The Pittsburgh Pirates scored each of their runs in the 8th and 9th innings (and all with 2 outs) to hand R.A. Dickey yet another tough loss. He drops to 2-6 on the year, while the Mets fall to 25-29.
It was looking like it would be Dickey’s night, as he pitched incredibly for the first 7 innings. But with 2 outs and a man on first in the 8th inning, the game got away from him. After hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch, he allowed an RBI single to Josh Harrison to tie the score at 1. Then, after walking Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker broke the tie with a 2-run single. Bobby Parnell came on in the 9th and, despite reaching the upper 90’s with his fastball, allowed 2 runs of his own to score to push the deficit to 5-1.
-R.A. Dickey: A very admirable effort, gutting this one out with his foot injury — he struck out 10 in the game and featured his best knuckleball of the year.
-Angel Pagan: 2-4 with a run scored in the 1st inning — the only Mets run of the game. A nice comeback so far from his early season injury.
-Daniel Murphy: 2-4 and played a solid third base.
-Nick Evans: I’ve seen enough of him over these past few years. He went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts on the night. Let’s hope he can improve on his .000 season average.
-Late-Game Hitting: Once again, the Mets went down quietly in the late stages of the game — the Pirates bullpen threw 3 perfect innings to close it out.
-Trying to Battle with the B-Squad: It’s tough to win games without the 3 most important hitters in the lineup — Jose Reyes, Ike Davis, and David Wright. Reyes is set to return soon, but it’s not looking good for either Ike or Wright.
On Deck: They’ll play the third game of this 4 game set. First pitch tomorrow is set for 7:10 PM.
PIT Correia (7-4, 3.44 ERA) vs. NYM Capuano (3-5, 4.94 ERA)