All posts tagged "James McDonald"

  • Analysis
    Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

    On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 73 Recap: Bucs Offense Breaks Out

    It was a strange night as the Pirates offense was bountiful but starter James McDonald failed to pitch five innings. Either way, Pittsburgh snapped a four game skid by beating up on Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles. Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison singled to start the game against Guthrie. He then gave...

  • Analysis
    Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

    Is the bullpen really bad, or is Hanrahan really good? Watching Jose Veras closing out the ninth inning in yesterday's game gave me an all too familiar feeling.  It was the same feeling I got at times when Matt Capps was on the mound.  It was the same feeling that I got...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 68 Recap: Bucs Sweep Astros

    The Pirates took advantage of limited scoring opportunities as Garrett Jones three run homer helped propel the Pirates to a series sweep in Houston. The win puts the Pirates two games over .500. Jones’ dinger came in the first on a two strike, two out pitch from rookie Jordan Lyles. It scored...

  • Analysis
    Game 63 Recap: McDonald Notches Fourth Win

    McDonald allowed two runs in six innings for the win. James McDonald wasn't always pretty. But he got the job done. The Mets scored only two runs against him, but they left a lot of men in on. The offense was able to push three runs across as the Pirates pulled within...

  • Analysis
    Game 58 Recap: Halladay Bests Bucs

    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...

  • Analysis
    Game 53 Recap: Harrison Keys Late Rally

    Harrison collected two hits in his big league debut. The Pirates were held at bay by Mets starter R.A. Dickey through seven innings. James McDonald pitched well but exited trailing 1-0. The offense woke up in time to score five late runs in a 5-1 in New York. The Pirates had a...

  • Analysis
    Game 48 Recap: Bucs Fall to Braves in Extras

    A big day from Pearce wasn't enough. The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta. The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames....

  • Analysis
    Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

    Lincoln is on a hot streak, but how do the Pirates fit him in the rotation? Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he'd be an...

  • Analysis
    Game 38 Recap: Gallardo Topples Bucs

    Cedeno homered and started a bench emptying altercation. Yovani Gallardo has the Pirates number. On the mound. At the plate. He's a pain in the rear. Gallardo added a win, two hits, two runs and an RBI to his already impressive resume against the Pirates. The Pirates wasted an early chance against...

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