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Eight is enough for JMac



Manager Clint Hurdle said he gave “not much” consideration to sending James McDonald back out for the ninth inning today on a steamy afternoon at PNC Park. McDonald tossed eight scoreless innings in the 4-1 victory. The righty threw 103 pitches and matched his career high for innings pitched in a game.

“He finished strong, retiring 12 straight going out the door,” Hurdle said. “It was another great step forward for him. The pitch count was manageable. It was a hot day and in the third and fifth innings he had to pitch through some traffic. We took what we got from him and moved on. Very strong outing from James today.” McDonald, who’s been yearning for his first career complete game, was diplomatic about Hurdle’s decision: ” Every pitcher wants to go back out there. But coach knows best. He sees the game and knows what’s going on. That’s why he’s the coach.”



  1. Paul says:

    I definitely think McDonald should have ptiched the ninth! Remember when Zach Duke was pulled? What are we doing to our pitchers? McDonald was dominant.

  2. Woomer says:

    I don’t know. I think it’s all about winning the most possible games over a 162-game season. And that’s what Hurdle is charged with doing.

    So we either trust his judgement or replace him.

  3. BIll says:

    I agree that it’s Hurdle’s job to win the most possible games over a 162 game season. But keeping on the hitting coach who has shown no real positive affect on a poor hitting team. Is Hurdle really doing his job?

  4. As for McDonald completing a game, well, going all the way for any MLB starter these days is relatively rare, since the clubs are all worried about how many pitches their starters throw in a given game, and so, the call usually goes to the bullpen after the sixth or seventh inning if not sooner.

  5. Pants-n-at says:

    over 100 pitches? It was the right call. Bottom line is Pirates won and that’s all I care about. I’m really pleased with JMac’s performance but if Hurdle had left him in there and it went south, yinz would’ve been criticizing him for leaving him in there too long. It was a good win against 1st place……..we shouldn’t even be complaining today.

  6. PIT-39 says:

    Very knowledgeable crowd at PNC. They were applauding AJB’s fouling off of pitches and were appreciative of his professional AB.

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