The 24-year-old tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, one walk and striking out six batters on his way to his third victory of the season. MacDonald retired the last 13 batters he faced in the game and allowed just one runner to reach second and third base, while inducing 12 ground ball outs to his 6 fly ball outs.
“You need to throw all of your pitches for strikes if you want to succeed at this level and above,” MacDonald told InsideTheDome. On Tuesday he did just that throwing all of his pitches knee high to batters.
“My main goal is to refine my tools and keep getting better.”
MacDonald has a 3-1 record and a 2.57 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed a run or more in just two of those starts. The right-hander had one horrible outing on April 15, his second start of the season, allowing nine runs in 1 2/3 innings. If you remove that outing, MacDonald is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.27 in six starts, having allowed just one run in 33 1/3 innings. The Maine native has issued just four walks this season while fanning twenty-three batters.
Right-handed batters are hitting just .152 off MacDonald in 2006. Last season he split time between Dunedin and New Hampshire. With Dunedin he went 9-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 25 games. MacDonald made six starts with New Hampshire towards the tail end of the season and went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA.
MacDonald went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA in eight starts with the Auburn Doubledays (NY-Penn League) after being drafted by Toronto, and after a quick promotion to the South Atlantic League (Low-A) he went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven games with Charleston.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Chip Cannon, who had two hits and two walks, led off the inning with a single. Vito Chiaravalloti followed immediately with another single and the next batter, Maikel Jova, doubled to drive in Cannon with the first run of the game. One out later, Eric Arnold walked to load the bases. With two outs, Manny Mayorson hit a two run double, scoring Chiaravalloti and Jova to give New Hampshire a 3-0 lead.
Arnold would pad the Fisher Cats lead in the eighth as he homered for the second straight game, his third of the season, to put New Hampshire on top 4-0.
New Hampshire put the game out of reach in the ninth as Luke Lockwood started the inning by allowing a triple to Curtis Thigpen, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day. David Smith doubled to drive in Thigpen, and later in the inning CF Miguel Negron hit a three run homer, his second, for an 8-0 lead.