The Mets seemed to be in-line for a productive series against the Pirates after handling the Pirates in Game 1. However, the Mets winning ways began and ended soon after Dillon Gee‘s fifth win. The offense couldn’t figure out Pirates starter James McDonald in Game 2, and wasted a sensational ten-strikeout performance by R.A. Dickey. Game 3 appeared to be headed towards a “W” until the seventh inning. Chris Capuano, who had shut-out the Pirates through six innings, allowed a whopping five earned-runs in the seventh (thanks, in part, to an arguable blown call, two error-worthy miscues, and a poor relief effort). Game 4 didn’t look much better, as the Pirates scored seven runs in the first three innings. And then the Mets came roaring back. Carlos Beltran and Ruben Tejada led the offensive charge, knocking-in a whopping seven RBI. The New York Mets are now standing-in at 26-30 on the season.
METS GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Mets Win, 7-3):
- Dillon Gee pitched seven innings, giving-up just five hits, three earned-run, no walks, all while striking-out eight batters. Gee improved to 5-0 with the win.
- Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth, even though it was not a save situation. Remember, if K-Rod just finishes 55 games, his $17.5 million option will automatically become guaranteed. He is currently on-pace to finish 61 games.
- Justin Turner, Carlos Beltran, Dan Murphy, Angel Pagan, and Ruben Tejada all had multi-hit games.
- Thole has collected seven RBI over his past four games.
- Willie Harris, who played third base and subbed for Jose Reyes in the lead-off spot, was the only Mets hitter (besides Dillon Gee) to not record a hit.
METS GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Pirates Win, 5-1):
- 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.
METS GAME 3 HIGHLIGHTS (Pirates Win, 9-3):
- Chris Capuano gave-up eight hits, five earned-runs, one walk, while striking-out two batters in six innings. All of his run were allowed in the seventh inning (he did not record an out).
- Pedro Beato surrendered three earned-runs off three hits and one walk in one very ineffective total inning. Since coming off the disabled list, Beato has posted a dismal 12.15 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, and 1.00 K/BB. While his recent string of lackluster performances certainly merits a demotion, the Rule 5 pick would have to be offered back to the Baltimore Orioles first–a situation the Mets might not want to do.
- Dale Thayer quietly pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no runs.
- Angel Pagan made a key missed-catch, a play that would have surely been ruled an error if the Mets had not been playing at home. Pagan singled, drew a walk, and was also caught-stealing.
- Justin Turner hit his second homerun of the season.
- Carlos Beltran went 2-4 with a double, and run-scored, but also bobbled a groundball, which resulted in a Pirate run.
- Dan Murphy started a first base, and went 2-4 with two singles, and a run-scored.
- Ruben Tejada collected two RBI off a single. He went 2-4.
METS GAME 4 HIGHLIGHTS (Mets Win, 9-8):
- Carlos Beltran provided most of the Mets offense, with a double and three-run homerun. He finished the day with four total RBI.
- Ruben Tejada was a surprise source of RBI, driving-in three runners on a single.
- Mike Pelfrey pitched five innings, giving-up ten hits, seven earned-runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision (thanks to the Mets offense).
- Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, and Jason Isringhausen combined for three scoreless innings.
- Jason Isringhausen was handed the win, and it was his first as a Met since 1999.
- Francisco Rodriguez notched his sixteenth save, but he did surrender two hits and an earned-run in the process.