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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.