Game Recap: Pirates 5, Mets 2

Result: Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in a poor start that left the Mets in a hole that was too big to climb out of, as they fell to the Pirates by the score of 5 to 2 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.



Need to Know: The Pirates took a 1-0 lead before mustering their first hit, scoring in the third inning on a walk, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch, and RBI ground out.  Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets in the top of the fourth to tie the game, 1-1. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth and runners on the corners, a set play left Ike Davis in a rundown and Andrew McCutchen scored from third base before the out was made, as the Pirates went ahead 2-1.  The next inning, Gregory Polanco hit a long three-run homer as the Pirates extended their lead to 5-1. The Mets drew within 5-2 when David Wright doubled home a run in the eighth, but that’s as close as they would get.


Game Ball: Gregory Polanco of the Pirates, whose mammoth three-run home run was the difference in the game.


Links: Recap | Boxscore


What’s Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Pirates on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Brandon Cumpton for Pittsburgh. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.




96 comments
stage52
stage52

Ike Davis said today on WFAN  with Joe & Evan standing in for Fatcessa' that the caught stealing play when McCutchen scored was not a set play at all.  So much for accuracy in reporting!

melmet
melmet

we thought we were rid of that girly-boy catcher d'arnaud...but just to show you how weak we are at so many positions he's back...sure he got a couple of hits..but that  PASSED BALL should have got him benched on its own...I AM SO SICK OF THAT "FRAME THE PITCH" BS....the fact is HE CANT CATCH THE BALL...AND WE KNOW HE THROWS NO ONE OUT...EVER...

Scrubs
Scrubs

Mets can look so dynamic during blow-outs of other teams and oh so bad the next day.  Wicked schizophrenic.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Two runs when your fifth starter is pitching is liable not to lead to a win.

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

2 good games... Well we had our fun Met fans.

Straw18
Straw18

Quote of the night from TC " Dice K did a good job and kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win"

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

They were sleepwalking. That passed ball by d'Arnaud was pathetically lazy and changed DiceK's approach to Polonco. My book it is all on him.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Here's what's really laughable.  The Wilpons through Jay Horowitz any any media outlet dumb enough to listen are telling us that they want to win bad and this is killing them too.  Here's what I have to say........after 8 yrs of this it's time to STFU and show me.  You can't talk your way out of what you have behaved your way into!!

Olerud42
Olerud42

I don't see how Tejada can be defended as an adequate SS. He's been basically worth 0 WAR, so basically worthless. Well below average. That's not good enough if you want to win games. 

eric88
eric88

More bad news, Syndergaard got rocked again tonight.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

.....And PLAWECKI Parks one to tie it with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th 

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

Matt Reynolds becoming a SS prospect in AAA

355 in AA in 211 AB's

400 in 20 AB's in AAA

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

So you fire Hudgens, get the little bump in offense, but overall the team is still woefully inconsistent.  So when do Sandy and the brain trust concede that it may be time to scrap this philosophy of his?  A philosophy by the way that i have my doubts the affiliate managers are even enforcing.

tigerinblu
tigerinblu

Is Tejada a better starting SS than say, Rafael Santana was for our championship '86 squad? Santana didn't have much of an arm, but he was steady with the glove, made the routine plays while hitting his usual .218 from the 8 hole

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

So Corey Vaughn hits a sharp single and the booth asks Greg Vaughn what he saw...


"He hit early in the count...ya know?  It's difficult now because ya know, so much of these philosophies today go back to guys who never played.  ya know?"    "I think we need to switch back to the philosophy of 'hit to walk' instead of 'walk to hit'"

tigerinblu
tigerinblu

Polanco is a stud. Pirates are set with that sick OF (Marte, McClutch, Polanco). Jealous Mets fan here. Grandy has some nice numbers if you take away April.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

HEY...anyone watching the game...did Greg Vaughn just take a shot at Sandy and his hitting philosophy????

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wilmer is playing second base.  I think we have our answer - he was sent down to get used to second again, because Sandy is going to peddle Murphy.  That's how I see it.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@archer41 To be fair, most teams don't win often when their 6th starter is on the mound...

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@archer41 Fifth starter gives up runs and don't score off a guy who's ERA is under 2? I guess. 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Joe Paulson He's not even really the 5th starter, since he's only in the rotation with Gee out. More like the 6th starter. 7th if you want to include Harvey in the equation, but they knew he'd be out for the season so not sure that's the right way to look at it.

Jason Salisbury
Jason Salisbury

@Dana Smith The problem with Duda and i agree with Francesa is that it is the softest season ever. I get the lineup sucks but he never gets a hit with runners on. Lots of solo homers and failed opportunities with runners on.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Dana Smith Really??..........I don't know who's dumber....him or Murphy.  The right side of the infield is Dumb and Dumber!

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@C.K. Dexter Haven There is nothing wrong with the hitting philosophy. Its simple. Its about properly executing it, which a lot of players on this team arent doing because they just arent that good.

eric88
eric88

That's dumb, look at the team he was on. This team can't carry RT.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@tigerinblu That IS the best OF in the NL, possibly in baseball.  And their 4th OFer is Josh Harrison...sick OF for sure..

melmet
melmet

@Doubleday SURE...then our team batting average will be .220....YOU DO NOT WIN WITH THAT...

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Doubleday Sounds plausible, but it just doesn't make any sense.  The Mets need offense.  Unless of course this is more about not wanting to pay Murph this off-season.  

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@Adam Porte @Olerud42 He is a below average shortstop. Period. No power, little speed, nothing more than an occasional single. Look around the major leagues at what other shortstops are doing. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

He's also a better shortstop than Flores.

Mike Garrison
Mike Garrison

That just doesn't make any sense because Duda has the highest average on the team with RISP. I don't love Duda, but you can't just say things that aren't true about him.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Nothing personal, but his footwork at first needs a lot of work.

tigerinblu
tigerinblu

@C.K. Dexter Haven offensively, defensively... they're all athletes. 

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@C.K. Dexter Haven @Doubleday Trading Murphy makes no sense since he is the made for Citi Field.  If they do trade him, it will really signal they have absolutely no money. 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Mike Garrison It was truer last year. This season he is doing a better job of driving in runs. What Francesa has said though is that his power numbers for most part come when the game is out of reach, one way or the other. Not in big spots. To that argument, his late & close numbers do suck, but so do the rest of the team's (except for Granderson & Lagares) so it's clearly not all him.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Joseph DeFazio Trading Murph makes sense when you take into account his age. He's 29, not 23. Doesn't pay to give him a big extension, and if you're going to let him walk, you might as well get something for him. 

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Doubleday  I just have no friggin patience for that.  First the Mets couldn't sign quality hitters because they couldn't afford them, NOW they are going to lose quality hitters because they can't afford them either?  How long does Bud stand idly by and do nothing?