At least the Pirates weren’t shut out, right? Tonight’s 6-2 loss put them 3 games below .500 once again. If Ike Davis didn’t exist, the Pirates would have won. But he does, and they didn’t.
Kyle McPherson struggled with his command a bit in his second major league start. He threw 83 pitches, just 46 of them for strikes. “My command in a couple innings was kinda shaky, off the corner a little bit,” McPherson said. He gave up a 2-run homerun to Ike Davis in the 4th to give the Mets a 2-0 lead that they never gave back. “The ball got up and elevated and, good hitter like he is, he put a good swing on it,” McPherson said. “I tried to execute a good pitcher’s pitch, and it didn’t go my way that time.” In the 5th, he walked Josh Thole to start the inning, struck out Jordany Valdespin, and gave up a single to Fred Lewis before being replaced by Hisanori Takahashi. After a flyout, Jeff Karstens came in and gave up an RBI single to David Wright and then another Ike Davis homerun to put the Mets up 6-0. McPherson pitched 4.1 innings and was tagged with the loss and 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Karstens got out of the 5th inning with a flyout and then pitched a perfect 6th. Justin Wilson and Chris Leroux each pitched a perfect inning after that.
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was also making his second start of the year. He came into tonight with a 9.00 ERA, yet the Pirates couldn’t find a way to score a run off of him. They got 4 hits and 2 walks off of Mejia, but that was it. The Pirates rallied in the 8th to score one run. Andrew McCutchen tripled with 1 out and then scored on a Garrett Jones single. Neil Walker singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, but Gaby Sanchez grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the 9th inning, Michael McKenry walked, advanced to 2nd base on defensive indifference, and scored on a Jose Tabata single. It was fitting that the final out of the game was a groundout to none other than 1st baseman Ike Davis.
The Pirates aren’t eliminated from a wild card spot yet, but it’s looking grim. At least Wandy Rodriguez (11-13, 3.76 ERA) gives the Pirates a good chance to win tomorrow. He’s been one of their better pitchers lately. He’ll face Collin McHugh (0-2, 3.86 ERA).