May 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) bats against the New York Mets during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Mets Vs. Pirates: Bucs Offense Flops Yet Again In 3-1 Loss

The Pirates lost two of three against the Mets.

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Mets Vs. Pirates: Bucs Offense Flails Yet Again In 3-1 Loss

The Pirates lost their season finale 3-1 against the New York Mets Wednesday, as the Bucs’ awful offense flailed its way through yet another game.

At some point during the game, the Mets’ announcers pointed out that Pirates hitters have over four times the number of strikeouts as walks this season, and if the Pirates were to continue that pace, it would be the first time in modern history that’s happened. Sometimes one stat says it all — on Wednesday, the Pirates struck out eight times and walked twice, and generally looked awful in their at-bats.

It’s only fair to point out here that the Pirates’ pitchers struck out five batters and walked one. Jason Grilli continued his run of dominant pitching by striking out the side in the eighth.

Unfortunately, the Pirates were already behind by that point, as the Mets scored one in the first on an RBI single by Lucas Duda and two in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and an RBI double by David Wright. Starter Charlie Morton finished with three runs and one strikeout in seven innings.

Andrew McCutchen drove in the Pirates’ only run in the sixth on an RBI single, but struck out with two outs and men on second and third in the eighth.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there’s Amazin’ Avenue.

Mets Vs. Pirates Lineups: Josh Harrison, Gorkys Hernandez Start In Outfield Against Jon Niese

Jon Niese faces Charlie Morton as the Pirates try to defeat the Mets in the rubber match of their series. Here’s the Mets’ lineup:

Mike Baxter LF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda RF
Daniel Murphy 2B
Ike Davis 1B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Rob Johnson C
Jon Niese P

And here’s the Pirates’:

Josh Harrison RF
Gorkys Hernandez LF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Casey McGehee 1B
Rod Barajas C
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Charlie Morton P

This certainly isn’t a lineup that looks particularly scary on paper, but Harrison and Barajas have been the Pirates’ best hitters recently, along with McCutchen. (Long-term, though, or even medium-term, the Pirates must come up with a better solution to the outfield vacancy left by Alex Presley than to start Harrison there.) Newcomer Gorkys Hernandez gets a start in the outfield. Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones sit against the lefty Niese.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there’s Amazin’ Avenue.


Mets Vs. Pirates Recap: James McDonald Strong Again, But Bucs Lose 3-2

The New York Mets came back on Tuesday to take the second game of their series against the Pirates. The Bucs' offense exploded for five runs on Monday night to erase a four-run deficit and take the series opener, but the lineup went quiet against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Mets' starter struck out 11 Bucs hitters in seven innings of work. Andrew McCutchen knocked in both runs on a sac fly and single.

James McDonald, who was coming off that dazzling 6 inning stretch in Washington where he mowed down the Nationals lineup, continued his strong season with another eight-strikeout performance. He allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings of work. But with the McDonald out of the game and Juan Cruz on in relief, it all came apart for the Bucs in the 8th. Lucas Duda singled home Michael Baxter, who led off the inning with a double, to put the Mets back in front 2-1. The decisive run, however, would come two batters later when Pedro Alvarez committed an error at third base which allowed Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score.

The Bucs would get a run in the bottom of the inning but McCutchen was stranded on second as the tying run when Alvarez struck out to end the inning. The decisive Game 3 will be a matinee on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. Charlie Morton will face Jonathon Niese.

For more on the Pirates, there's Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there's Amazin' Avenue.


Pirates Vs. Mets Lineup: Pittsburgh Sends James McDonald To The Mound Against New York

The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping that they can stave off David Wright as they send James McDonald to the hill against the Mets on Tuesday night.

The Pirates have Andrew McCutchen batting third in the order on Tuesday. McCutchen is hitting .394 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 games at PNC Park against the Mets. We'll see if knuckleballer R.A. Dickey can slow that pace.

McDonald will be the starter on Tuesday for Pittsburgh, coming off a win against the Washington Nationals on May 17 in which he went five and two-thirds innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out 11 batters.

For more on the Pirates, there's Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there's Amazin' Avenue.


Mets Vs. Pirates: James McDonald Looks To Continue Dominance On The Mound

James McDonald faces off against R.A. Dickey in game two of the three-game series between Pittsburgh and New York.


Mets Vs. Pirates Recap: Bucs Reel Off 5 Unanswered Runs For Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned home after a rough series at the plate in Detroit and took the first of a three-game set against the Mets on Monday night. The Bucs fell behind early by four runs but the offense reeled off five unanswered to secure the 5-4 victory. Erik Bedard gave up all four earned runs in a rocky second inning that included two walks and four hits. But that's all the Mets would get as Bedard and the bullpen kept it within reason and allowed the offense to comeback. The pen allowed only two hits in four innings of work.

It started in the the bottom of the fourth with a Josh Harrison leadoff double. Andrew McCutchen promptly brought him home with a double of his own to deep left. Pedro Alvarez then made it three extra-base hits in a row, knocking in McCutchen with a double to right. The inning ended in disappointing fashion, however, as the Bucs failed to capitalize on a walk and an error when Michael McKenry hit into a bases-loaded inning-ending double play.

With the deficit cut in half, McKenry would quickly atone for the double-play ball with a game-tying two-run shot to left centerfield off Johan Santana. The Bucs would take the lead in the 8th after an error by Kirk Nieuwenhuis put Neil Walker on third base. Clint Barmes would take advantage of the error and bring home Walker on a sacrifice fly to right for the game-winner.

Joel Hanrahan slammed the door for his 10th save of the season. The Bucs will go for the series win on Tuesday night with James McDonald on the mound. McDonald is coming off a dazzling strikeout performance against the Nationals. The knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey will go for the Mets.

For more on the Pirates, there's Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there's Amazin' Avenue.


Pirates Trade Drew Sutton To Rays, Hours After Acquiring Him

Less than a day after acquiring utility infielder Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations, the Pittsburgh Pirates shipped him off to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to named later. Sutton is expected to be active for the Rays on Monday night.

The Pirates had Sutton ticketed for the minor leagues. In 178 Major League plate appearances, Sutton was hitting .258/.322/.403. In 37 games with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, Gwinnett, Sutton had a slash line of .267/.373/.363 this year.

Sutton played in 31 games for the Red Sox last season, hitting .315 during that stretch. He has also spent time with the Reds and Indians.

Pittsburgh's need of a utility infielder was not significant just 11 days after the team acquired Jeff Larish from Boston. Larish, 29, is a light-hitting corner infielder who has not seen any Major League playing time since 2010.

The Pirates open a three game series against the New York Mets on Monday.

For more on the Pirates, there's Bucs Dugout.


Pirates Vs. Mets: Erik Bedard Could Use A Little Help

The Pittsburgh Pirates kick off a three-game set at home against the New York Mets on Monday.

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