Showing posts with label Mets at Pirates. Show all posts
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 91 - Mets (4) at Pirates (2) - Mets wrap-up first half with win


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W: D. Gee (7-7) L: G. Cole (4-3) S: B. Parnell (17)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None

Recap:

Dillon Gee threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the New York Mets avoid a three-game sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-1 victory.

Gee (7-7) allowed the unearned run on five hits and a walk in his outing. He has given up two earned runs or less in seven of his last nine starts and has not lost a decision since June 17 against the Braves.

"Stuff-wise, it probably wasn't the best day," said Gee. "I just tried to throw a lot of strikes, especially after the guys went out there and got us to an early lead and set the tone against a good pitcher."

John Buck had two RBI while Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy drove in one run apiece for the Mets, who lost their first road series since being swept by the Marlins on May 31-June 2.

The Mets enter the All-Star break at 41-50, fourth in the NL East.

Starling Marte and Jose Tabata each had an RBI for the Pirates, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Starter Gerrit Cole (4-3) lasted five frames, giving up three runs on six hits and a pair of walks.

"We're not going to overthink this thing or overcook it," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "His command wasn't what in needed to be to set the tone of the game."

Pittsburgh, at 56-37, owns the second-best record in the National League behind the NL Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals, who lead by one game.

Cole struggled in the first, giving up three runs. Eric Young hit an infield single to begin the game and David Wright singled to right two batters later. Byrd brought Young home with a ground rule double to left.

Josh Satin walked to load the bases and Buck delivered a two-run single to right to give them a 3-0 lead.

Cole kept his composure, though, and allowed just two singles -- both coming in the third -- over the rest of his outing.

Pittsburgh got on the board in the home half of that frame. Cole hit an infield single and reached second when Gee's throw to first went wide. He then scored on a ground rule double by Marte.

In the seventh, Young singled and scored on a triple to center by Murphy.

Tabata drove in a run in the eighth. With LaTroy Hawkins pitching, Jordy Mercer hit a leadoff single and Andrew McCutchen ripped a double to right, putting runners in scoring position. After Pedro Alvarez struck out, Tabata brought Mercer home with a grounder to second.

Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth and gave up one-out singles to Clint Barmes and pinch-hitter Russell Martin but got Marte and Mercer to fly out to notch his 17th save.

Game Notes

The Mets are 24-23 on the road, one of just three teams in the National League (Pirates, Cardinals) with a .500 or better record away from home ... Murphy has three triples this season. He also committed an error in the second inning, bringing him to 13, fifth-most in the majors ... Parnell has converted 14 of his last 15 save opportunities ... Alvarez went 0-for-4, ending a 10-game hitting streak ... Pittsburgh is 21-20 all-time against New York at PNC Park.

Box Score:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 91


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 91:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Josh Satin, 1b
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

Preview: Game 91 - Mets at Pirates - Gee vs Cole


New York Mets (40-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (56-36) 1:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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D. Gee (R) 18 6-7 4.606.03-46.117/9@SFND6.2951-019.23.66
G. Cole (R) 6 4-2 3.686.03-23.867/9OAKL7.0521-218.13.93

Preview:

The Pittsburgh Pirates will head into the All-Star break with their highest win total in more than 40 years and Sunday they can complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.

Fans at PNC Park and in the Steel City have plenty to be excited about with the Pirates. Their 56 victories prior to the All-Star break are the most for the team since they had a team-record 57 in 1971, the year the Buccos won the World Series.

Their 4-2 win last night boosted the Pirates into a tie atop the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We have to get ready for the next half, but we're not focused on that now. We're focused on (Sunday)," said Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who delivered a game-tying home run in the sixth, then knocked in the go-ahead score an inning later.

Lefty Jeff Locke was scratched from his scheduled start today due to lower back tightness. Locke was also removed from the National League roster for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole will get the nod instead. Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, owns a 4-2 record and a 3.68 ERA over six starts for the Pirates during his rookie campaign. He has lost his last two starts, most recently allowing five hits and a pair of runs over seven innings against Oakland Tuesday.

Recap: Game 90 - Mets (2) at Pirates (4) - McCutchen dooms Mets


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W: J. Wilson (6-1) L: G. Burke (0-2) S: J. Grilli (29)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - A. McCutchen (10)

Recap:

Andrew McCutchen delivered a game-tying home run in the sixth, then knocked in the go-ahead score an inning later to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Mets, 4-2, on Saturday.

