The Pirates could not string together enough hits and wasted a solid pitching performance from James McDonald in a 6-0 loss in San Francisco.
McDonald took the loss tonight but it wasn’t solely on his shoulders as he gave the Pirates a quality start in his six innings of work, only giving up four hits and three runs. He gave up his 19th and 20th home runs of the year, both solo shots, and didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning when he gave up a leadoff double that would come around to score the first Giants run. JMac had some decent stuff tonight as he was hitting 95 and 96 on the gun throughout the game and into the sixth inning and when his changeup was on he was pretty much unhittable. The few mistakes that JMac made were right down the heart of the plate and the Giants made him pay. He also walked three batters (one intentional) which came to the leadoff batter of the game and the pitcher, not two instances where you want to give out a free pass. Overall this was a good start even if he didn’t have his top stuff.
The offense was well off its mark tonight as they couldn’t get anything done. They only managed to get five hits and were pretty terrible with runners in scoring position all night. The Pirates continued a tiring trend of striking out, a lot, for the 36th time this year they struck out 10 or more times with every starter but catcher Ryan Doumit having a punch out tonight and going down 11 times total. The Pirates were also 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Not going to cut it.
The game was actually closer than the final score as the Giants scored three runs in the top of the ninth when the defense and pitching was sloppy at best. Jason Grilli couldn’t get the job done and Joe Beimel wasn’t much better. Throw in a Ryan Doumit error and you can see where things might get out of hand.
Overall this was pretty a open and shut game. The offense didn’t get the job done and the pitching did pretty well. The good part is that the Pirates took game one yesterday (or two days ago) and have a chance to win the series when Jeff Karstens takes the bump for the day game tomorrow.