Saturday, June 11, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Pirates 3, Mets 2
By Adam Rubin
NOW HERE’S YOU: With the undercard over as the Pirates beat the Mets, 3-2, on Saturday night, Huey Lewis & The News are due to take the field for a postgame concert before 39,273 spectators -- the third-largest crowd in PNC Park history.
Jose Veras struck out Ronny Paulino looking to strand two runners in scoring position in the eighth and preserve the one-run lead after Angel Pagan was held at third base during the preceding double by Lucas Duda. Ruben Tejada reached base three times. The Mets, bidding to reach .500 for the first time since May 20, slipped to 31-33.
I AIN’T PERFECT: Daniel Murphy, making only his second major league start at third base, could not handle Andrew McCutchen’s hard grounder to his backhand with two out in the third. The ball kicked off Murphy’s leg and into foul territory as two runs scored to break a 1-all tie. Murphy was playing third base, his primary position in the minors, so that Duda could remain in the lineup at first base with Jason Bay’s return and Justin Turner could get a game off.
The Mets did load the bases the following half-inning with one out, but R.A. Dickey grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
STUCK WITH YOU: After a two-day absence, Bay returned to the lineup and snapped an 0-for-24 rut with a bloop single to center field in the fourth inning, in his second at-bat. But an inning later, Bay left two runners in scoring position when he struck out. Bay’s drought was the longest by a Met since Tejada went 0-for-28 last summer. Bay went 1-for-4 Saturday.
I NEVER WALK ALONE: Dickey limited the Pirates to three runs on eight hits, two walks and one hit batter in a 103-pitch outing over eight innings. He lost for the second time in three starts despite pitching at least 7 2/3 innings in each of those outings.
DON’T MAKE ME DO IT: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear and remained at 25 games finished. He is on pace for 63 games finished, eight over the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
BUT IT’S ALRIGHT: Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.86 ERA) opposes Pirates right-hander Kevin Correia (8-4, 3.64) at 1:35 p.m. Sunday in Game 3 of the four-game series.