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Mets Win Big, Sweep Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates cannot get out of the Big Apple soon enough.  After dropping the first two games of this three-game series, they would play arguably their worst game of the season and suffer their first sweep of the year.  The New York Mets would score seven runs over their last three innings to down Pittsburgh 9-1.

The Pirates would hold an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI single to center.  New York would quickly answer when Starling Marte hit a two-run homer to center in the bottom of the inning.  Two more runs came across the plate for the Mets in the sixth on a Tyrone Taylor single to center.  Taylor would then score later in the inning on a two-run homer by Harrison Bader.

New York was not done yet.  They would score three more runs in the eighth to put the final nail in the coffin of this series.  Pete Alonso would score on a fielder’s choice hit by Francisco Alvarez.  Alvarez and Jeff McNeil then came around on a Brandon Nimmo single to left center for the final two runs of the day.

Bailey Falter suffered the loss, but not because of his own doing.  He would throw five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.  Hunter Stratton would be lit up for four runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.  Ryder Ryan would strikeout one batter in the seventh, before David Bednar was hit hard in the eighth.  He would allow three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.  Josh Fleming would give up one hit, before collecting the last out of the eighth.

Mets starter Luis Severino would throw six innings allowing one run, zero earned, five hits, four strikeouts, and three walks.  Jorge Lopez, Jake Diekman, and Grant Hartwig would each throw an inning out of the New York bullpen combining to strikeout three Buccos.

Starting pitching was the only thing that seemed to go right for Pittsburgh over these three days.  The Pirates will need to hit the reset button during an off day on Thursday before starting a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Friday.  Hopefully their offense can find success like what it did in the early parts of the season so that they can get back on the winning track.

Record vs. Mets:  0-3

Record vs. N.L. East:  8-6

Record on the Road:  8-6

Overall Record:  11-8


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.