Alternate title: “Good hitters gonna hit” — James McDonald, 4/15/2013
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not want to speculate about a possible injury bothering James McDonald after Pittsburgh’s 10-6 loss to the Cardinals. Photo Credit: David Hague
Today’s Pirates Pregame asked the question: Which James McDonald would we see today? It did not take long to get the answer.
McDonald was hit early, hit hard and hit often before being pulled after retiring just five St. Louis Cardinals. In that time, the Cardinals scored eight runs (thought it’s worth noting that only three of them were earned, after a throwing error by Clint Barmes with two outs kept the second inning alive) on eight hits and used that early production to run and hide from the Pirates the rest of the night. When it was all said and done, St. Louis got out of PNC Park with a 10-6 win in the first of a three-game weekday series.
It was easy to tell something was not quite right with McDonald. His velocity was down and his p...