Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/19/14
More than anything, this was a James McDonald Game. McDonald had a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the first inning. He walked two of the first three hitters, then gave up a double, then a home run. It looked like the Pirates were going to be stuck with J-Mac at his worst. Instead, McDonald set down nine of the ten hitters he faced in the second, third, and fourth innings, only allowing a walk to Gerardo Parra in the second. He got into a bit of trouble in the fifth when he gave up a Parra double and hit Aaron Hill with a pitch, but Garrett Jones bailed him out of trouble with a 3-6-3 double play. To top it all off, McDonald came up with a huge hit in the fourth inning that helped key the Pirates' five-run rally that inning. When McDonald came up to the plate with runners on first and second in the second inning, Kirk Gibson put a wheel play on that resulted in McDonald bunting into a fielder's choice. When McDonald came up in the same situation in the fourth, Gibson made the...
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