Found July 15, 2013 on
New York Mets
Gerrit Cole kept the Mets to just three runs — but the rough 1st inning stayed with him. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
All you need to take away from the Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in their final game before the All-Star Break is up in that headline.
Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and three runs in the 1st inning. Eric Young and David Wright knocked two fastballs for ground-ball singles, followed by Marlon Byrd mashing Cole’s slider for an RBI ground-rule double to left. Cole walked Josh Satin to load the bases. One batter later, the rookie pitcher couldn’t finish John Buck on a two-strike count and the Mets catcher lined a 99-mph fastball for a two-run single. Three of those four hits came after Cole got ahead on 1-2 counts.
“The bottom line is they came out more ready than I did in the first inning,” Cole said. “It’s inexcusable.”
Cole powered through the next four innings as he entered “survival mode,” allowing only three more Mets baserunners the rest of his start. The flame-throwing starter struck out five batters and once again gave up three runs or fewer, as he has in all seven outings. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knows, though, that Cole needs to produce better opening acts.
“We’re not going to overthink this thing or overcook it: his command wasn’t what it needs to be to come in and set the tone of the game,” Hurdle said.
Nine Runners Stranded
Meanwhile, the Pirates offense failed to produce much against New York starter Dillon Gee. The Bucs were held hitless until Gerrit Cole reached on a dribbling infield single and moved to second base on Gee’s misfired throw. Starling Marte followed by knocking a ground-rule double to score Cole. Gee scattered three more hits the rest of the way until he was removed in the 7th inning holding a 4-1 lead.
Starling Marte collected two hits early, but did not produce in the important late situations. (Photo by: David Hague)
Marte got a chance to tie the game as the first batter up after Gee allowed a double to Clint Barmes and walked Travis Snider before his exit. But reliever Scott Atchison froze the normally-free-swinging Marte with a slider to end the inning and strand the two runners.
Try again in the 8th versus 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins. Jordy Mercer singled and Andrew McCutchen doubled to lead off the inning. Pedro Alvarez struck out looking at Hawkins’ 95-mph fastball. Jose Tabata hit a grounder to the right side for the second out, though Mercer scored. Potential go-ahead run Garrett Jones flew out to waste another opportunity.
Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro pitched scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th to give the Bucs one more chance. Barmes and Russell Martin lined back-to-back one-out singles off closer Bobby Parnell. Marte could not convert his second chance to turn the game and flew out to center. Mercer then flew out to cinch the loss and send the Pirates to their four-day break having gone 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Finishing off the Half
Pittsburgh enters the All-Star Break owning an impressive 56 wins and the National League’s second-best record, but the team knows there is work to do.
“We’re pleased. We’re not satisfied,” Hurdle said. “There’s not a man in there that’s satisfied… I’ve told 20 of them to go unplug, get away. Don’t put the baseball cap back on until they get on that plane to head to Cincinnati.”
The other five will head to the All-Star Game, the most Pirates representatives since 1972. When the Bucs “reboot” on Friday against the division rival Reds, they must be prepared for a gauntlet of 18 games in 17 days, including 12 against winning teams.
BEST OF MAXIM
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
Last night I wrote about how Gregory Polanco should be untouchable. Today I broke down the trade values of Alex Rios and Nate Schierholtz, and noted that Nick Kingham would be fair value for Rios and cash, but that I wouldn’t trade Kingham.
I get asked a lot of questions about which prospects I would trade. I don’t really like that question because the answer is dependent on...
Mark Melancon has been one of the NL’s best relief pitchers in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)
Pirates reliever Mark Melancon will be named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement. Major League Baseball’s announcement will come later Sunday after Melancon was chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy.
Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA in his first Pittsburgh...
Luis Heredia is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season tonight, coming off a rain-shortened game last time out. The GCL Pirates and both Dominican League affiliates were off yesterday. All three resume play today. Tyler Glasnow was originally scheduled to start yesterday. The West Virginia game was suspended in the third inning due to rain and Glasnow’s start was pushed...
You could say Mark Melancon was driven to be an All-Star.
The Pittsburgh Pirates reliever learned Saturday he was selected as a National League replacement after teammate Jeff Locke got hurt. Melancon took a decidedly non-chic route to Citi Field.
''I rented a minivan, and my wife and I and my parents drove,'' he said Monday.
His parents flew to Pittsburgh from...
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke will sit out next week's All-Star game because of stiffness in his lower back.
Locke will also skip his scheduled start on Sunday against the New York Mets. Rookie Gerrit Cole will start in Locke's place.
The 25-year-old Locke says he felt some discomfort toward the end of his seven innings in a 2-1 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night...
Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Melancon has been picked as a replacement for the NL All-Star team, giving the Pirates five players in the game for the first time since 1972.
NL manager Bruce Bochy also selected Sergio Romo, his San Francisco Giants closer, as a replacement pick Sunday. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke and Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan ZImmermann, both on the original NL...
Pirates closer Jason Grilli was named to the National League All Star team. Grilli, 36, is having a career year in his first season as a closer with the Pirates. He leads the National League with 29 saves in 30 chances and he has a 1.99 ERA. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Grilli just before the All Star break.
Native New Yorker gets some sick kicks
I landed the first silk of my collection, and it appropriately is a Russ Martin silk.Numbered 05/50, it ran me just $3.50 delivered and - as is the norm for Russell's cards - comes complete with a great photo of the former Blue Crew backstop.
I've been traveling for the last couple of days, which is why I haven't posted much of anything. Let's get caught up.
The Pirates have logged two narrow victories over the Mets in the last two days, which has them tied again with the Cardinals the day before the All-Star Break. I told you on Friday that everything would be fine if the Pirates swept the Mets.
It’s a slow day for minor league ball as the Major League All-Star game takes center stage. Jamestown, West Virginia and Bradenton all have the day off and will resume play tomorrow. Indianapolis in now on their All-Star break and they resume play Thursday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent...
Let's spend one moment thinking back to April 1st. On April 1st, I was awfully concerned about the upcoming season. Simply put, I thought it was time for the Pirates to move to the proverbial "next level" of their long rebuilding process and I didn't think that the team, as assembled, was ready to make that jump. I was concerned that they were wasting years of Andrew...
New York Mets third baseman David Wright was booed by Pittsburgh Pirates fans on Friday at PNC Park, and it’s all because of a Home Run Derby snub. This year’s All-Star Game is being played at Citi Field, so Wright was named captain of the NL Derby team. He chose Bryce Harper, Carlos Gonzalez, and [...]
Mets try to close out the first half of the year by salvaging the last game of the series against the Pirates. Game time is 1:35 PM.
To get started just enter your email address and desired username: Name E-mail
Related Posts:Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Jeff Locke (5/9/13)Game Chatter: Jeremy Hefner vs. Cole Hamels (6/21/13)Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Tim Hudson (6/17/13)Game...