It was close into the late innings. Kevin Correia and Chris Capuano were both effective, with Correia retiring the first 14 Met hitters. It ended in a 7-0 laugher with Clint Hurdle watching from the clubhouse.
The Mets first hit came in the fifth inning off the bat of Jason Bay. The Pirates put a runner on in each of the first five innings, but failed to put anyone on third.
The game turned – and turned weird – in the seventh. Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan both singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Bay’s fly ball scored Murphy, but Pagan failed to touch second base making his way back to first and was called out. That ended the inning, but the run stood.
In the bottom of the seventh, Hurdle was tossed arguing the ruling that Pagan had caught a deep drive off the bat of Lyle Overbay. Hurdle’s viewpoint was that the ball bounced off the wall and into his glove. The video that I saw looked like it was a good catch. Regardless, Hurdle was run, Overbay was out and fireworks were set off with the incorrect notion that the Pirates had dingered.
The wheels came off in the eighth. Correia retired the first two hitters before giving up a single to Willie Harris. Jose Reyes singled and Justin Turner doubled in one. That was all for Correia. Chris Resop relieved. He was greeted rudely by Carlos Beltran, who singled to make it 4-0 Mets. Resop was pulled in favor of Daniel Moskos. He yielded singles to Murphy and Pagan, bringing in a fifth New York run. New York tacked on two more in the ninth as Scott Hairston and Reyes hit solo bombs off of Daniel McCutchen to make it 7-0.
Correia went 7-2/3 and gave up four runs. He gave up seven hits and walked none. He struck out four. Capuano gave up three hits and two walks in seven shutout innings. He struck out five. Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell finished it with a scoreless inning each.
McCutchen is on fire. He singled twice and walked. He also had an assist.
Not supporting Correia’s solid effort.
Correia is now 2-4 against the Mets. Capuano improves to 4-7 against the Buccos.
Bucs were 23-41 after 64 games in 2010. They are 31-33 this year.
As far as I’m able to tell, Bobby Parnell is not related to for Red Sox ace Mel Parnell. I’m nearly sure that Wiz Khalifa is not related to Sammy Khalifa.
According to the Pirates 2011 Media Guide, Hurdle came into the 2011 season with 21 ejections as a manager. I believe this is his second heave ho of the season.