Found June 22, 2012 on
The "Mc" Effect:
After a brilliant outing by James McDonald Thursday night, AJ Burnett took the hill for the Pirates and decided he wanted to win his seventh straight outing. AJ pitched six solid innings of two hit ball, while striking out four. He worked out of a huge jam in the sixth inning getting two of the most feared hitters in the league, in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, to ground into a double play and pop out with nobody out. Jared Hughes allowed the only run of the game for the Pirates pitching staff, and was followed by Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan who all threw scoreless outings for the Bucs.
Neil Walker and Garrett Jones drove in runs in the bottom of the first, and the only other runs for the Pirates came in the second inning on a two-error play by the Tigers. Rod Barajas had two hits and Andrew McCutchen continued his hot hitting with three hits of his own.
The Pirates now have a chance to win the series tomorrow and Sunday with a 4:05 start tomorrow, a game that will be televised on FOX.
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The Pirates grabbed hold of an early lead on Friday night and hung on to it the rest of the way, defeating the Tigers 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park.
A.J. Burnett won his seventh start in a row–the longest such streak by a Pirate since Dock Ellis. Burnett went six scoreless and allowed just two hits (although he walked three) while striking out four. After A.J. worked...
The Pirates put together a beautiful game tonight on all sides. From James McDonald’s complete game to the 3 Pirates homers, the pitching remained one of the best in baseball while the offense came alive. In fact, the Pirates have scored the 4th most amount of runs in Major League Baseball this month. JMac pitched [...]
A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight...
I'm not sure if there's a bigger surprise of a player in baseball this year than Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald. After defeating the Twins last night, McDonald's ERA sits at 2.19, with a .195 batting average, 0.95 WHIP, and an 83:24 strikeout to walk ratio in 90 1/3 innings. His ERA is fourth in the National League, his strikeout to walk ratio is 15th...
The Pirates did what they were supposed to do, cruising behind their ace to a big win over a bad Twins team. They did so in extremely impressive fashion, however, and won their second straight series (and seventh out of eight). The victory gets the Bucs back to three over .500, within two of the division, and within one of the wild card.
James McDonald was phenomenal yet again. Remember...
James McDonald pitched his first career complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh's three home runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
McDonald (6-3) continued his breakthrough season by allowing one run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.19. He has allowed one run or...
Final: Pirates 9, Twins 1
WP: James McDonald (6-3, 2.19 ERA)
LP: Liam Hendriks (0-4, 7.39 ERA)
This game really could not have gone any better. Going into this one, you had to like the Pirates’ chances as you had our ace going up against someone named Liam Hendriks. Hendriks hails from Australia, but his ERA is anything but “down under.” (Terrible attempt at a joke, I know…let’s...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-32, two games back in their division and one game behind the Mets or Giants for the second wild card spot. The last time the Pirates were playing this well was July 25, 2011, after James McDonald pitched very well on a road game against the Braves. The next night, the Pirates lost the infamous 19-inning contest and were never the same again. They won...
Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 1
WP: A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24 ERA)
LP: Doug Fister (1-4, 2.72 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (18, 2.33 ERA)
You know things are going well when Rod Barajas, owner of a 4.5 40-yard dash (4.5 is in minutes, of course), somehow comes around to score from first base on a bunt.
With the Pirates already up 2-0 in the 2nd, Pedro Alvarez and Barajas hit back-to-back singles...
The Pirates open a three-game series with Detroit on Friday at PNC Park. Right-hander A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Bucs. The Tigers will counter with lefty Doug Fister.
One of the things that I've really liked about the last few games for the Pirates (and if it wasn't already clear, I've liked quite a few things) is that the Pirates have been playing opponents that have made mistakes, and the Pirates have seriously cashed in on them. Against the Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera booted balls all over the field on Saturday and Sunday and the...
I'm going to go more into this in the morning, but the path to the Pirates being a respectable team this year might not be any more complicated than just beating bad baseball teams. That's easier said than done, of course, particularly if the team in question might be considered a bad baseball team, too, but the point is that if the Pirates are going to do something surprising...
Just yesterday Merx was flipping out because Clint Hurdle never let’s his starters finish off a quality start. Well, someone in the Pirates organization must’ve let the skipper know about because last night James McDonald got to stay on the mound for the entire game.
J-Mac threw the first complete game of his career and held the Twins to just one run as he lowered his ERA...
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