Pittsburgh has taken the first two tilts of this three-game set, both by breaking through against New York's bullpen.

Greg Burke (0-2) issued a pair of singles in the seventh before McCutchen's base hit broke a 2-2 tie. Russell Martin later drew a walk with the bases loaded to cap the frame.

Three Pirate relievers combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, with Justin Wilson (6-1) picking up the victory after taking over for starter A.J. Burnett, who struck out eight and gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames.

"You never want to come out of a game, but you feel pretty good with these guys coming in behind you," said Burnett about the bullpen.

Marlon Byrd scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis's double and knocked in a run to account for New York's only offense.

Carlos Torres took the mound for Matt Harvey, who was skipped with looming speculation he will start Tuesday's All-Star game, but also in an effort to curtail his amount of innings and ease an apparent blister issue on his hand.

Torres carried his effectiveness from the bullpen into the spot start, his first in nearly three years, and tossed five innings of one-run ball while striking out five. He has a 0.79 ERA over 11 appearances this season.

Byrd drew a one-out walk in the fourth, sprinted around the base pads when Nieuwenhuis smacked a double into the gap in right center and beat the relay throw home to give New York a 1-0 lead.

He then legged out an infield single with two away in the fifth to make it 2-0 and salvage an inning which saw Eric Young Jr. get thrown out at the plate and Ike Davis strike out swinging with runners on second and third.

Torres allowed only one hit through his first four innings of work, but served up three in a row to start the fifth, including an RBI single from Jordy Mercer, who had the game-winning hit in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning victory.

An inning-ending double play from Jose Tabata would quell an opportunity with the bases loaded for Pittsburgh, but McCutchen knocked in a run in the sixth and seventh innings to give his team the lead.

With Torres out and David Aardsma on the hill, McCutchen planted a pitch into the seats in straight away center to even the score at 2-2. Then, while facing Burke the following frame, he ripped a two-out single past the diving reach of David Wright at third to stake the Pirates to a one-run lead.

"Tool for tool, maybe the best player in the league," said Mets manager Terry Collins about McCutchen. "He plays the game the right way, he plays hard...I always tell people he's one of the guys I'd pay to see."

Josh Edgin entered from the bullpen afterward and proceeded to walk the next two batters, forcing in a run and making it 4-2 Pittsburgh.

Gonzalez Germen took over on the hill and got Gaby Sanchez to pop out in foul territory to end the inning, but New York never had another base runner, with Jason Grilli notching his 29th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Game Notes

The Pirates are one win shy from tying their franchise mark set in 1971 for most wins (57) before the All-Star break .. Torres' last start was on Aug. 3, 2010 while with Chicago White Sox ... New York's David Wright went 0-for-5, ending his 12-game hit streak ... Pittsburgh's scheduled starter in Sunday's series finale, Jeff Locke, was scratched due to back tightness. Instead, Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Pirates opposite Dillon Gee.

Box Score:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 90


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 90:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Carlos Torres, rhp

Preview: Game 90 - Mets at Pirates - Torres vs Burnett


New York Mets (40-49) at Pittsburgh Pirates (55-36) 7:15 PM ET

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A. Burnett (R) 15 4-6 3.056.02-32.737/7@CHCND5.0311-118.14.42

Preview:

Carlos Torres takes the place of Matt Harvey in the rotation Saturday night for the New York Mets as they continue a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Harvey, who is the likely choice to start Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field, was scratched from his start. Mets manager Terry Collins cited a blister on the young phenom's right index finger and an increasing workload as the main factors in the decision. Collins did say the blister will not affect Harvey's ability for the All-Star contest.

Torres, a 30-year-old right-hander, steps in to make only the seventh start of his career in his 55th contest. It will be his 11th appearance of this season and first start. His last start came Aug. 2, 2010 with the White Sox and he took a 7-1 loss against the Tigers at Comerica Park. He currently holds a 12 2/3 inning scoreless stretch.

A.J. Burnett, who has just one win his last eight starts, counters for the Pirates. The 36-year-old righty has pitched two straight games against the Cubs, including a no-decision on Sunday. That was his first game back from the disabled list after being sidelined a month due to a right calf strain.

Burnett, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his first 15 starts, is 0-2 in his last four home starts. His last victory at PNC Park was May 3 against Washington.

