Recap: Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)

Result: The Mets dropped their third straight game as it fell in 11 innings to the Pirates 3-2 at a sold-out PNC Park in Pittsburgh.


Need to know:  Josh Harrison’s two-out double off the right field wall with two outs in the 11th scored Clint Barmes — who walked– from first base with the winning run off reliever Vic Black (1-2) as the Mets lost their second straight to the Pirates. It was another tough loss for the Mets, who got out of a second and third and no out jam in the 10th, but lost it in the 11th.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead on a Lucas Duda two-run single. The Pirates equaled it in their turn on a Jory Mercer two-out two-run single in the fourth. Mets starter Jacob deGrom didn’t help himself in the inning as he failed to cover first base on a ground ball to Duda at first opening up the rally.  The Mets also failed to convert a double play in the inning.

deGrom was solid going 6 2/3 innings and giving up two runs and five hits. The Mets’ pitching struck out 10 batters, none better than Jenrry Mejia in the 10th.  Mejia managed to get out of a blown umpires call in the 10th.  Harrison, who led off the 10th with a single and stole second, was caught off second on a comebacker from Gregory Polanco to Mejia. Harrison was in a rundown and  dove away from a tag from Ruben Tejada, going on to the infield grass. Harrison went to third and wasn’t called out for out of the baseline. Mejia shook it off striking out Travis Snider. Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Mejia struck out Neil Walker and got Russell Martin to flyout to right.

In the 11th, a one-out walk by Black set up Harrison’s long drive to right and the game was over.


Game ball: Travis d’Arnaud, who had three hits and is looking like a different hitter at the plate than the guy sent down to Triple-A earlier in the season.


Links:  Recap | Box Score


What’s next :Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA)  goes for the Mets against Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) today at 4:05 p.m.

 




98 comments
04doctored14
04doctored14

Very sad--Find it hard to watch this team self-destruct night after night.  With a decent closer early in the season (i.e. Hawkins) plus resigning Byrd--this team could be near the top of the weakened division.  SA doesn't have a clue re: free agent decisions.  The team cannot perform basic baserunning and/or defensive play in the infield--the worst 2 infield performers defensively are Duda and Murphy which negates much of their offensive output--both show very little baseball acumen in the opinion of this observer.  It's a shame because the starting pitching has been superlative with little to show for it in the Win column.

johnsec125
johnsec125

" The Blue Jays want a 2b but not Daniel Murphy" That sentence says more about the Mets than anything. The best hitter on the team.


semperfi
semperfi

Marlon Byrd led the team in HR's and RBI's before last years trade which I supported and  worked out great for us, currently has 13 HR's and 46 RBI's which again would be leading the Mets in the 2 categories they need the most help in, sad thing is we could of got him back in off season for the same $ that they gave Young, coaches and players were all very high on Byrd and he liked playing for the Mets and was popular with the fans, Granderson, Legares and Byrd sounds alot more productive then what we have been trying to do with the OF, kills me to see Gomez as one of the top fielding and biggest OF bats in MLB playing for another team, Pagan is another productive OF bat that has won a championship since leaving the Mets, I believe Cruz used to be in Mets system, understand loosing him before he produced but could have signed him during off season and now is hitting .290 with 25 HRs and 65 RBI's, how would that look in the middle of the Mets lineup  

ken1010
ken1010

I keep trying to not watch, thinking that if I find out after the game that they won, I'll be happy they won. If I find out they lost, I'll be happy I didn't watch.

But I keep getting sucked in, turning the game on tied in the seventh inning yesterday. It's like watching a car wreck, in slow motion over six months. About half way through you can tell it will be a complete disaster, but it's hard to take your eyes off it.

Scrubs
Scrubs

 Question: If TC hadn't wasted his challenge at second base, was that play at third where runner was on the grass challengeable?

Scrubs
Scrubs

Sandy, you really need to have a presser or meeting with the little people as you did with season ticket holders.  We deserve to know  what you are planning for this disaster going forward.  There's so much season left and so much rotten baseball to be played.  My beloved team has become a pain in my money ball(s).

semperfi
semperfi

Colon, Niese, Wheeler, deGrom and Gee coming back, this starting 5 gives you a chance to win everynight, the bullpen has improved tremendously since April, throw in a bat or 2 and this team is fighting for the division, I would trade Murphy and slide Tejada over to 2nd and get Ramirez from the Sox, he replaces Murphy's bat and improves the Mets D up the middle big time, great pitching and strong D, especially up the middle can put this team in contention for the playoffs, Herrera and Reynolds could replace Tejada when the time is right. I like Murphy but his poor D offsets his bat and his trade value is at its peak, time to cash in and build the team around pitching and strong D 

TomRoge42683946
TomRoge42683946

@SNYtv is anybody else sick of seeing Terry Collins mishandle his closer Tie game on the road not a place to waste your closer

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

This team is so BAD that sucks would be a improvement :{ It would be nice if they could just throw in the white towel and forfeit the rest of the season. The team could get some time off and be rebuilt so they can WIN some games and perhaps get above 500. The season is over, again :{


kcas44
kcas44

this team is horrible at fundamentals of the game.twice now screwed up run down in 2 games

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

Its getting late early, lets see what Wally can do. what have we got to lose?

mingo
mingo

And yet Wally keeps winning no matter where he goes.

