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James McDonald gives up six runs, wins anyway

Jul 18, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

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Maybe this really is the Pirates’ year.

All-Star Game snub James McDonald won Wednesday despite surrendering six runs to the Rockies in five innings at Coors Field. The Pirates knocked Jeremy Guthrie around for six runs in the first three innings and scored three more times in the fifth in a 9-6 victory.

McDonald became the first Pirates pitcher since Paul Maholm on Aug. 18, 2007 to give up six runs in a victory. It had happened just three times since 2000, with Josh Fogg (June 14, 2003 against the Rays) and Kris Benson (May 26, 2004) also accomplishing the feat.

McDonald opened the season with a stretch of 14 straight starts in which he allowed three runs or less, and he entered the All-Star break 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA. He’s struggled in back-to-back outings since, allowing 11 runs — 10 earned — in 9 2/3 innings.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Suspend all logic at Coors field. Pirates are glad to be going back home after a 3-3 road trip.

  2. andrewproughcfe - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    He also was a contributor to a 5-run rally in the 3rd inning that put the Pirates ahead and on their way to victory, by leading off with a single, and scoring on a home run by Garrett Jones. McDonald battled hard on a day when the balls were flying out.

    He should be getting a lot of credit for grinding out a win on a day when he threw 2 home run balls and was behind 3-0 before he threw his second strike of the game. Most pitchers would give up after a start like that, and wait for the manager to bring the hook. JMac hung in there and battled on the mound and at the plate, and I’ll bet his teammates really appreciate the fact that he gave it his all and helped lead them to a comeback from a large early deficit.

  3. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    McDonald I need you. You have become the anchor to my fantasy baseball staff. Don’t disappear on me the second half!

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