The Pirates offense was terrible again. Struck out 13 times which included a career high 11 to Mets starter R.A. Dickey. They also scattered seven hits and really they never mounted much of a scare. Only a few times they had a runner in scoring position and while they do have a great record when they score two runs or more it just wasn't meant to be.
James McDonald continues to be outstanding. He went seven innings and scattered four hits. He also struck out eight batters which is the fifth time he has struck out eight or more batters. To put that in a little better perspective he only did that three times in his career before this year. He is striking out over nine per nine innings and while he has been dominating with his slider he used a much more wide variety of pitches tonight and was just locked in. The only time he got into some trouble was when he gave up a free pass here and there but if you go seven innings and give up only three runs you have an outstanding chance to win.
Josh Harrison continues to play some really good offensive baseball. He started in right field tonight and was the only Bucco to have more than one hit. He tripled to set up the first Pirates run and doubled later in the game. It is good that he can play any position on the field because it gives Clint Hurdle some more flexibility with the lineup to get Harrison in but he should be playing every single day.
Garrett Jones just was brutal tonight. He is in the midst of a 3-for-29 slump and just looks really lost at the plate. In the ninth inning he had a chance with one out to try and be the tying run but he was swinging at pitches way outside of the zone and ended up striking out in the ninth on a pitch that bounced in front of the plate. I guess the reason he does get some playing time is that Casey McGehee has been just as bad and the Pirates don't have a real first baseman so I have no idea what you do.
I will continue to say this until he is cut but Nate McLouth should never touch the field. Another just brutal at bat today and actually produced contact but was a popup to the shortstop. I can't even remember the last time he did something well offensively or defensively but this act needs to stop.
The good thing is that the Pirates have a chance to win the series tomorrow. No idea how, but they do.