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James McDonald allows one hit over seven innings, gets the no-decision, Pirates lose

Apr 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Quite the dispiriting opening to today’s Pirates-Rockies doubleheader. At least if you’re the Pirates or one of their fans.

Bucs’ starter James McDonald allowed only one hit in seven innings — the first hit coming in the seventh — and struck out eight and ended up allowing only one run.  Despite this, the Pirates lost 2-1 and McDonald got a no-decision.

Not that McDonald was totally screwed by his teammates or anything. He allowed the leadoff walk to Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh and then threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners and led to the Rockies’ first run of the game. But still: it’s not like he had any margin for error. The Pirates got a Pedro Alvarez homer and that’s all.

McDonald now has a 2.78 ERA for the season, but has yet to win a game.  Tough stuff.

  1. The Common Man - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    All together now…doesn’t know how to win.

  2. SmackSaw - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Ned Colletti traded him for Octavio Dotel. Ned hates the Dodgers.

  3. redguy12588 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Why do I root for this team? I need a hug.

    • icanspeel - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      I feel your pain.. I am a Padres fan. We know all too well about seeing nice pitching performances blown by anemic hitting.

      • florida76 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        No need for the doom and gloom, folks. Bucs came back to win Game 2 of the doubleheader, so even with the bad offense, the club is 8-10 overall.

  4. Jonny 5 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Nothin’ but a PA thing..

  5. mj1818 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    This was the case last year as Maholm received little to no run support but still posted a sub 4 ERA. If Pedro can continue to improve and hit the way he is, the dynamic of the entire lineup could change significantly if they have someone finally drop 30. But Pedro is far from that but I do like seeing him come around the way he was projected to.

  6. ermur22 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Paaaathetic….why would any pitcher choose to play for this team? I couldn’t think of a better spot for AJ Burnett. Enjoy!!

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