Pirates Have Chance to Catch Up to Reds With Three-Game Padres Series

Beginning at 7:05 ET tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates will face off against the Padres in Pittsburgh, and it’s getting close to a must-win scenario for the Bucs. With the Cardinals fast approaching in the standings and the Reds gaining ground after the Pirates’ Thursday loss to the Diamondbacks, a playoff spot for the Pirates is beginning to slip away. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are still available for tonight’s game and all games in the three-game Padres series at HeadlineTickets.com

The Padres are going to be a challenge for the Pirates, as the club is coming off four straight victories. But the pitching battle between James McDonald (Pirates) and Edinson Volquez (Padres) could be the deciding factor in the game. Despite almost earning a spot on the MLB All-Star team after an outstanding performance in the first half of the season, McDonald recently struggled in his last four starts, giving up 19 runs and never pitching a seventh inning in the 22 he played. But Volquez is not without his own recent troubles. Reportedly due to a blister on is pitching hand, Volquez suffered through a tough game against the Mets this past Saturday, only managing five outs while giving up four runs.

It really will come down to McDonald’s performance tonight as the two teams begin the first of their six regular-season games, all taking place in the next couple of weeks. McDonald’s last performance against the Padres was a successful one, however, when he only gave up two runs on May 2nd, 2011. McDonald pitched six innings and earned the win. McDonald will have to keep an eye on the Padre’s Chase Headley, who has logged three home runs and ten RBIs in August alone. Headley is currently .287 on the road.


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