Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/27/12

The Pirates lost yet again on Thursday as their hopes at salvaging a .500 season continue to go down the drain, but hey, at least the game will make SportsCenter. It was notable for two reasons: RA Dickey’s 20th win and an absolutely incredible catch by Travis Snider.

The Pirates actually got off to a good start against Dickey, scoring twice in the second inning. Garrett Jones doubled, Snider singled, Rod Barajas doubled, and Jordy Mercer reached on an infield hit.  The game almost seemed to have a legitimately meaningful feel to it because it was Dickey’s chance to win number 20 at home, so the early deficit was not ideal for Mets fans.

Luckily for them, they were facing Kevin Correia. Kevin had been pitching pretty well lately, but was hit hard today. Ike Davis homered in the second to cut the lead in half, and it looked like Mike Baxter had tied it with another homer two batters later. Snider had other ideas, though, and scaled the chain-link fence in right field perfectly, hung there for a moment, and reached up to somehow snag the ball well above the fence. I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but if not you MUST click here and watch. It’s gotta be one of the top plays in all of baseball this season–an absolutely amazing display of timing and athleticism by Snider.

Barajas – one of the only Bucs (along with Jones) that seemed to have an idea of how to hit Dickey’s knuckler – homered to  put the Bucs up 3-1, but Correia gave the run back in the bottom of the fourth on three Met singles. Then New York picked another in the next inning on a Daniel Murphy single to tie it…and David Wright delivered the finishing blow – a three run bomb that saved the day for Dickey and put him in line for the memorable victory.

Dickey didn’t miss a beat after that, pitching into the eighth before coming out after a Snider walk with two outs. Alex Presley hit a two run bomb in the ninth to bring the Bucs within one, but they did nothing more after that.

The Pirates now need to go 6-0 on the final homestand to finish 82-80. I’m not getting my hopes up.

Mets 6, Pirates 5 / Box / 2012 Record: 76-80 / Next: Friday, vs. Reds, 7:05

MVP: Barajas (+.203) / LVP: Correia (-.547) / Key play: Wright’s HR

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