James McDonald cruises as Pirates defeat Giants 3-1

Final: Pirates 3, Giants 1

WP: James McDonald (9-3, 2.37 ERA)

LP: Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA)

SV: Joel Hanrahan (23, 2.38 ERA)

James McDonald turned in perhaps his best pitching performance of the season today holding the Giants to just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out ten batters and did not walk anyone.

The Pirates scored their three runs thanks to RBI doubles by Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez as well as a solo home run by Michael McKenry, his seventh of the season.

Here’s a pretty incredible stat: Michael McKenry’s slugging percentage is .524. That is higher than both Pedro Alvarez (.486) and Garrett Jones (.514). Only Andrew McCutchen (.605) is out-slugging The Fort.

Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with two doubles. It extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s raised his season line up to .280/.347/.395.

Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning by striking out the side. He now has crazy 14.4 K/9 ratio. In fact, he’s recorded a strikeout in all but three of his 35 appearances this season.