Final: Pirates 5, Mets 4
I missed the start of this game, and according to reports, I’m glad I did. Once I heard the words “bunt,” “Neil Walker,” “no outs,” and “Pedro Alvarez on 2nd,” I decided it was best I wasn’t around to witness that.
But anyways, kudos to Erik Bedard in this game, who gave up four runs in the 2nd inning of this game, but shut down the Mets in the next three innings to keep the Pirates within striking distance.
The Bucs cut away at the lead with back-to-back-to-back doubles by Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez to make it 4-2 and Michael McKenry tied things up in the 7th with a 2-run homer to left center.
In the 8th, Neil Walker hit a lazy fly ball to left center field that was dropped in what was probably the worst play by a non-Pirates player I’ve ever seen. So Walker ended up at third base in a tie game with no outs. Clint Barmes hit a sacrifice fly to right field that if it was literally one foot shallower would have resulted in Walker getting gunned down at the plate.
Joel Hanrahan shut the door in the 9th and the Pirates are now 20-22.
Gorkys Hernandez pinch-hit for Erik Bedard in the 5th inning and struck out. It was his first ever ML at-bat and his ML debut. It probably could have gone better.
Casey McGehee was 0 for 4 and is now 1 for his last 26. He is hitting .189 and has yet to hit his first home run after hitting 52 over the past three seasons.
Ronny Cedeno slid head first into first base on a ground out. It was just like old times. Stay Thirsty.