The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the first game of this afternoon’s double-header to the New York Mets at PNC Park by a 5-1 score.
The Bucs couldn’t solve Chris Bassitt today, who improved to 13-7 on the season and lowering his ERA to 3.24. He gave up just one run on five hits with one walk and ten strikeouts in seven innings. Duane Underwood Jr. took the loss for the Pirates, giving up one run on two hits in one inning. Bryse Wilson pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
New York jumped in front early in the top of the 1st. A sacrifice fly by Jeff McNeil scored Brandon Nimmo to make it 1-0. But the game was decided in the fourth inning. A monster three run homerun by Tyler Naquin made it 4-0, and another homerun, a solo shot by Eduardo Escobar, made it 5-0 Mets.
The Pirates avoided being shut out by scoring a run in the sixth inning. A single by Tyler Heineman scored Greg Allen to make it 5-1, but that was as close as the Pirates would get on the day.
This was a disappointing follow-up to last night’s decisive victory for Pittsburgh. They will now face off against the Mets in the rubber match of the series and the second game of today’s doubleheader at PNC Park.
Record vs. Mets: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. East: 9-21
Record at Home: 27-40
Overall Record: 50-85
Let’s Go Bucs!