• The Pirates hadn't scored more than three runs in any of their first six games for the first time since 1955, when they had scored a total of 12 (against eight this year) in an 0-6 start.
• When he made his first appearance for the Pirates as a ninth-inning sub at shortstop on Opening Day, John McDonald drew a throwing error on the very first ball hit to him.
How bizarre was that? Last season, in 63 appearances at three different positions with the D-backs, Johnny Mac had one error in 469 chances.
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