Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Mets lose a tough one in Pittsburgh after an error cost them the game winning run

The New York Mets were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 5-4 on Monday night. The game took place at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Johan Santana started for the Mets and he pitched ok. The bullpen did a good job for the Mets. Eric Bedard pitched ok for the Pirates and their bullpen did a really good job. David Wright and Ronny Cedeno led the Mets offense with half of their hits. Andruw McCutchen led the Pirates offense with a couple of hits. 
Santana pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Bobby Parnell pitched to one batter and struck him out, Tim Byrdak pitched to one batter and struck him out and Jon Rauch took the loss pitching one inning and giving up an unearned run. He struck out one and it was his third loss of the season. Bedard pitched five innings giving up six hits and four runs with three walks and he struck out four. The Pirates used four relievers to pitch four innings. They gave up two hits and no runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Hughes picked up his first win and Hanrahan picked up his tenth save of the season.

Andres Torres drew a walk, Justin Turner had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk and Wright had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk. Lucas Duda, Vinny Rottino each had a hit and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a hit. Cedeno had two hits and an RBI, Mike Nickeas drew a walk and Mike Baxter drew a walk. Cedeno had a double. The Mets were 2-7 and left nine men on base. Wright committed two errors and Nieuwenhuis had an error.

Jose Tabata drew a walk, Harrison had a hit and McCutchen had two hits and an RBI. Pedro Alvarez had a hit and an RBI, Neil Walker had a hit and Clint Barmes had a hit, RBI and drew a walk. Michael McKenry had a hit and two RBI, Bedard had a hit. Harrison, McCutchen, Alvarez and Walker each had a double. McKenry had a homerun. The Pirates were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

In the second inning Cedeno hit an RBI double giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Turner hit a two run single to push the lead to 3-0 and Wright hit an RBI single making it 4-0. In the fourth McCutchen hit an RBI double and Alvarez hit an RBI double to make it a 4-2 game in favor of the Mets. In the seventh McKenry hit a two run homerun to tie the game at four. In the eighth Barmes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4 Pirates and that was the final score. Walker led off the inning with a routine fly out that Niewenhuis and Baxter who just came into the game made an error on and the runner went all the way to third and then the sacrifice fly to win the game came.

The Mets record dropped to 22-20 and the Pirates record improved to 20-22. The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Tuesday night

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