Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Pirates 0
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: Jason Bay broke up Kevin Correia’s early perfect-game bid with a two-out single in the fifth. Bay then delivered a sacrifice fly two innings later for his first RBI this month, which scored Daniel Murphy with the game’s opening run. After a four-run eighth that included six straight two-out hits, the Mets beat the Pirates, 7-0, at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.
OOPS: The seventh inning actually ended on Bay’s fly ball. Angel Pagan, who began the play at first base, had rounded second base while the ball was in the air. While retreating to first base after the catch, Pagan failed to retouch second base and was ruled out, for the inning’s final out. By rule, the run counted.
Jay Payton was involved in a near-identical gaffe for the Mets on April 24, 2002. On Vance Wilson’s fly ball to right field against the St. Louis Cardinals, Payton also never touched second while returning to his original base.
The Pirates, bidding to reach .500 in the month of June for the first time since 1999, instead slipped two games under breakeven.
EAGLE EYES: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the bottom of the seventh with the score 1-0 after umpires ruled Pagan made a leaping catch at the wall in center field to retire Lyle Overbay. Replays suggested the baseball may have grazed the wall and ricocheted back into Pagan’s glove. Hurdle actually was tossed by two umpires -- Jerry Layne and then Bob Davidson -- within seconds of each other.
As an aside, someone with the Pirates must have thought Overbay’s shot cleared the wall, because fireworks were discharged, as is the case after homers.
CAPPER: Unlike Correia, Chris Capuano did not have no-hit drama in his outing. Capuano allowed a two-out single to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning. But Capuano ended up with the scoreless effort. He blanked the Pirates for seven innings, allowing three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out five.
Capuano used double-play balls to escape situations in consecutive innings -- in the third after plunking Jose Tabata, and in the fourth after walking McCutchen and Overbay.
MULTI-THREAT: Jose Reyes had his major league-leading 33rd multi-hit game, which included a ninth-inning solo homer. The performance came in his 62nd game of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last major leaguer to finish a season having played at least 100 games, and with a multi-hit game in more than half of those games, was Joe Medwick in 1937 with the St. Louis Cardinals (80 multi-hit games in 156 games). Ichiro Suzuki finished at exactly half in 2009 -- 73 times in 146 games.
TURNER CLASSIC: After a day off to get a breather, Justin Turner returned to third base and the No. 2 hole and contributed an RBI double in the eighth as the Mets took a 2-0 lead.
IN A PINCH: Carlos Beltran had a two-run single and Pagan had an RBI single in what became a four-run eighth. Beltran was replaced as a pinch-runner by Jason Pridie -- the second time in the series Pridie has subbed for Beltran late to limit wear and tear on Beltran’s knees.
HAIR-RAISING: Scott Hairston had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, in his first plate appearance in 10 days. Hairston’s other long ball this season came April 14 against Colorado’s Huston Street.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear and remained at 25 games finished. He is on pace for 62 games finished, seven over the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.35) opposes left-hander Paul Maholm (2-7, 3.39) in Monday’s finale to the four-game series.