The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets met for the final time in 2019 today and it was not a Sunday fun day for Pittsburgh. New York struck early and often throughout the game, just like they did in five of six games this season. Joe Musgrove had his worst start as a Pirate, while Mets starter Noah Syndergaard looked like one of the better pitchers in the Majors.
Musgrove allowed eight runs on ten hits, with five strikeouts in just 3.1 innings today. He managed to pitch a scoreless second, but that meant little after allowing three runs in the first and third inning, and two in the fourth. Syndergaard pitched seven innings giving up one run on three hits, with three strikeouts and a walk.
The only signs of offense from the Buccos came well after the game was decided. Colin Moran plated a run in the seventh with an RBI single to right center. Jose Osuna would hit a 400 ft. home run to center field in the ninth for the final run of the day.
Pittsburgh would have two new faces emerge from the bullpen today to cover the final 5.2 innings. Yefry Ramirez pitched 3.2 of this innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Parker Markel worked the final two innings out of the pen and he would strikeout three batters, while keeping New York off the scoreboard.
After a promising start to this series on Friday, the Pirates continued their post All-Star break downward spiral the past two games. They will now open up a three game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow night. The Buccos will see a familiar face on the mound for Milwaukee, as Jordan Lyles will take the bump to take on Dario Agrazal. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.
Record vs. Mets: 1-5
Record vs. N.L. East: 8-14
Record at Home: 24-28
Overall Record: 48-63
Let’s Go Bucs!