All posts tagged "James McDonald"

  • Top Stories
    Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

    About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 110 Recap: 3 Run 8th Pushes Losing Streak to 7

    This was nothing short of a gut punch. The Pirates scraped together a six run fourth inning to take a two run lead only to watch the bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth. The result was the seventh straight loss for a club that is badly in need of answers as...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 100 Recap: McDonald K’s a Bunch in Pirates Win

    The Pirates made good use of limited scoring opportunities and James McDonald was blazing as the pitchers held Atlanta to a single run. The Pirates remain in first by percentage points over the Cardinals and picked up a game on the Braves in the Wild Card standings. Really impressive win on national...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

    The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

    Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

    The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez...

  • Analysis
    The Pitching Staff is Good, But Not This Good

    Maholm has been good this year, but he's not this good. One of the big concerns I've had with the makeup of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been the starting pitching.  The rotation has been the strong point of the team this year.  Pirates' starters have the 8th best ERA in the...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 82 Recap: Jones, McCutchen Boost Bucs Late

    The Pirates appeared to be wasting yet another strong effort from the starting corps – this time from James McDonald. But back-to-back solo homers in the eighth from Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen propelled the Pirates to a 5-3 win. The Pirates jumped on Livan Hernandez for two first inning runs. Alex...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 77 Recap: Errors Cost Bucs Shot at Sweep

    Andrew Miller and the Red Sox bullpen held the Pirates offense to five singles and two runs. The Pirates were betrayed by some spotty defense and some walks. Three unearned runs were scored on four errors. Three of the four Boston runs were scored by players who had drawn a free pass....

  • Analysis
    Should the Pirates Make a Move?

    At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren't winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and...

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