The New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Monday night. The offense couldn’t hit a lick to help out their pitcher on the mound. As such, the Mets fall to 32-34 on the season while they continue their road trip to Atlanta.

Turner looking like Tony the Tiger with his pants all dirtied up.

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The Scoop:

Mike Pelfrey took the mound against Paul Maholm in the final game of the series. Although he got roughed up in the first inning allowing the game’s first run, Pelfrey was very solid over seven innings. The Mets were down 2-0 in the 8th inning when they were finally able to push across a run on a Jose Reyes sacrifice fly plating Ruben Tejada. An extra boost from the Pirates’ Neil Walker lifted them to a 3-1 lead which would be the deciding score.

The Positives:

Big Pelf: Mike Pelfrey pitched his second consecutive strong start. He went seven innings allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out six. He would’ve earned a win if his team scored some runs for him. Instead, he fell to 3-5 on the season.

The Negatives:

No Offense: The Mets bats were dead in tonight’s game. Besides two hits from Daniel Murphy and a hit off the bat of Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda, everyone was retired quietly. Hopefully, they can get their bats going against their division rivals.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jose Reyes committed his eighth error of the season.
  • None of the 1-6 batters in the reached base on a hit.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to bounce back as they head to Turner Field to face the Atlanta Braves in a three game series beginning Tuesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (5-5) 3.51 ERA vs. ATL Jair Jurrjens (8-2) 1.82 ERA