James McDonald - Photo by Mark Olson

It's been a frustrating second half of the season for James McDonald. But there have been signs that the right-hander is bouncing back to his first half form.

McDonald had to battle on Saturday at PNC Park against Chicago. The only clean inning he threw was the first. But he was able to stay away from the big innings, which had caused him trouble in some recent outings prior.

"That was big," McDonald said. "For me, the problem today was the leadoff hitter. I got the leadoff hitter on too many times. They scored I think every time a leadoff hitter got on. I was happy to keep the damage to a minimum with one run really [staying away] from the big inning, not letting things get out of control."

"That was real good, as far as competing and being...

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