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the summer of the 2010 season (along with prospect Andrew Lambo) for then closer Octavio Dotel. In his first full season as a starting pitcher in 2011, McDonald posted a 4.21 ERA over 171 innings....

  • Game Recaps
    Cain Pitches One-Hit Shutout Against Pirates

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bats have gotten off to a slow start to begin the young 2012 season. And on Friday, they were even more silent than they have been over the first six games at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Right-hander Matt Cain started the game by retiring 17 Pirates in a...

  • Analysis
    Bucs Pitching Starts Season Off Strong

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- If your team has strong starting pitching, your club will have the chance to win the game. That proved to be true for the Pirates during the 2011 season. The club's starting staff kept the team in first, or near the top of the National...

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    Pirates Hit Second Straight Walkoff Win Against Phillies

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After walking off to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10 inning on Saturday night at PNC Park, the club showed their resiliency yet again against the tough Philly team. The Bucs hit up their second straight walkoff win in the bottom of the 9th inning in front of 19,856 on Sunday. Casey McGehee picked up...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Lose Final Spring Game, 7-2, to Phillies

    The Pittsburgh Pirates lost, 7-2, to the Philadelphia Phillies in their final game during Grapefruit League action this spring. Right-hander James McDonald allowed one run on two hits over three innings against the Phillies in his sixth start. He walked one and struck out three in his final start during Grapefruit League action this...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Rotation

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation improved their overall record and ERA during the 2011 season when they put up a 49-61 record and a 4.21 ERA, improving from a 34-84 record with a 5.28 ERA in 2010. Over the offseason, the club upgraded their starting staff by signing lefty Erik...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Struggles with Command in Loss to Twins

    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...

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