The box score says J-Mac registered his 7th Quality Start of the year. Watching the game told you the opposite.
McDonald surrendered solo runs in the 1st and 5th, but worked out of jams in the 3rd, 4th and 5th. A couple balls were hit hard right at people (Murphy at Wood in the 3rd and Duda at Overbay in the 4th) and J-Mac got Dickey to ground into a double play to end the 4th with the bases juiced.
Gotta give J-Mac credit, he battled it out despite not having his best stuff and picked up the win.
He will always be one of my favorite Pirates, it’s a shame to see him struggling so much in New York.
Lets talk recap:
Mets struck in the 1st inning as Daniel Murphy beat out a double play, scoring Ruben Tejada. 1-0 Mets.
Garrett Jones tied the game at 1-1 with a double in the 2nd, scoring Walker.
Jones went 2 for 3, possibly getting back on track, against Dickey and his knuckle ball.
Cutch continued streaking (with assists to Daniel Murphy and the official scorer) in the 3rd with a double, knocking in Tabs and J.Harrison (RBIs 36 & 37). 3-1 Pirates.
McDonald finished his night with a clean inning in the 6th.
Tim Wood went 3 up, 3 down in the 7th.
New York made some noise in 8th but Veras silenced it with a nasty curveball, striking out Ronny “Krispy Kreme” Paulino looking.
Sawed off. Ganked. Sawed Off.
Ball game……16 for 16 for the Hammer.
How dominating has Hanrahan looked at times?
Some interesting notes from the game:
The Pirates’ J.Harrison had 2 hits on the night, no word if the NFL will fine the Steelers’ J.Harrison for either of them.
Wyatt Toregas thought it was Halloween and came dressed as Bumblebee from Transformers
R.A. Dickey fluttered his knuckler to a complete game, taking the loss. Dickey pitched well enough to win and was charged with all three runs; although McCutchen’s 2 Run Double could have easily been scored an error on Daniel Murphy.
Jose Reyes had 2 Hits making this his 32nd multi-hit game in 61 games played. The last player to finish a season with multiple hits in more than half his games (minimum 100 games) was Hall-of-Famer Joe Medwick in 1937. Reyes is pretty sick.
Steve Pearce wears sunglasses at night:
Capuano (4-6, 4.86) vs. Correia (8-4, 3.64) tomorrow at 1:35.
Check out Rich’s preview here
Buccos Links and Arena Football:
-Evan Meek has a torn labrum. Not Cool.
-Kristy Robinson says the Pirates are looking outside the organization for a catcher but the asking price is a bit high.
-Stetson Allie to start his career in State College with the Spikes (3rd story down).
-PiratesProspects poses the question, Should Neal Huntington be Extended? I say Yes.