The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 14 runs on 17 hits on Friday night on their way to an easy victory over the New York Mets at PNC Park. Here we are one day later, and the Bucs’ offense went quiet on Saturday afternoon, as the Mets secured a 5-1 victory.
Johan Oviedo pitched a solid game today for Pittsburgh while unfortunately being tagged with his fifth loss of the season. He gave up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings. The bullpen’s effort on Saturday, consisting of four relievers, collectively surrendered three runs on four hits.
Pittsburgh’s batters couldn’t solve Kodai Senga, who earned his sixth win of the season. He gave up one unearned run on two hits in seven innings. The Bucs’ lone run was aided in large part to a pair of Mets’ errors.
New York took the lead in the top of the third inning on a RBI single by Brandon Nimmo, scoring Tommy Pham to make it 1-0. The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a pair of miscues, including a fielding error by Jeff McNeil on a ground ball hit by Ji Hwan Bae, allowing Jack Suwinski to score.
Mark Canha hit what would end up being the game-winning double in the seventh inning. The two-bagger scored Starling Marte and Luis Guillorme to make it 3-1. A solo homerun by Francisco Alvarez in the eighth and another double by Canha in the ninth make it 5-1, which would be the final score.
After a strong showing on Friday night, the Pirates came out flat on Saturday, which now sets the stage for a rubber match at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon. Carlos Carrasco will be on the mound for New York against Mitch Keller for the Pirates.
Record vs. Mets: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. East: 3-2
Record at Home: 17-16
Overall Record: 33-30
Let’s Go Bucs!