Final Score: Pirates 8 Mets 2
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Pretty damn good. Let me count the ways. Oneil Cruz 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Bryan Reynolds 2 for 3, 2 walks, a run scored and an RBI. Rudolfo Castro 1 for 5, a home run and 2 RBI’s. Ke’Bryan Hayes returned to the lineup going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Michael Chavis did not get a hit but drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Jason Delay went 1 for 4 and an RBI. Finally, Jack Suwinski went 2 for 4. Mitch Keller threw 6 scoreless innings giving up 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out a pair, another solid performance. The 2023 Pirates did not commit an error, as they crushed the Mets.
Key Moment of The Game: The Mets had 2 runners on base in each of the first 3 innings and failed to score a single run. They went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position for the game. Keller was tough when he had to be and the Mets could not score in the early going as the Pirates stretched their lead to 4 runs after 6 innings. Mitch Keller has become a major league pitcher.
Next Game: Day-Night double header with the Mets in Pittsburgh. The Mets appear to be ripe for the taking as they may be starting their swoon a little later than usual. The Pirate brass is worried that this could affect their chances at the number 1 pick. There is talk that the Pirates may use a position player as a starting pitcher using the excuse that the doubleheader is too much for their staff and they won’t have any chance with De Grom pitching anyway.