Final: Astros 1, Pirates 0
James McDonald was spectacular. The rest of the Pirates, not so much.
After giving up a run in the 2nd inning, McDonald cruised through the rest of his start as he struck out eight Astros in eight innings while giving up just four hits and two walks.
In the 6th inning, it looked as if the Pirates were going to break through and take over when Rod Barajas led off the inning with a double off the wall. Clint Barmes then singled him over to third and James McDonald would reach on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load up the bases with no outs and the top of the order coming up. Jose Tabata would then strike out. Nate McLouth got out due to the infield fly rule. And Andrew McCutchen struck out to end the inning.
The Pirates never threatened again in what was one of the most frustrating games you will ever watch.
Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates 3-4 hitters tonight, combined to go 0 for 7 with five strikeouts. That obviously, is never good. Alvarez is 0 for his last 18.