Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Pirates 0
By Matt Ehalt
WHAT IT MEANS: Mets third baseman David Wright is the new franchise leader in hits with 1,420 after going 2-for-4 in a 6-0 win on Wednesday night. He came into the day with 1,418 hits, which tied him with former first baseman/outfielder Ed Kranepool for the team record.
Wright flew out to deep left in his first at-bat but singled in the third inning on a dribbler up the third base line to set the record with 1,419 hits. He had a wide grin after advancing to second base on a throwing error and the fans gave him a standing ovation. He also singled in the fourth and flew out to right in the sixth.
The All-Star is in just his ninth year with the Mets and surely will continue to expand his record, provided he stays with the team. Wright has a team option for next year, which is expected to be picked up, but he could then become a free agent after the 2013 season.
ONLY GOING UP: Jeremy Hefner had nowhere to go but up after he failed to record an out in his previous start, against Philadelphia.
Hefner cruised against a Pittsburgh team that offered little resistance, throwing seven innings of shutout ball. He gave up just three hits and walked one while striking out seven. The seven strikeouts tied a season-high for Hefner and marked the third time he's been able to do so. He's now 3-7 on the year and is slated to start during the final series in Miami.
FOUR RUBEN: Shortstop Ruben Tejada matched a career-high with four hits. He singled in the first, third, fourth and the sixth innings, driving in two runs and scoring two runs in the process. The only thing he did wrong was getting caught trying to steal second in the fourth. Tejada talked about wanting to finish strong and it appears he's making good on his word. He finished 4-for-5.
WHAT'S NEXT: R.A. Dickey (19-6, 2.66 ERA) will try to become the team's first 20-game winner in 22 years when he takes the ball Thursday, opposing Kevin Correia (11-10, 4.11) at 1:10 p.m. The Mets specifically changed Dickey's schedule so he could try to notch 20 wins at Citi Field in what will be the home finale.