The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game.
Russell Martin went 0 for 10 at the plate in the Pirates’ first three games. Photo credit: David Hague
Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher.
James McDonald allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen.
“I was happy with the way I competed. Every pitch meant something to me,” McDonald said. “I went out there and went straight after guys and did OK.”
McDonald struck out four and gave up two walks and at one point retired 11 consecutive batters until walking Brent Schierholtz in the seventh. The bullpen — which had yet to allow a hit and a strong point for the team in the first two games of the season — let up two more runs that gave the Cubs just enough breathing room as it turned out.
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