The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets continued their series from Citi Field on Tuesday night. New York opened the series with a win, but Pittsburgh would take advantage of a six run seventh inning to take game two of this three game series by the final of 7-4.
The Mets opened the scoring in the first inning when Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run to right center. Liover Peguero tied the game with a 431 ft. solo home run in the second. The big seventh inning for the Pirates began when Andrew McCutchen scored on a bases loaded walk. Connor Joe would also score on a bases loaded walk, before Peguero scored on a passed ball. Jason Delay drove home a pair with a double to right and then scored when Bryan Reynolds tripled to center.
New York would make a bit of a rally in the seventh with three runs of their own. The first two runs scored when DJ Stewart hit a home run to right center. The final run of the inning, and game, came on a solo home run from Jonathan Arauz.
Bailey Falter made the start for Pittsburgh and worked 5.1 innings. He allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Colin Shelby earned the win after covering 1.1 innings. He would allow three runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks. Angel Perdomo collected the final out of the seventh via strikeout, before Colin Holderman struck out two in the eighth. David Bednar picked up his 25th save of the season after giving up a hit and striking out a batter.
Mets starter David Peterson allowed one run on three hits with six walks and five strikeouts during 3.2 innings. Reliver Jose Butto would walk three and strikeout five while allowing three runs on two hits over 2.2 innings. Grant Hartwig gave up three runs on two hits with a walk in just .1 of an inning. The next 1.1 inning belonged to Drew Smith and he would strikeout three and allow a hit. Brooke Raley allowed one hit in the ninth.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Joe, and Peguero led the way with two hits apiece tonight. The New York pitching sure helped the cause in that seventh inning, but the Pirates hitters showed patience at the plate as well. These two teams will meet one final time in 2023 on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10pm. Johan Oviedo will face off against Tylor Megill.
Record vs. Mets: 3-2
Record vs. N.L. East: 10-9
Record on the Road: 25-34
Overall Record: 54-66
Let’s Go Bucs!