Recap: Game 89 - Mets (2) at Pirates (3) - Pirates walk-off single in 11th dooms Mets


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W: V. Mazzaro (5-2) L: G. Germen (0-1)
HR: NYM - K. Nieuwenhuis (3)   PIT - P. Alvarez (24)

Recap:

Jordy Mercer squirted a base hit up the middle to knock home the winning run in the 11th inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates outlasted the New York Mets to earn a 3-2 victory.

Andrew McCutchen scored the deciding run after drawing a walk against Gonzalez Germen (0-1) to start the home 11th, then swiped second as Pedro Alvarez struck out swinging.

Russell Martin was issued a free pass and Gaby Sanchez struck out after going ahead 3-0 in the count, but Mercer lifted the Pirates to victory when his ground ball went just past the diving reach of Omar Quintanilla at short.

Germen, making his major league debut, threw only nine of his 23 pitches for strikes. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo homer in the seventh to even the game at 2-2.

Vin Mazzaro (5-2) pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the win. Alvarez launched his 24th home run of the year and the Pirates picked up their second straight win on the heels of a four-game slide.

Jeremy Hefner posted another outstanding effort. After surrendering Alvarez's two-run blast in the first inning, he retired the next 14 batters he faced.

"Was trying to go fastball away and caught more of the plate than I would've liked," said Hefner on Alvarez's home run. "If I made a better pitch there, maybe we win the ball game."

He threw only 78 pitches over seven innings, allowing just three hits.

"He definitely settled down real well," said Alvarez about New York's starter.

Charlie Morton also went seven strong innings and was in line to get the win until serving up Nieuwenhuis's blast during his final inning of work. He was charged with two runs on six hits.

The Pirates had a good chance to win it in regulation, but couldn't capitalize.

The Mets used four pitchers to get through the ninth, with Josh Edgin working out of a bases loaded jam that was brought upon by Starling Marte's leadoff double. Sanchez grounded softly to first to end the threat.

Alvarez's 410-foot blast in the first opened a 2-0 lead for the Pirates, but after leaving runners stranded in the fourth and fifth innings, the Mets got on the board in the sixth.

Eric Young Jr. legged out a double with one away on his soft line drive down the third base line. Daniel Murphy was then retired on Mercer's snag at second, but David Wright came through with a bloop single to make it 2-1.

Morton then served up a long homer to Nieuwenhuis with one away in the following frame to tie the score.

Game Notes

It was the 12th extra-inning contest of the season for both teams ... Wright went 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 12 games ... In Pittsburgh's last 26 games, they've had only one starter allow more than three runs ... The Pirates acquired first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitcher Tim Alderson. Canzler was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and the Pirates transferred pitcher James McDonald from the 15- day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Box Score:

Friday, July 12, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 89


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 89:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Jeremy Hefner, rhp

Preview: Game 89 - Mets at Pirates - Hefner vs Morton


New York Mets (40-48) at Pittsburgh Pirates (54-36) 7:05 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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J. Hefner (R) 17 4-6 3.395.13-34.007/7@MILW7.0212-020.01.35
C. Morton (R) 5 1-2 3.385.00-12.577/6@CHCL6.0740-113.24.61

Preview:

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to recapture some lost momentum ahead of next week's All-Star break as they host the New York Mets on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set.

The surprising Pirates led the NL Central prior to a four-game slide that the club snapped with Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics. However, thanks to Thursday's loss by St. Louis, the Pirates trail the Cardinals by just a game for the top spot in the standings.

Pittsburgh recorded its first victory in 12 all-time meetings with Oakland on Wednesday thanks to another gem from Francisco Liriano, who hurled seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball. He also struck out six to just one walk.

"The one walk, the six punchouts, just the command of everything tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Liriano. "He was just on top of his game."

Pedro Alvarez, on Thursday named as an injury replacement for Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez in Monday's Home Run Derby, drove in a pair runs, while Jose Tabata finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Tasked with following Liriano's solid outing will be Charlie Morton, who makes his sixth start of the campaign as he resumes his return from Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander logged a season-high six innings on Saturday versus the Chicago Cubs, but allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in a loss. Morton yielded a pair of homers in the contest, the first he has given up this season.

"It was a little bit of a mixed bag," Hurdle said of his starter. "He gets two pitches back, I don't know where we are."

