Game Recap: Pirates vs. Rockies Game #1 4/25/12

As Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks once said, “Let’s play two!”  The Bucs and Rocks squared off in a double header today, with the first game starting at 12:30.  James McDonald started for the Pirates, along with 4 other Mc’s, and Juan Nicasio started for the Rockies.  Unfortunately, we both missed the first 8 innings, but were able to catch the last inning.  It was a pretty uneventful game, so there isn’t really much to recap anyway.

McDonald had a no hitter through 6 innings, and of course the Pirates lineup couldn’t get him any runs.  After walking Carlos Gonzalez to lead off the seventh, J-Mac gave up an infield hit to Troy Tulowitzki, breaking up the no hitter.  Both runners advanced on what was ruled a wild pitch, but it was really a passed ball by Michael McKenry.  Jason Giambi flew out to center, scoring Gonzalez and making it 1-0.  McDonald struck out the next two batters to keep the defect at one.  The Bucs wasted no time in striking back, with Pedro Alvarez hitting a line drive home run into right centerfield.

McDonald’s day was done after seven, and Chris Resop replaced him.  After getting one out, Resop hit a batter and gave up a single.  Tony Watson replaced Resop, and gave up a sac fly to Tyler Colvin to make it 2-1.  The offense couldn’t get anything else going after Pedro’s homer, and that was the game.

Other highlights:
– All 9 starters collected a hit each.
Alex Presley and Clint Barmes were both caught stealing.
– McDonald’s final line was 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.

Star of the Game: James McDonald.  He pitched a heck of a game, with a no hitter through 6 innings.  He did everything he could to put the Pirates in a position to win, but the offense couldn’t come through.  Luckily he wasn’t tagged with the loss.
Goat of the Game: The Pirates offense.  McDonald went 7 innings and gave up 1 run.  That should be enough to win a game, but the offense couldn’t get anything going once again.

Pirates (7-10) – Rockies (9-8)

Win: Matt Reynolds (2-0)
Loss: Resop (0-2)
Save: Rafael Betancourt (6)

BOX SCORE

Go Bucs

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