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New York Mets Score Early, Hold on to Defeat Pittsburgh Pirates

June 28th, 2014 at 8:06 PM
By Mike Phillips

Pittsburgh-The New York Mets are one of the most proficient teams in baseball when it comes to scoring in the first inning. The Mets have scored first in a lot of games this season, but often the problem has been holding onto the lead. The Mets (37-44) scored early against the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-40) this afternoon, but were able to hold on to win 5-3.

The Mets opened the scoring in the first inning with three runs against Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole. Eric Campbell started the scoring with an RBI double to make it 1-0. Cole then uncorked a wild pitch to bring home the second run, while Kirk Nieuwenhuis made it 3-0 with an RBI single of his own. The Mets added two more in the top of the second inning when Daniel Murphy drove in two with a single. The Mets would chase Cole after four innings, who had a rough outing in his return from the disabled list. Cole (L, 6-4) allowed five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.

That lead looked good for Mets' starter Jonathon Niese, who cruised through the first three innings. Niese got himself into big trouble in the fourth inning though, allowing two hits and a walk to load the bases with one out. Niese would then walk the next two batters to bring in two Pittsburgh runs and put the tying run on first base. Niese was able to get out of that jam by striking out the next two batters. The Pirates added another run against Niese in the fifth on an RBI single from Neil Walker, but Niese was able to work out of another jam. Niese (W, 5-4) would go six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five.

The Mets were able to shut out the Pirates over the last three innings to preserve their victory. Jeurys Familia worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, while Jenrry Mejia retired the side in order in the ninth to record his eighth save of the year. 

Player of the Game:

Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' third baseman Eric Campbell. Campbell went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI on the afternoon, and was also the only Met to record more than one hit on the day.

Post Game Notes:

  • Curtis Granderson was the only Mets regular to go hitless, but he did score a run.
  • The Mets and Pirates wore Negro League uniforms for this game. The Mets represented the Brooklyn Royal Giants in blue while the Pirates represented the Pittsburgh Crawfords in white.
  • The Mets stole five bases in the game, led by Eric Young Jr's three swipes.
  • David Wright will reportedly avoid surgery on his injured left shoulder. Be sure to check back with us for the latest on his prognosis.
  • Niese allowed three earned runs or less in a start for the 20th consecutive turn, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

What's Next:

The Mets will look to salvage a split with the Pirates tomorrow afternoon in the series finale. Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch at PNC Park is scheduled for 1:35 pm.

Tags: Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Eric Campbell, Eric Young Jr, Gerrit Cole, Jenrry Mejia, Jonathon Niese, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates

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