Found August 05, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
It was another frustrating night in Cincinnati for the Pirates, as they came up short in both the beanball/intimidation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it battle as well as, you know, the game itself. The Bucs are in danger of being swept in the weekend series, and they now trail the Reds by 5.5 games. Their wild-card edge for the second spot is also down to just 2.5 over the Cardinals. I didn’t want James McDonald to come out and nail anybody in the first inning. He’s been struggling and it would have been asking for trouble against a good lineup in a huge game. J-Mac didn’t, but still got off to a messy start. The Reds led off with two singles, compounded by a wild throw by Pedro Alvarez. McDonald recovered well with two strikeouts of Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce to nearly escape the inning, but Scott Rolen hit a decent inside fastball the other way for a two run single. That hurt, and it seemed like J-Mac could be on the verge of another disastrous outing. Michael McKenry–batting fifth f...
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