In a season where so much has gone wrong, a lot went right in the Mets’ 12-6 victory over the Pirates. This triumph was the Mets’ third win in a row, after taking the final two games of the series against the Padres. For the Pirates, it’s their second loss in a row following the end of their 11-game winning streak.
The Mets wasted no time in getting going against Nick Kingham, scoring twice before the top of the first inning ended. Following a two-out double from the streaking Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores drove a Kingham changeup to the same section that David Wright sent his 2006 All-Star Game home run. The Mets put men on first and second right after that, but newly-promoted Jeff McNeil grounded out to end the top half. Unfortunately, the Pirates were quick to respond with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. After Steven Matz walked Gregory Polanco, David Freese sent his sixth dinger of the year over the wall to tie things up.
That tie didn’t last for long as the Mets put themselves back ahead in the top of the second inning. Devin Mesoraco walked to lead off the inning and Asdrubal Cabrera brought him home with a two-out double into right field.
After a quiet bottom half from the Buccos, the Mets got back to work against Kingham in the top of the third. Wilmer Flores walked to start things off and Brandon Nimmo wasted no time, bringing him to third base on a double. An intentional walk to McNeil loaded the bases for Devin Mesoraco who brought Flores home on a sacrifice fly to center. This time, the Pirates weren’t going to let the Mets score any unanswered runs. Jordan Luplow lined a single and former future Met Josh Harrison deposited Matz’s curve into the left field seats. Matz was able to wiggle out of trouble, getting Francisco Cervelli to ground out following a walk and a Jeff McNeil error.
From the end of the third inning on, Matz didn’t allow a single Pirates runner to reach base. For the day, Matz’s performance is complicated to explain. He went six innings, striking out nine and allowed four runs to score on three hits. All four runs came from David Freese and Josh Harrison’s two-run home runs. The start may have been rocky, but the back half was a refreshing way to end things for the lefty.
The Mets obviously didn’t appreciate the Pirates evening things back up and quickly put an end to that in the fourth. Amed Rosario singled and Asdrubal Cabrera brought him in with his 18th home run on the season. But things didn’t stop there as a display of bad fundies by the Pirates allowed Conforto to reach base and a pair of walks to Nimmo and McNeil loaded the bases for Mesoraco. Mesoraco was not able to bring multiple runs home, but he was able to induce an error from Freese as the third baseman opted not to step on third base and brought Josh Bell off of first base with his throw. Brandon Nimmo was able to score, but Jose Bautista was tagged out after the recovery at first base.
After the tumultuous four innings, both teams were shut down until the seventh inning came along. A barrage of singles from Jeff McNeil, Devin Mesoraco, and Amed Rosario helped bring the Mets’ eighth run across the dish, and a wild pitch by Richard Rodriguez delivered the ninth. This inning the Pirates also realized that there were runs to be scored as Paul Sewald entered the game in relief of Steven Matz. A double by Adam Frazier was followed by a Jordan Luplow triple to bring the score to 10-5. A Josh Harrison strikeout ended the inning before any more damage could be done.
Of course, the Mets had to respond with a run of their own the in the top of the next inning. A Jose Bautista double and Jeff McNeil getting hit by a pitch set things up for Devin Mesoraco who advanced Bautista on a fly ball to left. Mets Legend Matt den Dekker recorded the first RBI of his return tour on a sacrifice fly to bring Jose Bautista around to score. The Mets struck again in the ninth in similar fashion as Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to lead things off and advanced to third on another wild pitch, this time from Michael Feliz. A sacrifice fly from Wilmer Flores granted the Mets their 12th run of the night.
Drew Smith made his first appearance made his first appearance since June 29th to close the game. After getting two quick pop outs, Jordy Mercer laced a double to center field and Adam Frazier responded with a double of his own to drive in a run. Before things got too hairy, Smith induced a grounder from Jordan Luplow to seal the Mets’ 12-6 victory.
The Mets hope to take their fourth game in a row on Friday as Jason Vargas takes on Ivan Nova at 7:05.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Asdrubal Cabrera +29.5% WPA, Wilmer Flores +19.0% WPA, Devin Mesoraco +11.1% WPA, Brandon Nimmo +11.0% WPA
Big losers: Steven Matz -11.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Asdrubal Cabrera’s fourth inning home run, +18.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Josh Harrison’s third inning home run, -20.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -10.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: +60.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Devin Mesoraco (Thanks to David Freese’s error)