Final: Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
In a game where a lengthy outing by the starting pitcher would have been nice, James McDonald did just the opposite. McDonald was effective, but inefficient, as he pitched four innings giving up just one run on three hits. Yesterday, the Pirates’ bullpen pitched eight innings, so it was up to the recently called up Brad Lincoln to bridge the gap to the end of the game. Lincoln did just that with three scoreless innings in his first outing of 2012.
Andrew McCutchen continued his hot start going 2 for 3 with a walk. His line now stands at .400/.460/.444. I guess the only thing right now that one can be critical about with Cutch is that he has just two extra base hits so far this year.
Juan Cruz had two save attempts in two days. Joel Hanrahan had one save attempt in nine games. Hanrahan was sidelined this series with a tweaked hamstring. Cruz filled in quite nicely.