Final: Pirates 3, Mets 1
WP: Paul Maholm (3-7)
LP: Mike Pelfrey (3-5)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (17)
The Pirates grabbed an early lead thanks to a leadoff single by Tabata to lead off the 1st. Then, on a gift call from 2nd base umpire Jerry Lane, Tabata was awarded 3rd base on a single by Xavier Paul due to “obstruction” from Jose Reyes. Tabata had been gunned by 2 steps at third base on a terrible base running decision, but was bailed out thanks to an awful call. Neil Walker would then single him in with a line drive to center field. The Pirates could not add on there, but in the end that wouldn’t matter.
Brandon Wood extended the Pirates’ lead to 2-0 when he hit a solo homer, his 2nd of the season, in the 5th inning.
Paul Maholm was spectacular as he tossed 7 shutout innings where he gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks. He lowered his season ERA to 3.12 and is in the midst of his best season of his career, despite just the 3 wins. He truly has pitched well, and is getting his way towards the Bucs picking up his $9.75 million option for next season. If not that, then he is putting the Pirates in a very good position come the trade deadline.
Jose Veras came on in the 8th and collapsed yet again with a leadoff walk, which was followed by a single. Tim Wood would relieve him and get Jose Veras to hit into a sacrifice fly double play (it was a weird series) and the 3rd out to keep the Bucs up 2-1.
The Pirates would then load up the bases in the 8th thanks to singles by Ronny Cedeno, Andrew McCutchen, and Jose Tabata. Neil Walker pushed in Cedeno with an RBI walk to add some insurance. McCutchen’s single was in his only AB of the game and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Joel Hanrahan would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 9th inning to pick up his 17th save in as many chances.
The Bucs finished up the 10-game home stand 6-4 and raised their season record to 32-33. They will now hit the road and face the last place Houston Astros in a 3-game series before heading into Cleveland for a weekend series of interleague play.