McDonald Roughed Up, Reds Rout Pirates

By Zane Heiple
Photo Credit: AP
The Cincinnati Reds were out for revenge Saturday afternoon, and revenge is what they got.  Cincinnati hit four home runs that accounted for nine runs on their way to an 11-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  James McDonald had another rough outing, going only 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits, while walking and striking out two batters.  His record is now 0-1 and is sporting a 7.47 ERA.
Pittsburgh scored their only two runs of the game in the fourth inning.  With the bases loaded, the Reds’ Mike Leake walked Garrett Jones, allowing Neil Walker to score from third.  Ronny Cedeno tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Pedro Alvarez.
The Reds put the game away in the fifth when they scored seven runs.  An Alvarez fielding error started the inning, allowing Miguel Cairo to reach first.  With one out and runners on second and third, McDonald intentionally walked Jay Bruce to give the Buccos a chance at a double play. 
Unfortunately, this would not come to fruition.  Juan Francisco singled, allowing, Cairo to score.  This led to a Ramon Hernandez grand slam, putting a nail in the coffin on McDonald’s day and any chance at a Pirates’ win.  With two outs and a runner on, Drew Stubbs smacked the third Reds’ homer of the day to make it a 9-2 lead.
The Red Legs added two more in the sixth inning when Jonny Gomes hit his second homer of the day, a two run shot off of the recently called up Joe Beimel, to make it an 11-2 game.
Overall, this was an awful game for the Buccos.  We know that this team will have days like this throughout the season, especially when facing a contender like the Reds.  The key now is for the Pirates to forget about it and come back tomorrow with a clean slate.  They cannot let one game turn into a five game slide like we have seen in the past.  These two teams will face off in game three of this four game series tomorrow at 1:10pm.  Jeff Karstens will make his first start of the season filling in for the injured Ross “The Boss” Ohlendorf.
Record Vs. Reds: 1-1
Record Vs. N.L. Central: 5-5
Record On The Road: 5-3
Overall Record: 6-8
As Always…
Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.

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