All posts tagged "James McDonald"

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    Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

    Hanrahan picked up his tenth save. The Pirates blew another late lead, but a three run homer from Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the eighth brought the Pirates back from the brink. James McDonald pitched very well. Instead of a win, he gets a no decision. The Pirates had a couple...

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    Game 29 Recap: Early Runs Aid McDonald’s Strong Effort

    A first inning tater from Jones set the tone. The Cincinnati Reds have been plagued by giving up first inning runs. Tonight their former ace, Aaron Harang now pitching for San Diego, was troubled by the same problem. Harang gave up a pair of two run bombs in the first inning as...

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    Game 24 Recap: McDonald Gets Going

    McDonald picked up his first W on the season. James McDonald tossed six plus innings of shutout baseball and the Pirates offense got just enough as the Pirates blanked San Francisco 2-0. It wasn't all that pretty, but McDonald was effective. San Francisco had at least one runner on base in every...

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    Game 19 Recap: Fish Pound McDonald

    Alvarez hit his first homer of the season. A game whose scoring started with so much promise - Pedro Alvarez' first homer of the year - quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next...

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    Game 14 Recap: Hernandez’ Slam Dooms Bucs

    McDonald didn't make it out of the fifth inning Ramon Hernandez highlighted a seven run fifth inning with a grand slam as Cincinnati returned the beating by winning 11-2. The pitch Hernandez drove over the fence was the last toss from Pirates starter James McDonald. The Reds drew first blood as Jonny...

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    Game 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

    Two 1st inning walks from McDonald helped put the Pirates in an early four run hole. There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through...

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    Game 5 Recap: Cards Scratch Out One Run Win

    Alvarez struck out three times tonight and hit into a double play. There will be better days for Pedro Alvarez. There will be - and already have been in his short career - stellar days. This was not one of them. Alvarez whiffed three times and hit into a double play as...

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    Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

    Olson should make the Opening Day roster with Olsen and Beimel hurt. At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever...

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    Plan B: Jeff Karstens and Brian Burres

    Karstens is the plan B for the Pirates' rotation. Yesterday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeff Karstens throwing four innings as the starter in a AAA game at Pirate City.  Today, Brian Burres took the mound at McKechnie, throwing five innings.  Manager Clint Hurdle said this afternoon that the Pirates are trying...

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    Injury Updates: McCutchen, McDonald, Doumit, Bowker

    Jenifer Langosch has some injury updates from Spring Training... McCutchen is back in the lineup today. -Andrew McCutchen, who left yesterday's game with a sore wrist, is back in the lineup today. -James McDonald, who also left yesterday's game, isn't sure when he will be able to do light work.  McDonald left...

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