Pirates 13 Mets 1
OK, so, I watch Xavier Nady lead off the second with a walk, I go to the kitchen to fix a sandwich and a glass of Ovaltine, I come back to the TV and it’s 7-zip. I shake my head, consider dumping the Ovaltine for tall glass of vodka, but decide instead to go forth with the original plan and hope for the best. After all, just because the Mets have completely demolished any possibility for productivity so early in the day, doesn’t mean I should do the same.
Nelson Figueroa came on in the second inning and pitched three decent innings, but the game got uglier in the sixth, when Jorge Sosa gave up another five runs (one earned). Like Ollie, Sosa was victimized by errors, but, again, he also didn’t do much to “pick up” his teammates, allowing four hits — three of them doubles.
The lone run scored by the Mets came on an RBI double by April’s MVP Ryan Church in the bottom of the sixth.
Oliver Perez’s line: 1.2 IP | 2 H | 5 BB | 2 K | 2 ER | 7 R
Angel Pagan struggled with the wind and sun in leftfield all day. He was charged with only one error but it appeared as though he
In reality Ollie was lucky to be charged with only two earned runs. Yes, Luis Castillo made a key error early in the inning, then later flubbed a rundown, but Perez did nothing at all to stop the bleeding. Five walks in less than two innings is inexcusable.
Aaron Heilman threw two perfect innings. Hallelujah.
Church and Carlos Delgado collected the two Mets hits on the day. The Pirates pitchers did, however, walk nine Mets.
Thankfully, the Mets are granted mercy tomorrow, given the day off to think about this awful game and to travel to Arizona. Next game is in Phoenix on Friday at 9:40 PM EST against the Diamondbacks. John Maine faces Micah Owings.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.