It’s the first game since I took over the recap writing duties on this fine blog that I’ve had to write about the loss. I’ll wait while all of you thank me for preventing the collapse.
A loss today seemed rather foreseeable though. Gerrit Cole is certainly no slouch but it’s never good when one of your All-Star representatives is held out due to injury. Pile that on top of the fact that the Pirates were facing Dillon Gee who has owned the Bucs in his career and it all equals a loss.
Cole came out of the gate struggling and the team never recovered. He gave up four hits and a walk in a 30 pitch first inning which resulted in three runs. Marlon Byrd and John Buck drove in the runs for the Mets. Cole rebounded and didn’t give up anything else over his five innings of work but it was far from his best performance. That was all the Mets would need. Starling Marte drove in Cole in the third but a Daniel Murphy triple off of Jeanmar Gomez in the seventh pushed the lead back to three. The Pirates threatened to score a handful of times but their complete ineptitude with runners in scoring position struck again.
Player of the Game: Dillon Gee
It makes no sense. The Pirates are really good for making below average pitchers look like Cy Young but they don’t typically have one of these guys make a career out of it. Gee has absolutely dominated the Pirates throughout his career.
It was more of the same today. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and only allowed one unearned run that would have never happened if he just paid attention. He rushed a play on a swinging bunt by Cole that did not need rushed and it resulted in a run. Hopefully some AL team makes a trade for him and we’ll never have to see this guy again.
Play of the Game: Starling Marte
The play of the game goes to Marte and it’s not for anything good. Sure, without Marte the Pirates might not score at all today but he blew a huge chance to make this game interesting in the seventh inning. The Mets had just extended the lead in the top of the inning and Gee got two quick outs to start the bottom of the inning. A double from Clint Barmes and a pinch hit walk from Travis Snider brought Marte to the plate representing the tying run. It also chased Gee from the game. Scott Atchison took over and the at bat ended with Marte looking at a curve ball right down the middle of the plate for strike three.
Marte does strike out a ton but to not even take a hack at a ball right down the middle in that situation is pretty inexcusable.
Up Next: All-Star break
It’s time for a few days off for most of the Pirates. However, they will be represented rather well at the All-Star game. Mark Melancon just found out today that he will be attending the festivities in New York. The Pirates will have a big series right out of the break. They will be heading to Great American Ballpark to take on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.