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Mets Score Six Unanswered To Down Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip Monday night with the start of a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.  It was Jackie Robinson Day around baseball, as players honored him by wearing his number 42 on their jerseys.  Pittsburgh would lead 3-0 midway through the game, but New York would score the final six runs to come away with the victory.

After five scoreless innings the Pirates were first on the board when Andrew McCutchen singled home Ke’Bryan Hayes.  McCutchen would come in to score when Conner Joe singled to center.  The final run of the inning came when Jack Suwinski scored on a Jared Triolo sac fly to right.  The Mets would rally to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

A bases loaded walk to Francisco Alvarez started the scoring and that was followed by a fielding error by Joe which allowed the second run to score.  DJ Stewart would tie the game on a double to right center.  In the eighth New York would take the lead when Harrison Bader plated a pair on a double to left.  The final run of the night came when Bader scored on a fielder’s choice.

Early on it looked like Pittsburgh starter Martin Perez would cruise, but that changed in the sixth.  He would exit after 5.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Hunter Stratton was charged with a blown save after allowing one hit and collecting the final out of the sixth.  Colin Holderman worked a scoreless seventh, striking out two and walking one. 

Aroldis Chapman was roughed up once again, allowing three runs on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.  He would be tossed for arguing with the umpire, which would allow Roansy Contreras to collect the final two outs of the inning.

Adrian Houser started for the Mets allowing two runs on two hits over 5.1 innings with five walks and five strikeouts.  Drew Smith collected the final two outs of the sixth.  Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino each struck out two batters while pitching an inning.  Edwin Diaz earned his fourth save of the year after walking and striking out a batter in the ninth.

Two bad innings really did the Pirates in tonight.  Chapman seems to currently have what David Bednar had last week.  He has had trouble finding the strike zone and when he does the ball is hit hard.  Oneil Cruz went 0-4 tonight with three strikeouts.  He is now 0 for his last 8 with seven strikeouts.  Game two of this three game series will take place Tuesday night at 7:10pm.

Record vs. Mets:  0-1

Record vs. N.L. East:  8-4

Record on the Road:  8-4

Overall Record:  11-6

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.