The story of tonight’s ballgame, was similar to the story line from Friday night’s ballgame. The Mets left-handed hitters hitting home runs against a Pirates starting pitcher. This time around, one of the Mets right-handed hitters added a home run, when Wilmer Flores hit a 2-2 curveball from Tyler Glasnow, into the left field seats to give the Mets a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning. Neil Walker’s two-run home run in the first inning, and Jay Bruce‘s solo shot in the third would combine with the Flores home run to account for all the Mets scoring on the night. It was another uneven outing for Tyler Glasnow, as he lasted only five innings and walked three batters. He threw 89 pitches in his five innings of work and allowed just five hits, but with three home runs allowed and only 49 strikes thrown, his effort was not enough to earn a win.
Glasnow received very little support from the offense, even though they only went down in order in the first and fifth innings of the game. A second inning solo home run by Josh Bell, and third inning RBI ground out by Gregory Polanco, would account for the only runs scored by the Pirates on the night. The Pirates recorded 10 hits and three of them went for extra bases, but they struck out nine times on the night and recorded only one hit with a runner in scoring position in 12 attempts. Thirteen different Pirates at-bats resulted in a Pirates batter earning his way on base, but with 14 men reaching base, 12 of them would be left stranded.
It was another solid showing for the Pirates bullpen, as Johnny Barbato logged two scoreless innings and Wade LeBlanc pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th inning. All of this would go for nothing in the loss however, as the offense could not take advantage of their teammates on the mound giving them a chance to stay in the game. Tough nights for Gregory Polanco and David Freese batting third and fourth in the Pirates lineup, would help to account for most of the Pirates offensive struggles. However, the Pirates did force Gsellman to exit the ballgame with one out in the fifth inning, but eventually they would let him off the hook after stranding runners at third with less than two outs on two separate occasions. With the win, the Mets improved to 24-30 on the season, while the Pirates dropped to 25-31 on the season, setting up a rubber match for tomorrow afternoon.