Final: Mets 7, Pirates 0
WP: Chris Capuano (5-6)
LP: Kevin Correia (8-5)
Kevin Correia retired the first 14 batters he faced in this one. But in the 7th inning, things got a little weird.
With 1 out and runners on the corners, Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield. However, the runner on 1st had touched 2nd, gone past it, and never retouched it before going back to 1st base. He was called out on the appeal at 2nd. This seemed to be the turning point. They took the run off the scoreboard and it was still a 0-0 game. Rules state that if a player is out on a force out, and it is the 3rd out, no preceding runner can score. Apparently, that didn’t count as a force out, so the umpires rewarded the Mets the run.
Things then looked to be ok starting off the bottom of the 7th when Lyle Overbay led off by hitting a fly ball to the center field fence in which replay really couldn’t show if it was trapped by Mets’ CF Angel Pagan or not. The umpires ruled Overbay out due to a catch. That led to Clint Hurdle getting tossed simultaneously by two umpires (you know he must have said a no-no word).
In the 8th inning, all hell broke loose as the Mets added 4 more runs and would even add 2 more in the 9th.
Matt Diaz was ejected for arguing with the umpire from the dugout in the 9th inning while Andrew McCutchen was at the plate. This was just an ugly one.
McCutchen was basically the only bright spot as he did extend his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2 for 3 performance.
The Bucs will go for the split tomorrow against the Mets at 7:05. Paul Maholm will be on the hill hoping for some more run support