Today at Citi Field, the Mets dropped the finale of a four game set to Pittsburgh by the score of 3-2.
Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets and was clearly without his best stuff. Still, the only runs he gave up came in the third inning. After the Mets had taken a 1-0 lead on a Lucas Duda solo homer, Harvey allowed a leadoff homer to Clint Barmesin the bottom of the frame as the Pirates knotted the score at 1. After recording the first out, the next three batters reached base. Harvey issued two walks around a soft single through the vacated hole at shortstop to set up a bases loaded, none out situation. He bared down from there, though, giving up a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1 Pirates before escaping the inning.
After the third, Harvey settled in and gave up only two hits the rest of the way. The score remained 2-1 Pittsburgh until the 7th, when Mike Baxter drove in John Buck with an RBI single. The Mets had a chance to take the lead with Justin Turner at the plate but failed to capitalize.
Scott Rice came in to record the first out of the eighth, and was curiously left in to face Andrew McCutchen with Brandon Lyon ready in the pen. Rice walked McCutchen, and he came around to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run later in the frame when Bobby Parnell allowed a flare hit to left with two outs.
The Mets had a golden opportunity in their half of the eighth. With runners on first and third and one out, Ike Davis struck out swinging before Lucas Duda hit a ball that caromed off the first base bag and bounced right to Clint Barmes who fired to first for the out. It was incredibly bad luck for the Mets, and their last real chance of the afternoon as they ultimately fell 3-2.
- Matt Harvey (no decision) got the start for the Mets and was strong despite lacking command and not having his best stuff. He allowed 2 runs (both earned) in 7 innings, while allowing 5 hits and striking out 4. He walked 2 and hit a batter. His ERA for the year stands at 1.44.
- Mike Baxter continues to come through in the clutch. He delivered a game tying single in the 7th.
- Ike Davis looked lost at the plate during his at bat in the 8th inning. His cut at the pitch he struck out on was one of the ugliest he’s taken all year.
- Bobby Parnell was summoned to get the final out in the eighth inning and pitched the ninth as well. He tossed 30 pitches.
Another tremendous effort from Harvey that results in a no-decision. Another strange bullpen move from Terry Collins (allowing Rice to pitch to McCutchen), and another lethargic performance by the offense. It’s nearly impossible to win when you have no margin for error, and that’s the unenviable position the Mets are in at the moment.
The Mets travel to St. Louis tomorrow for the first of a four game set against the Cardinals at 7 PM. Jeremy Hefner gets the start for New York.