James McDonald struggled with his control tonight. - Photo by Mark Olson

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star breakĀ ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196). However, both those numbers took a hit in the first game back on Friday in Milwaukee as McDonald struggled from the get-go on the bump.

McDonald allowed five runs (four earned) over just 4.2 innings. He gave up eight hits to the Brewers -- the most hits allowed in any of his 18 starts this season. McDonald also tied his season-high with five walks while striking out just two. It also marked ...

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