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 just move on.)
James McDonald was brilliant tonight getting his first career complete game. He gave up just one run, on a Ryan Doumit RBI single, and didn’t walk a batter while recording five strikeouts.
The Pirates’ offense put on quite a display. Andrew McCutchen was a homer shy of the cycle. Rod Barajas, Garrett Jones, and Pedro Alvarez all hit home runs. And a good time was had by all.
The Pirates’ June surge has catapulted them into 29th place in the Majors in runs scored after holding down the 30th spot since Opening Day. Take that, San Diego.
Pedro Alvarez is 9 for 17 with five home runs, two doubles,...