Game 2 Recap: Pirates Fight Back Against Mets, Win 5-1

The surging James McDonald was too much for the Mets offense in the loss last night. McDonald pitched six dominant innings, giving-up just six hits, one earned-run, two walks, while striking-out five batters. In fact, the Mets only had one extra-base hit (an Angel Pagan double). Loss aside, the Mets did receive a very promising outing from R.A. Dickey, who somehow channeled his 2010-self. Dickey hurled 7.6 innings, giving-up five hits, three earned-runs, two walks, and a whopping ten strikeouts. The knuckleballer was saddled with his sixth loss of 2011, but this one was hardly deserved.

METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • R.A. Dickey pitched 7.6 innings, giving-up five hits, three earned-runs, two walks, while sitting down ten batters. The ten strikeouts were the most Dickey has ever recorded in a single game (spanning back to 2001).
  • Bobby Parnell‘s return was a forgettable one. The reliever notched two outs, but also surrendered two hits, two [un-earned] runs, one walk, and one strikeout.
  • Angel Pagan batted leadoff, and looked the part. The centerfielder went 2-4 with a double and a run-scored.
  • Former Pirate Jason Bay smacked a single and swiped a stolen base (his fourth of 2011).
  • Dan Murphy, who made his first Major League start at third base, went 2-4.
  • The usually defensively-steady Ruben Tejada made a key throwing error in the top-of-the-ninth, which eventually led to two runs touching home-plate.
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