James McDonald allows one hit over seven innings, gets the no-decision, Pirates lose

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Quite the dispiriting opening to today’s Pirates-Rockies doubleheader. At least if you’re the Pirates or one of their fans.

Bucs’ starter James McDonald allowed only one hit in seven innings — the first hit coming in the seventh — and struck out eight and ended up allowing only one run.  Despite this, the Pirates lost 2-1 and McDonald got a no-decision.

Not that McDonald was totally screwed by his teammates or anything. He allowed the leadoff walk to Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh and then threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners and led to the Rockies’ first run of the game. But still: it’s not like he had any margin for error. The Pirates got a Pedro Alvarez homer and that’s all.

McDonald now has a 2.78 ERA for the season, but has yet to win a game.  Tough stuff.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.