Morton, 29, is 1-2 with a 3.38 earned run average this season and is seeking his first career victory over the Mets, who he is 0-2 against lifetime with a 4.50 ERA in five meetings (4 starts).

He'll try to slow down a Mets club that has put together a solid run this month. New York has won four straight, seven of its last 10 and is coming off its first three-game sweep of the season.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 44 - Mets at Pirates - Niese Pick up the win vs Bucs


PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

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W: J. Niese (3-2) L: C. Morton (2-5)
S: F. Francisco (12)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None

Recap:

Jon Niese pitched into the eighth inning, David Wright hit an RBI double and the Mets defeated the Pirates, 3-1, on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series.

Niese (3-2) allowed one run on five hits over a season-high 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. He walked two and struck out five. Frank Francisco faced the minimum in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for New York, which has won three of its last four, including the last two games of this series.

Charlie Morton (2-5) was charged with three runs on eight hits over seven innings in the loss. Andrew McCutchen had an RBI single for the Pirates, but struck out with runners on second and third to end the eighth inning.

"I think it was a solid outing," said Morton, who has lost four of his last five starts. "Good and bad. You take the positives and you learn from the negatives."

In his previous start, Niese allowed a career high-tying eight runs and gave up four homers in a loss to the Blue Jays. He bounced back on Wednesday, retiring nine straight batters at one point and holding the Pirates scoreless until the sixth inning, when McCutchen grounded an RBI single through the left side.

The center fielder's base hit came on the heels of Josh Harrison's leadoff double, but the Mets had already pushed across three runs by that point.

"I knew that wasn't my best, that last outing," said Niese. "I just wanted to put it behind me and concentrate on fixing what I needed to fix and I thought I did that today."

In the first inning, Nieuwenhuis reached with a one-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on a fly out and scored on Lucas Duda's line drive single to right for a 1-0 lead.

Nieuwenhuis added an RBI sac fly in the fifth and Wright followed with a double off the high wall in right to make it 3-0. The inning began with singles by Rob Johnson and Mike Baxter, which placed runners at the corners with one out.

Clint Barmes led off the eighth with a single and Gorkys Hernandez worked a two-out walk. Both runners advanced on catcher Rob Johnson's pickoff attempt, which first baseman Ike Davis failed to catch, but Bobby Parnell struck out McCutchen to end the threat.

Game Notes

Francisco has retired nine straight batters and has converted his last four save opportunities...The Mets now return to Citi Field for their longest homestand of the season (11 games), starting Thursday against San Diego...Harrison extended his hit streak to nine games...The Pirates removed pitcher Jason Grilli from the bereavement list on Wednesday and optioned pitcher Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Box Score:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 44 (12:35 PM Start)


Baxter getting the job done
Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 44:
  1. Baxter-LF
  2. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Murphy-2B
  6. Davis-1B
  7. Cedeno-SS
  8. Johnson-C
  9. Niese-LHP

Preview: Game 44 - Mets at Pirates - Niese Looking to Bounce Back After Last Start


New York Mets (23-20) at Pittsburgh Pirates (20-23) 12:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Niese (L) 8 2-2 4.855.21-25.705/18@TORL3.0880-114.06.43
C. Morton (R) 7 2-4 4.355.12-22.635/18@DETL6.0941-218.04.50

Preview:
Jon Niese is coming off perhaps the rockiest start of his major league career, serving up four homers to one of baseball's most prolific power-hitting teams.

Perhaps he'll fare better against a team that hits less frequently than any.

Niese takes the mound for Wednesday's matinee at PNC Park looking to bounce back and lift the New York Mets to a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Mets (23-20) were hoping to see Niese (2-2, 4.85 ERA) take a big step forward in his third full major league season, but his up-and-down first eight starts seem to indicate he has plenty of work left to do.

After pitching six scoreless innings in Miami on May 13, the left-hander surrendered a career high-tying eight runs in three innings in Friday's 14-5 loss at Toronto. Nineteen of the 23 earned runs Niese has given up this season have come in the first three frames.

"A guy with his kind of stuff, to have as many problems as he has shown lately in the early innings, I don't know why," manager Terry Collins told the Mets' official website. "There's way too much plate. They're just squaring him up way too easily."

