San Francisco at Pittsburgh

W: J. McDonald (1-2) L: M. Bumgarner (0-4)
S: J. Hanrahan (7)
HR: SF - None   PIT - None

Pirates 2, Giants 0 wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- James McDonald had a reason to celebrate for the first time this season. Madison Bumgarner is still waiting his turn.

McDonald pitched six sharp innings Wednesday night for his first victory of the season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0.

He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three. McDonald (1-2) lowered his ERA to 7.66 from 10.13.

More on Giants at Pirates
Related links
Fantasy videos

"It feels like I got a monkey off my back with the first win," McDonald said. "I feel a little less stress now."

Bumgarner (0-4) remained winless despite allowing only one run and five hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He cut his ERA to 6.17 from 7.79, but the Giants lost for the fifth time in six games to fall below .500 at 11-12.

"I thought Madison did a great job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept his poise and stayed away from the crooked number that has killed him. It's tough to not get runs for him. It'd be big to get him his first win."

Mike Crotta, Joe Beimel, Chris Resop and Joel Hanrahan completed the five-hitter for Pittsburgh. Hanrahan recorded his seventh save in seven opportunities, getting Miguel Tejada to ground into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second.

The announced attendance was 9,048 the number of tickets sold but the actual turnstile count appeared much smaller. The crowd was held down because the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning were playing across town in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

The Penguins lost 1-0.

McDonald was tagged for eight runs in three innings at Florida in his previous start six days earlier. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder said the difference this time was that McDonald didn't rely as much on his fastball and threw more curveballs and changeups.

"He mixed it up really well," Snyder said. "He needed that start. He needed to get something going, something to give him confidence."

McDonald also got his ERA back into three digits after allowing 21 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings in his first four starts. However, against the Giants, McDonald looked more like the pitcher who went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 trading deadline.

"The best way to knock down an ERA is to put up zeros and that's exactly what James did," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He did a great job."

Bumgarner, like McDonald, was coming off a rough start as he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings against Atlanta last Friday. While he did not get a win, Bumgarner believed he made progress.

"I felt smoother and worked out of some jams," he said. "I really was taking it one inning at a time instead of looking at the whole ballgame at once."

Snyder and Jose Tabata each singled in a run for the Pirates while Neil Walker and Steve Pearce had two hits apiece. San Francisco's Cody Ross also had two hits after entering the game batting .158.

Walker scored the game's first run in the second inning when he singled off Bumgarner's glove, took third on Pearce's double and scored on Snyder's hit into center field. Tabata's two-out single to right field off Guillermo Mota in the seventh scored Brandon Wood, who had singled, and made it 2-0.

San Francisco's best scoring chance came in the second inning when it put runners on second and third with one out. However, McDonald got Tejada and Bumgarner to ground out to end the threat.

The Giants have scored just 14 runs in their last six games while hitting .188 with only one home run.


  • San Francisco INF Mark DeRosa is likely to be placed on the disabled list Thursday because of inflammation in his left wrist, which was surgically repaired each of the last two years.
  • Triple-A Fresno INF Emmanuel Burriss was scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh late Wednesday night in order to be available to play in Thursday afternoon's game if DeRosa goes on the DL.
  • F Xavier Paul, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, arrived in the Pittsburgh clubhouse following the game. OF John Bowker said he was told by the Pirates that he will be designated for assignment on Thursday to clear a roster space for Paul.
  • Pittsburgh 1B Lyle Overbay, who has only one extra-base hit in his last 14 games, was not in the lineup for the second time in three games, and SS Ronny Cedeno was benched a night after failing to run out a groundball in a 3-2 loss to the Giants in 10 innings.
  • San Francisco RHP Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled to make his first major league start since Sept. 29, 2004, on Thursday. Vogelsong's last start came for Pittsburgh.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

J. McDonald
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 3
San Francisco

M. Bumgarner
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 7

Related Video

February 17, 2017
NL West Preview: San Francisco Giants (2:03)
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF3000122 .278
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000012 .283
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010001 .218
Buster Posey, C4000012 .259
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3010100 .329
Pat Burrell, LF3010102 .261
Cody Ross, RF3020101 .227
Miguel Tejada, SS3010101 .200
Madison Bumgarner, P1000002 .250
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000001 .242
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Bumgarner in the 7th
SH - Madison Bumgarner (1)
CS - Cody Ross (1, 2nd base by Crotta/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner (L,0-4) 6511170 6.17
Dan Runzler 0.1211000 6.55
Guillermo Mota 1.2100030 2.70
IBB - Wood by Madison Bumgarner
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 97-64, Dan Runzler 9-7, Guillermo Mota 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 7-4, Dan Runzler 1-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 24, Dan Runzler 3, Guillermo Mota 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000022 .212
Jose Tabata, LF4011010 .267
Matt Diaz, RF3000010 .227
   a- Garrett Jones, PH-RF1000012 .241
Neil Walker, 2B4120010 .286
Steve Pearce, 1B3020000 .292
    Mike Crotta, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH1000000 .235
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Chris Snyder, C4011000 .323
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3010024 .210
Brandon Wood, SS2110102 .182
James McDonald, P2000025 .125
    Lyle Overbay, 1B1000002 .250
a-struck out for Diaz in the 7th
b-flied out for Resop in the 8th
2B - Steve Pearce (1, Bumgarner)
RBI - Jose Tabata (6), Chris Snyder (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Tabata (3)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Wood-Walker-Pearce, Wood-Overbay
Pittsburgh Pirates
James McDonald (W,1-2) 6400430 7.66
Mike Crotta (H,2) 0.1100000 4.50
Joe Beimel (H,2) 0.1000000 3.86
Chris Resop (H,2) 1.1000010 1.35
Joel Hanrahan (S,7) 1100100 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 98-57, Mike Crotta 5-3, Joe Beimel 6-4, Chris Resop 20-14, Joel Hanrahan 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 6-8, Chris Resop 1-2, Joel Hanrahan 1-1
Batters Faced - James McDonald 25, Mike Crotta 1, Joe Beimel 1, Chris Resop 4, Joel Hanrahan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9048
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Al Porter