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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates got superb performances early Thursday night from James McDonald and Andrew McCutchen, and were able to hang on to the lead and earn a win against the Nats.
For whatever reason, McCutchen destroys the Nationals. He homered twice off Jordan Zimmermann – four of his five homers this year have come against the Nats. His batting average is up to .349 on the year, and against the Nationals he’s hitting .463 for his career.
Rod Barajas also homered off Zimmermann–a two run shot. Barajas is legitimately heating up…his average is all the way up to .214! Ever since that walkoff blast last week, he’s been swinging the bat with much more confidence.
If the power surge wasn’t enough to make Bucco fans happy, James McDonald certainly did. J-Mac was as dominant as he’s ever been to start the game–he was perfect through four with TEN strikeouts. He took a no-hitter into the sixth before promptly falling apart, which was very unfortunate and ruined what could have been an amazing outing...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.
McDonald retired his first 13 batters - striking out nine - and was helped by two spectacular plays on defense, from Casey McGehee at first base and McCutchen in center field. The right...
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs last night against the Nationals in last night’s 5-3 win. He now has five jacks on the year…four of them are against the Nats. In five games against the Nats this year, Cutch went 10 for 17 (.588), 4 homers, 6 RBI and a .650 OBP. Not too shabby.
James McDonald wasn’t too shabby last night either. After the Pirate pitchers had looked like...
Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 3
WP: A.J. Burnett (2-2, 4.78 ERA)
LP: Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.89 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (9, 3.07 ERA)
If you hadn’t heard already, Andrew McCutchen likes facing left-handed pitchers. Going into today’s game, he was hitting .314/.390/.539 for his career against southpaws. Well, today he helped out those stats, with not one, but two 2-run home runs off the...
Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
A day after Detroit's Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth while shutting out the Pirates, McCutchen went deep twice off Tigers rookie Drew Smyly (1-1). It was McCutchen's sixth career multihomer...
DETROIT (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
A day after Detroit's Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth while shutting out the Pirates, McCutchen went deep twice off Tigers rookie Drew Smyly (1-1). It was McCutchen's sixth...
The Thursday Takeaway
Pirates starter James McDonald took home his third win of the season last night, but by the time he left the mound, he had been saddled with three runs in 5 2/3 innings—an outcome that belied his dominance of the Nationals in his team’s 5-3 win.
The 27-year-old righty cruised through his first five innings, pounding the zone and missing plenty of bats...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have squandered a lot of drafts over the last two decades. But they appeared to hit the jackpot in the 2005 MLB draft when they selected a sinewy high school outfielder from Fort Meade, Florida with the 11th pick. In a draft that featured names like Braun, Zimmerman, Bruce, Tulowitzki, Upton, and Ellsbury, it is hard to believe there would be room for one...
Adam Jones hit another home run on Thursday. So it goes.
Let's get right to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates #2 - 22.33 seconds [video]
All the talk from this game seemed to center around starting pitcher James MacDonald, who had a fantastic game. He didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and struck out 11 batters in only 5 â
Jordan Zimmermann has been a big part of the Washington Nationals' success on the mound.
Pittsburgh Pirates counterpart James McDonald has made significant contributions to his team as well.
Zimmermann takes the hill opposite McDonald as the Nationals try for a two-game sweep of the visiting Pirates on Thursday night.
Washington (23-14) has posted a major league-best 2.89...
Not that this is something that you, The Reader, really care much about, but I have been One Busy Dude lately. Ever since my TA work for the semester ended, I've been working pretty much non-stop to get ready for a talk I'm giving at a conference at the end of the month. MLB.tv has been my savior, because I can come home, grab some food, and head back into lab to finish up...
Pirates (17-20) at Nationals (whatever their record is)
7:05 PM EST—Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Pirates will try to snap a two-game skid tonight in DC. They’ll also be going for a series split with the Nats, which would also give them a season series win over Washington.
I’d say this is a fairly important game for the Pirates...
After winning three in a row, the Pirates have turned in two pretty ugly performances. It'd be nice if they stopped that this evening in Washington and earned a split of the four games they've played in Miami and DC in the first part of this week. The good news for the Pirates is that James McDonald, who's been absolutely fantastic in his last four starts, is on the mound...