Final: Pirates 5, Nationals 3
James McDonald was just straight dealing tonight. He pitched five no hit innings and ended the night giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen started things off in the 1st inning with an opposite field home run and the Pirates would never relinquish the lead. Rod Barajas hit a 2-run homer in the 4th and McCutchen added another solo shot in the 6th to give the Bucs a 4-0 lead.
Andrew McCutchen entered today’s game hitting .439 with eight home runs in his career against the Nationals. He was 2 for 4 with two homers today. The guy is on fire this month, too, hitting .442/.510/.860 over his last 13 games.
Josh Harrison got the start at shortstop tonight after a 2 for 4 performance last night where he hit his first homer of the year. Tonight, he helped spark some things at the bottom of the order going 2 for 3 with a double.