The Mets were hoping that they would be getting the version of Collin McHugh that made his MLB debut against the Rockies, but the young righty continued to struggle, not able to get through the second inning before he hit the showers. Although the Mets lost, David Wright tied Ed Kranepool’s franchise hits record, almost making him a lock to break the mark while at home.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York was immediately down 4-0 when they came to bat in the bottom of the first, but they did their best to back McHugh and keep it close. Ruben Tejada led the frame off with a single, then Justin Turner took a 3-2 fastball to the Party City Deck seats out in left center field for his second homer of the year. Wright went back-to-back with Turner, as he hit his 20th bomb of the season out to dead center. They continued their comeback attempt in the seventh, as Andres Torres doubled and scored off a Jordany Valdespin single. He stole second base before Tejada walked, then they both moved into scoring position off Daniel Murphy‘s ground out. It was Wright with another hit, this time a tw0-run single.
Pirates Offensive Highlights:
Pittsburgh made McHugh feel uncomfortable right at the start of the game, as Josh Harrison singled and Andrew McCutchen doubled to put runners on second and third. Garrett Jones walked to load the bases, then Gaby Sanchez hit a liner to center that Torres couldn’t handle, but he was able to turn it into a force out by throwing the ball to second. Pedro Alvarez capped the inning with an opposite field three-run homer to left-center field, his 30th of the season. The Bucs were back at it in the second, starting with a walk to Rod Barajas, followed by a double from Alex Presley. Wandy Rodriguez reached base after failing to sacrifice Barajas, but him and Presley both scored off Harrison’s triple. Turner couldn’t handle a ball off the bat of Jones, allowing another run to score. In the fifth, Alvarez walked with the bases loaded to plate another run, and Jones hit a two-run homer in the ninth to officially put the game out of reach.
Collin McHugh’s struggles continue, and his ERA finally shows how badly he’s doing, as it’s ballooned up to 6.75. The rookie threw 1.1 innings and allowed 7 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out nobody, before giving way to Justin Hampson, who threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, and Bobby Parnell also didn’t give up a run in their appearances, but Elvin Ramirez and Jon Rauch weren’t so lucky.
Wandy Rodriguez earned his 12th win of the season, and threw 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3. Chris Resop only threw 0.1 innings and got burned for 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk, but Jared Hughes bailed him out of the seventh. Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan both threw a scoreless inning to shut the door on the Mets.
The loss snaps the Mets’ four-game win streak, and they drop to 70-84 on the season. However, the Marlins also lost, so New York still holds a four-game lead over Miami to stay out of last place.
Probable Pitchers Wednesday:
The Amazins will look to take control of this series tonight, as Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79 ERA) is hoping to bounce back from what was the worst start of his MLB career. Clint Hurdle send Jeff Locke (0-2, 5.47 ERA) to the mound. First pitch at Citi is scheduled for 7:10pm.