Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Mets shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates at home 6-0

The New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 6-0 on Wednesday night. The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and pitched very well and Jeurys Familia closed out the game. Ruben Tejada and Andres Torres led the Mets offense but David Wright became the all-time Mets hits leader. Pedro Alvarez led a very weak Pittsburgh offense and Locke didn’t pitch well for the Pirates. 
Hefner pitched seven innings giving up three hits and no runs with a walk and seven strikeouts. Hefner won his third game of the season and Familia pitched two innings giving up a walk and striking out one. Locke lost his third game of the season pitching 3 2/3 innings giving up nine hits and five runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Chris Leroux pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits, Jeff Karstens pitched two innings giving up two hits and a run with two strikeouts and Bryan Morris pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Chad Qualls pitched an inning giving up a hit.

Tejada had four hits and two RBI, Daniel Murphy had two hits and an RBI and Wright had two hits. Scott Hairston had two hits and an RBI, Ike Davis drew a walk and Kelly Shoppach had a hit and an RBI. Torres had three hits, Hairston and Torres each hit a double and the Mets were 6-9 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. Tejada and Torres each had a stolen base, Tejada was caught stealing.

Starling Marte had a hit and drew a walk, Pedro Alvarez had two hits and Clint Barmes drew a walk. The Pirates were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. Marte was caught stealing and Alvarez committed an error. Marte had an outfield assist and Locke had a pickoff.

In the third the Mets scored four runs to take a 4-0 lead. Murphy hit an RBI single, Wright hit an RBI single, Hairston hit an RBI double and Shoppach had an RBI single. In the fourth Tejada hit an RBI single to extend the Mets lead to 5-0. The final run of the game came in the sixth as Tejada hit an RBI single to make it 6-0.

The Mets record improved to 71-84 and the Pirates record fell to 76-79. The Mets have taken two out of the first three games and will finish the series on Thursday afternoon.

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