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

the lack of making simple plays, not covering 1b not turning easy d.p.s  is a major problem, then there is that rundown, yea I know he should have been out for running out of the baseline, but it should have never have gotten that far, and now wright is hurt, Sandy needs a power hitter but who? well that why they pay him the big bucks. if you can not make the fundamental plays, I am sorry but that falls on the coaching staff.

mrfurley
mrfurley

looks like the mets are back to being the mets.....i was getting nervous for a second

eric88
eric88

Record wise this may end up the worst year in Sandy's tenure. We were usually pretty good until the All Star break and then tanked every year. We got a head start this year.

johnsec125
johnsec125

The Mets had the lead and they lost?

Randy Dela Cruz
Randy Dela Cruz

The Mets are the only team I know whose fans applaude a .200 hitter. As long as the team's fans are going to be ok with a shitty team, that's what the owners and front office will continue to give them. Back-to-back wins and people were gushing about the team like they were contenders. Well, the Mets rewarded those "loyal" fans with 3 straight defeats. Let's face it. It sucks to be a Mets fan fight now.

semperfi
semperfi

Nice to see Travis get 3 hits and move his average over .200, I would like to see them bat TD 2nd like they used to with LoDuca in 06, Granderson leading off, TD, Murphy, Wright, Duda, Lagares, Tejada pitcher and then either Young up 9th. I think now is the time to trade Murphy, highest value is now, top level middle of the order prospect,  

Dyl Ofthefuture
Dyl Ofthefuture

Being a real mets fan means rooting for this train wreck of a team to lose 50 out of 80; that way the front office has to abandon ship or build a legitimate team.

Do we really expect to win when our best hitter is Daniel Murphy or Bobby Abreu? We have holes in 3/5 infield spots and our outfield doesn't have anyone close to being a superstar. Other teams have Yasiel Puig, Gregory Polanco, Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew McCutchen, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun the list goes on...

The team has failed on every level from the players to the owners. They've severely underperformed if 90 wins is the goal. We have a few real solid players worth keeping, when will they actually be built around?

Bring in an all-star hitter! We need a powerful presence in the lineup more than anything else. Duda, Wright, and Granderson get better when another, more dangerous, threat is batting in between them. The whole lineup changes, it takes pressure off everyone.

This mess has gone on long enough. The team is worth billions, there's gotta be an an investment that makes sense for both parties if the Wilpon's don't sell. Spend money to make money, Citi Field will sell out every night if the team is playing for something.

How can the man who owned the 1986 World Series be the same unapologetic, lousy owner we have today? I'm a Mets fan for better or worse, but I won't spend a dollar on anything Mets or even watch the games if this culture of losing is accepted by the front office. Any sane Mets fan would do the same.

No more thinking it's gonna turn around when they win 3 out of 4 every once in a while. Do something to get fans really excited about this team, even if it means selling everyone to bring in some proven talent next year. The farm is never going to produce a winning team by itself.

If Sandy continues to make choices like signing Chris Young, Shawn Marcum or trade pagan for garbage, he needs to go! If Terry is going to continue to lose games and underperform, he needs to go! If the Wilpon's don't demand results and spend like the highly valuable major market team they are, we need to turn our backs on them. Go see a minor league game, you'd be better off.

Give us the decency of leveling with fans about the state of the team. Stop spitting in our faces by spinning BS and just admit failure. At least we'd have the hope that the people in charge recognize the problems and are working to fix them.

I'm beyond sick of resenting the team I grew up loving so much. I'm over every discussion being about how awful they are. How about rewarding the most loyal and passionate fans in the world with a team worthy of our time and money?

-Forever ranting Mets fan

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I wish I wasn't a Mets fan. There so frustrating I can not take it.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I'll never know how the Mets manage to do it... even when their offense does pretty well, they still can't score. How do you manage to plate only 2 runs in back to back games when you had 9 hits in each game? I mean, the first game they even had 3 extra-base hits, including a homer (a solo shot, but still). Even if you take out Duda's solo homer, that means they could get just one other run on 8 hits, including a pair of doubles, and two walks. That's so pitiful...

fatherflot
fatherflot

Flores playing 3rd and Matt Reynolds playing 2nd at LV tonight.  Interesting.  Very interesting.  Reynolds hitting .429 by the way.

fatherflot
fatherflot

I was unable to listen to this game, but it sounds like it had some positives (for a loss) -- DeGrom's start, Mejia's nails performance, D'arnaud's day at the plate.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Another loss?  I really thought we had turned a corner there!!  

nwmets
nwmets

@citifield But what you wrote isn't really a "comment," so it doesn't count. We're still at 99.

