Written By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Charlie Morton (1-7, 3.29 ERA)
Save: Jeurys Familia (1, 2.92 ERA)
The Mets were able to get their first series win of the month of May with today’s victory over the Pirates by a score of 5-0. The month of May has not been nice to the Mets, going 9-15 and losing all six previous series and splitting the four games with the Yankees. Today, it was three players who carried the Mets to victory.
On the mound, Bartolo Colon tossed one of his strongest games of the season, throwing 7.1 scoreless innings. It did take him 121 pitches to do so, but nonetheless he did his job. He surrendered only five hits and one walk to go with a season-high nine strikeouts. This is the second consecutive strong outing for Colon that will go down in the stat sheet. Colon started the game last Friday against the Diamondbacks that was postponed until Sunday, something he and his stat line are thankful for. He also collected his 2000th career strikeout in the game, giving him the fourth most of any active players.
At the plate, David Wright and Lucas Duda tag teamed to carry the offense. Wright went 2-3 at the plate, launching his fourth home run of the season off Charlie Morton in the sixth inning. Earlier in the game, Wright also had an RBI single that knocked in Daniel Murphy, giving him his 28th and 29th RBI of the season.
Duda got the scoring started for the Mets in the second inning when he scored on Morton’s wild pitch. He also went yard in the eighth inning, his seventh of the season that also scored Curtis Granderson. On the afternoon, Duda finished 1-2 with two runs, two RBI and two walks. The rest of the Mets offense did not do much, as they mustered only six hits in the game, including one by relief pitcher Jeurys Familia, who picked up his first career hit and save in the same game.
The Pirates offense was just an anemic on the afternoon, as they were able to only get six hits as well, just not turning it into any runs like the Mets. Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen accounted for 1/3 of those hits, going 2-4 from the plate to raise his slash line to .314/.435/.463 on the season. Pedro Alvarez added two hits of his own, as Josh Harrison and Neil Walker delivered the only other Pirate hits on the afternoon.
On the mound for them, Morton continued his pitcher performances of doing just well enough to lose. Morton has good peripheral stats on the season, but has just one win, which is his only win in his last 17 starts.
Next up for the Mets is an extended series against the Philadelphia Phillies, starting with a rain makeup game Monday. Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets against David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60) for the Phillies, who will be making his second start in the big leagues after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in his debut last week.