Final Score: Pirates 14 Mets 7
Why The Pirates Won: The bats woke up big time, scoring 14 runs and collecting 17 hits to go along with 4 walks. Leading the way were Ke’Bryan( I’m Starting To Hit Even Though I Still Take Pitches Right In The Heart Of The Plate) Hayes with 5 hits and Jack Suwinski going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. It was also nice to see Carlos Santana knock one over the fence. The Pirates were 7 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Rich (I’m Glad They Didn’t Make Me Throw Any More Pitches) Hill went 7 innings giving up 2 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 6, on a whopping 119 pitches. He only walked 2 but most of the night he was working from behind in the count. The Mets made it a little interesting at the end by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th but the Pirates put them away to send the Mets to their 7th straight defeat.
Key Moment Of The Game: Going into the bottom of the 3rd the score was tied 2-2 and Rich Hill was again running through the raindrops. After one out Andrew McCutchen got an infield single deep in the hole at short. Carlos Santana hit a weak ground ball right up the middle just to the left of the 2nd base bag. Francisco Lindor tried to scoop the ball, start his throwing motion, while trying to step on 2nd base to start what would have been an easy double play. He dropped the ball. This essentially opened the gates for the Pirates to score 5 runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead. The inning was highlighted by the Ke’Bryan Hayes philosophy of hitting. He took 2 strikes basically down the middle and then laced a single to left center on a ball that was about 6 inches above his ankles to drive in 2 runs. Ji Hwan Bae’s bunt was thrown all over the field to allow the Pirates to score 2 more runs and the rout was on.
Next Game: This afternoon, Mets in Pittsburgh. This year Major League Baseball started the balanced schedule, where every team plays the same schedule. There was much analysis of this on what divisions would benefit from this the most. Luck was not taken into consideration. The luck of when you catch some of these teams. Right now, the Mets are in total disarray and hopefully they will stay that way for 2 more games. Eventually they will turn this around and be one of the hottest teams in the league. Last night’s win assured the Pirates of a winning home stand. Let’s hope they can make it into a great homestand.