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

@johnsec125 Could also be a ploy to drive down Sandy's asking price.  Murph represents a definite upgrade offensively over Kawasaki and Tolleson.  They are both decent defensively but they're doing nothing at the dish.  I just didn't think they needed MORE offense.

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

@semperfi I am with you on the Byrd thing....Sandy had an opportunity to absolutely FLEECE Pittsburgh last year.  By re-signing Byrd to what is a reasonable contract at season's end, Sandy could've ostensibly gotten Byrd, Dilson and Black for cash and a draft pick.  


As for the rest...Gomez is the collateral damage associated with acquiring a 2-time CY winner who eventually went on to throw your team's first no-hitter.  Can't really second guess that move now.  not fair.  And Cruz...was NEVER going to sign with the Mets for 1 year at $8Mil.  I wish fans would come to grips with that already.  

ShawnP
ShawnP

@semperfi  These guys leave the Mets an absolutely flourish with other teams.It's happened time & time again.And for the icing on the cake,usually  always come back to be Met killers.


Bad luck mixed in with incompetent people running this circus.


This team is washed up already and we haven't even hit the famous AS break collapse.

painterman
painterman

I tuned out in the 7th inning since they would surely lose...and they did!

mustang66
mustang66

I am just as frustrated as everybody else who Posts on this website. I just wanna bring up a little bit of good news. Of course this all depends on our fearless leader Terry Collins losing his man crush on Tejada. in case you guys don't know we have a shortstop named Matt Reynolds who was just promoted to AAA after hitting 355 in AA. So far, in eight games at AAA he is hitting 4:29 with a 1.094 opS. He has five RBIs at nine runs scored with six doubles. I am hoping he can continue to thrive and actually get a chance to come up after the All Star break and possibly be an answer to a shortstop dilemma. It would be Huge to be able to fill this hole internally so we can save our assets to get power hitting left fielder.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@barbarossa

But you must be happy that the Wilpons financial situation is improving even though the Mets are becoming a national joke for their continued terrible play and subjecting the fans to misery and ridicule.  

Can't wait to trade some more players for the future,  go get 'em Sandy.

ken1010
ken1010

Lost count at 21 times. Must be in the mid 20s by now.

eric88
eric88

@Randy Dela Cruz Yeah, guys get MAD when you critiqe a player, there expectations have been lowered so much that poor performance is defended. Example, last night they focused on the umpires in the 10th, instead of the big blunders made by Meija and Tejada. That is called desparation.

bigslick
bigslick

Agree on TDA - he should be moved up in the lineup!

I completely disagree on Murphy. Murphy is our best hitter, he is still young and he is a great bang for the buck! His production at 2B is fantastic!

Murphy is part of the solution NOT the problem!

We have an excellent pitching staff - we are just a new manager and two bats away from competing at a very high level.

Fire Terry!

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

@Dyl Ofthefuture   When Sandy said if the Met fans what a better team they need to come to the ball park every night I thought wow how disillusioned is this guy.

mustang66
mustang66

when you have an automatic out in the five hole it kills a lot of rallies

ken1010
ken1010

No depth to the lineup. Get people on and then send up the .200 hitters. CY batting 6th is just part of the problem.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@fatherflot

David Wright may be getting ready to miss some time,  and Murphy is getting traded at the trade deadline.

mustang66
mustang66

I've been screaming this for the last week Matt Reynolds is a guy to follow!

gpopper
gpopper

We did, into an alley

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

@bklyndude @barbarossa There is no evidence that Wilpon's financial situation is improving. Let us hope the new MLB commissioner forces a sale of the Mets, then hope will be restored.  

ken1010
ken1010

Tejada should have tagged the runner when he was lying on the infield grass. No excuse not to, and to leave that to the unreliable umpires.

ken1010
ken1010

Murphy is an excellent value now but next year and after they will have to pay him a fair value. That's the only reason they want to dump him.

semperfi
semperfi

@bigslick Strong up the middle defense is very important and as much as I like Murphy, he will never provide +D, his bat is solid but is a wash because of his D, he provides more value for other teams that have holes at DH, 3B, 1B or can overlook the poor defense, he provides the highest trade value now before having to be signed long term, he is one of the top 10 highest paid 2nd basemans and with his D it is not as big a bang for the buck as you might think

cyrus
cyrus

@crafalko17 @gpopper if you compare this group of guys on offense to the past you can see how bad it really is. i miss the days of strawberry, piazza, delgado. hell even richard hidalgo could hit the crap out of the ball at any given time in the game. when was the last time we had a player that really put fear into the opposition. i guess 2006. almost ten yeaRs. jesus