Pedro Alvarez drove in 2 runs for the Pirates tonight, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped game one of the four-game series with the Mets, 3-2.
After a combined hitless inning and a half by both starting pitchers, Jeff Locke got himself into some trouble in the 2nd inning. John Buck singled to start off the Mets’ half of the inning, and Justin Turner followed that with another single. However, Turner’s attempt to stretch his hit into a double failed as Andrew McCutchen threw the ball quickly in to Brandon Inge and Inge tagged out Turner. Marlon Byrd followed that with a sacrifice fly to plate Buck for the Mets’ first run, putting them up 1-0. Locke gave up a walk and another hit before getting his mound opponent, Dillon Gee, to fly out and save the Pirates from further damage.
Dillon Gee’s early season troubles weren’t as apparent today. He lasted only 5 innings, but he gave up just 5 hits and 1 earned run. However, that run scored once Gee was already out of the game in the 6th inning. Gee loaded the bases with 2 singles and a HBP before being removed in favor of Brandon Lyon. Lyon faced Pedro Alvarez to start his outing and gave up a sacrifice fly that scored Andrew McCutchen and tied the game at 1. A popout and flyout ended the 6th.
Jeff Locke lasted 6 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Tony Watson came in to start the 7th inning. With 2 outs and Andrew Brown on 1st base, Watson gave up an RBI double to Ike Davis that scored Brown and put the Mets on top for a little while, 2-1.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 8th inning for the Mets. After a Russell Martin groundout, Pedro Alvarez came to bat again. Pedro crushed a 1-0 changeup to right for a solo homer, his 6th of the year, tying the score at 2. Pedro, who’s been in a slump for a while, was 2-for-3 tonight, raising his average to .182. Hopefully there’s more to come. Andrew McCutchen also had a 2-hit night, raising his average to .282.
An usual decision by Clint Hurdle brought Mark Melancon in to pitch the 8th inning of a game tied at 2. Melancon was as good as ever, giving up just 1 hit and keeping the game tied. Another uncharacteristic decision by Hurdle brought Grilli in to pitch the 9th. This inning didn’t go so smoothly.
Marlon Byrd led off with a single off of Grilli, and a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Brown moved Byrd to 2nd. That was the only out Grilli was able to get, as Mike Baxter singled up the middle to drive in Byrd and win the game in walkoff fashion. Grilli received the loss, his first of the season. He remains perfect in save opportunities.
It was a disappointing frustrating loss for the Bucs, but there are 3 games left to this series, Wandy Rodriguez pitches tomorrow, and Pedro Alvarez had a 2-hit night!
Wandy (2-2, 4.02 ERA) will face Shaun Marcum (0-2, 7.20 ERA) at 7:10pm tomorrow.