Happy Recap: Game 43 - Mets at Pirates - Mets outlast Bucs 3-2


PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

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W: R. Dickey (6-1) L: J. Cruz (1-1)
S: F. Francisco (11)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None

Recap:
A pair of eighth-inning runs supported a strong outing from R.A. Dickey as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 3-2, on Tuesday.

The game was tied entering the eighth, but Lucas Duda delivered an RBI single off of Juan Cruz (1-1) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored on an error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez to make it 3-1.

Dickey (6-1) recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, did not walk a batter and allowed just one run over seven innings to earn the win.

"A lot of times you throw it and it does what it's going to do," said Dickey of his knuckleball. "Tonight, mechanically, I was in a place where I could get it to do a couple of different things where I wanted to and that was the difference."

Mike Nickeas added an RBI single for New York, which had lost seven of 11 coming in, including the opener of this three-game series on Monday.

James McDonald countered Dickey with eight strikeouts and also gave up just one run over seven frames, while Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair for the Pirates.

"Tough loss. Everybody played hard, played some good defense at times," said McDonald. "My team did what I asked from them and that's play hard behind me and that's all you can ask for."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Preview: Game 43 - Mets at Pirates - Dickey set to battle Bucs


New York Mets (22-20) at Pittsburgh Pirates (20-22) 7:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
R. Dickey (R) 8 5-1 3.756.02-15.405/17CINND6.0532-020.02.70
J. McDonald (R) 8 3-2 2.685.11-11.655/17@WSHW5.2432-120.02.25

Preview:
David Wright may lead the majors in hitting, but the New York Mets are struggling to capitalize on it.

Wright will try to help the Mets avoid a sixth loss in eight games Tuesday night when they continue a three-game road series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Coming off a very disappointing 2011, Wright appears to have regained his All-Star form this season. He's batting .415 with 25 RBIs and 29 runs after he hit a career-low .254 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs during an injury-plagued 2011.

The third baseman's production has been even more staggering of late, hitting .500 over his past 12 games. The Mets (22-20), though, have managed to win just half of them.

New York has lost five of seven, batting .231 during that span.

Wright, who is 10 for 23 with five RBIs in the last six visits to PNC Park, had two hits and his RBI single capped a four-run second inning but his team committed three errors and fell 5-4 in Monday's series opener.

The Mets send R.A. Dickey (5-1, 3.75 ERA) to the mound hoping the knuckleballer can win a fourth consecutive decision. He's 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over his last five starts, holding opponents to a .203 average.

Recap: Game 42 - Mets at Pirates - Pirates rally late to win, 5-4


PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

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W: J. Hughes (1-0) L: J. Rauch (3-3)
S: J. Hanrahan (10)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - M. McKenry (3)

Recap:

Clint Barmes drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win over the Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Michael McKenry hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh and Jared Hughes (1-0) stranded a pair of the top of the eighth to earn the win. Joel Hanrahan picked up his 10th save of the season while starter Erik Bedard allowed four runs on six hits over five innings.

"4-0 down with (Johan) Santana on the mound? That's not the way I drew it up driving to the park today," remarked Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "But the boys were able to chip away."

The Mets scored all of their runs in the second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run single from Justin Turner. David Wright improved his average to .415 with a pair of hits.

Jon Rauch (3-3) gave up the sac fly to Barmes to take the loss and Santana allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Rauch was not charged with the deciding run. He induced leadoff batter Neil Walker into a catchable fly but left fielder Mike Baxter and center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis simultaneously converged on the ball. They did not collide, but the ball glanced off Nieuwenhuis' glove and rolled to the wall, allowing Walker to reach third base. He crossed the plate, narrowly sliding in ahead of the tag, when Barmes lifted a shallow fly to right.

In the second inning, Vinny Rottino singled and scored on Ronny Cedeno's double to center. Walks to Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres loaded the bases with two down and Turner delivered a two-run single through the left side. Wright followed with an RBI base hit to right field.

"This was the third or fourth game now where we've scored three or four in an inning, and we look up later and that's all we've got," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to add on, it would make it a lot easier for our pitching staff."

It was 4-2 in the fourth inning courtesy of back-to-back-to-back doubles by Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. The Pirates left the bases loaded in the inning, but tied the game in the seventh when Barmes led off with a base hit and McKenry followed with a homer to left.

