The Mets’ offense had been frustrated as of late, and unfortunately for Pirates’ starter Jeff Locke they took all of their frustrations out on him in an 11-2 victory.
The scoring started early when cleanup hitter Wilmer Flores hit a weak grounder up the first base line to bring home Curtis Granderson. That was a doubly productive out since two other runners moved into scoring position.
Unfortunately it is these types of situations the Mets have been brutal in and it seemed like they would let another golden opportunity to tack on runs go to waste. Kelly Johnson popped up and was unable to get the runner home from third. Thankfully for him, the Mets, and their fans Matt Reynolds came through with a two-out double to give them a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Kelly Johnson later made up for his mistake by belting a long home run to right in the third.
Flores again took advantage of an RBI situation in the fifth when he blooped a single to right to bring in the Mets’ fifth run. That hit drove starter Jeff Locke from the game but the Pirates’ bullpen did not fare much better.
Arquimedes Caminero was brought in to face Johnson and Johnson greeted him with a run-scoring single to left. Rene Rivera then joined the hit parade when he drove in the Mets’ third run of the inning to give them a 7-0 lead in the fifth.
Flores’s first two RBIs came on balls that weren’t hit very hard, but there was no doubt about hit next two RBIs when he crushed a two-run home run in the sixth.
The Mets scored their 11th run in the eighth when Rivera drove in Reynolds with two outs.
Sure the offense was nice, but the unquestioned star of the night was Noah Syndergaard, who pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career and chants of “Noah” were coming from the Citi Field faithful.
Here is Thor baffling a deep Pirates lineup with 11 strikeouts in a lightning-quick eleven seconds.
Unfortunately, he was unable to secure the shutout when David Freese put the Pirates on the board with an RBI double.
Jeurys Familia came in to finish the inning, but the Pirates were able to score their second run when Wilmer committed a throwing error after making a nice diving stop at third.
Overall manager Terry Collins was very pleased after the game.
Thor speaks! Here is what the man himself had to say about his performance along with what Rivera saw from his point of view.