Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Vic Black (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Jeanmar Gomez (0-2, 4.78 ERA)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (4, 4.05 ERA)
It was a long game, taking nearly four hours to complete, and the Mets were able to outlast the Pirates, winning 4-2. It was a small but mighty crowd tonight, and the fans were rewarded with seeing the Mets take home the victory.
Juan Lagares was once again a main catalyst for the Mets tonight, as he looks like he never wants to sit on the bench for an extended period of time ever again. Lagares registered the game-winning hit tonight with an RBI single in the sixth inning that scored Ruben Tejada. He added a double in the fourth inning that stretched the original Mets lead to 2-0. He finished the game 2-5 with one run and two RBI as he continues to give the Mets solid production atop their lineup.
The Mets were able to only scratch out five other hits in the game, with Daniel Murphy and Tejada each getting two and Bobby Abreu getting the last knock. Tejada was strong once again at the plate and in the field, as he has played well with every opportunity that has been given to him since Wilmer Flores was called up. Tonight Tejada went 2-2 from the plate with two walks, scoring twice and even swiping a base. Gary and Ron also pointed out in the booth that this is the best Tejada has looked all season, and maybe in his career, throwing the ball at shortstop as well.
On the mound, both starting pitchers, Edinson Volquez for the Pirates and Jon Niese for the Mets, labored through their appearances tonight. Volquez needed 106 pitches to get through five innings, allowing four hits and five walks that turned into two earned runs to go with six strikeouts. The 106 pitches and six strikeouts were both season highs for Volquez.
Niese was rolling along until the sixth inning, where he surrendered both of his runs. Niese issued three of his four walks in the inning to Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin before Starling Marte knocked in two runs with a single. Niese was relieved after that in favor of Vic Black, finishing the night with 5.2 innings pitched, three hits and four walks allowed, the two runs and two strikeouts. Like Volquez, he did not factor into the decision.
With so many options unavailable in the bullpen, it was disappointing that Niese was unable to go deeper in the game, but he was picked up by Black and Jenrry Mejia. Black finished off the sixth inning and tossed a scoreless seventh for his first action with the Mets big league club after Jose Valverde was released.
Mejia continues to show that a move to the bullpen was smart not only for him, but the Mets as well. He converted his fourth save of the season, tossing a shutout eighth and ninth inning. Mejia is a weapon for the Mets to use, as unlike many other relievers he should be able to give them more than an inning when needed from his experience as a starter. Mejia also ran his streak to 9.1 innings without giving up an earned run since being moved into the bullpen.
The Mets and Pirates will play the rubber match of their series Wednesday in a 1:10 PM matinee. Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets against Charlie Morton (1-6, 3.29 ERA) for the Pirates.