Game 123: Rain, Mets Add to Pirates Misery

The start of the game was delayed by rain. The end of the game was called by rain. In between, the song remained the same: the Mets beat the Pirates.

The Mets got it going early and broke it open late (well, relatively late). Jose Reyes doubled leading off the game. He moved to third on a bunt single from Angel Pagan. Chris Carter whiffed on a ball in the dirt. When Chris Snyder threw to first to complete the out, Reyes dashed home with the first run of the game.

Pittsburgh tied it in third off Jonathon Niese. McCutchen doubled leading off the inning. Skipper John Russell apparently called for a sac bunt because Jose Tabata delivered one. Neil Walker singled in McCutchen to knot the score.

The Mets broke the tie off James McDonald in the next frame. They got their own leadoff double – from Ike Davis. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Ruben Tejada sac fly. New York extended the lead in the fifth. Angel Pagan doubled and Carlos Beltran walked. One out later David Wright popped a three run dinger. Ike Davis walked and Tejada reached on a Pedro Alvarez error. McDonald got Niese to ground out to end the inning.

Niese retired the Pirates in the fifth and as the rain apparently got worse, the umpires called for the tarps after the first batter in the top of the sixth reached base. After a little more than one hour, it was called.

Niese allowed five hits and one run in five innings. He struck out five and walked one. McDonald gave up five runs in five innings. He allowed six hits, but walked five. He struck out four.

The Good
McCutchen had two doubles.

The Bad
Losing 12 of 13 and five in a row.

The Rest
This was Niese’s second career start against Pittsburgh and first decision. This was McDonald’s fifth appearance against the Mets (first start) and his first decision.

Wright came into the game with a .266/.335/.371 line against the Pirates in over 140 career at bats. He had hit just two homers against Pittsburgh before the his fifth inning blast.

Analysis
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