Game Notes

Hanrahan faced the minimum in the ninth inning...McKenry hit his third home run of the season...Santana saw his streak of five straight quality starts come to an end...The Mets were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Preview: Game 42 - Mets at Pirates - Santana Opens up against Pirates


New York Mets (22-19) at Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22) 7:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Santana (L) 8 1-2 2.896.10-14.735/16CINND6.2621-019.23.66
E. Bedard (L) 8 2-5 3.075.20-21.805/16@WSHL6.0641-112.04.50

Preview:

David Wright didn't play in any of the New York Mets' eight games against Pittsburgh last season. The Pirates probably aren't looking forward to renewing acquaintances this week.

Wright will try to help the Mets win consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks when they open a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday night.

Even an illness barely slowed Wright down over the weekend. The third baseman sat out New York's shutout loss to Toronto on Saturday, then went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a walk in a 6-5 win Sunday, raising his major-league leading batting average to .412.

Wright didn't face Pittsburgh in 2011 due to injury. While his .264 average versus the Pirates is tied for his lowest against an NL opponent, he put together an eight-game hitting streak against them from June 4, 2009-Sept. 14, 2010, batting .367 in that span.

The Mets (22-19) earned the badly needed victory Sunday after losing four of five.

"It's a great way to leave town and it's a good note to go to Pittsburgh on," left fielder Mike Baxter said after collecting three hits.

Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89 ERA) looks to continue his strong pitching Monday after yet another outing in which he was victimized by a lack of run support and the bullpen blowing the lead for a second straight start.

The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday, departing with the Mets up 3-2.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Video: Mets in Action in MLB 12 the Show, Comes Out Tomorrow!


Tomorrow MLB 12 The Show comes out for PS3. I saw some interesting Mets Videos that I think Mets Fans and gamers will find interesting, New Dimensions in place at Citi Field... Check It Out:


R.A. Dickey Pitches at Citi-Field with New Dimensions


Jon Niese Pitches at Citi-Field with New Dimensions


Ike Davis Make a nice grab!


Mets play the Bucs in Pittsburgh (16 MIN)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Recap : 2011 Regular Season Game 66 - Mets at Pirates


Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, New York 1

Neil Walker had two runs batted in to help back seven shutout innings from Paul Maholm, as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Mets, 3-1, in the finale of a four-game set at PNC Park.

Brandon Wood added a solo homer for Pittsburgh, which earned a split of the series.

Maholm (3-7) was sensational, scattering three hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect ninth inning to record his 17th save of the season.

Jose Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to account for the lone run for the Mets, who have split their last six games.

Mike Pelfrey (3-5) turned in a quality start, working seven solid innings. The righty gave up two runs on four hits and struck out six without issuing a walk.

Pittsburgh scored a run in the first to grab the early edge. Consecutive singles by Jose Tabata and Xavier Paul put runners on the corners with nobody out before Walker lined an RBI base hit to center.

The Mets stranded a pair of runners in the second and had another threat turned aside in the fifth.

Wood led off the home fifth with a shot into the left-field seats to make it a 2-0 game.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Pirates - Game 66


Monday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 66: 

  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Turner-3B
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Pagan-CF
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Paulino-C
  7. Murphy-1B
  8. Tejada-2B
  9. Pelfrey-RHP
Game Notes: Pagan hits 4th , Murphy down to the 7th spot

Mike Pelfrey vs Pirates: Won't be a walk through the park for Big Pelf




Mike Pelfrey's  SPLITSIPHRERBBSOWHIPERA
Last seven days6.0422020.673.00
Away34.149302910171.727.60
vs. Pit5.01077132.2012.60
vs. NL68.076423921351.435.16
June11.01499151.367.36

Pittsburgh Pirates Career statistics vs. Mike Pelfrey
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Lyle Overbay3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Matt Diaz11 3 0 0 0 2 1 2 .273 .385 .273 .657
Ronny Cedeno9 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Andrew McCutchen12 6 0 0 0 3 2 0 .500 .571 .500 1.071
Garrett Jones2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Xavier Paul5 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .600 .500 .600 1.100
Dusty Brown2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Jose Tabata7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
Neil Walker11 2 1 0 1 3 0 2 .182 .182 .545 .727
Josh Harrison3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Totals65192111167.292.356.400.756

Mike numbers against Pittsburgh cannot be overlooked. They are hitting .292 against him and Andre McCutchen is hitting .500 (6 for 12).. The Mets must hope Pelfrey has another good outing and not let this one slip by.

LGM!
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