The Pirates pummeled Mets pitching Sunday afternoon to take the series with an 11-1 victory at Citi Field.
Trevor Williams made his 6th start for the Bucs this season, and he scattered seven hits across seven innings of work allowing just one run for the win. In his past five starts, Williams has posted a 2.83 ERA with the team 4-1 in those starts.
The double play ball was Williams’ friend today as he induced three double plays to get out of a couple jams throughout his outing. Williams got nine ground ball outs, nine fly outs and struck out three.
The Bucs scored right away in the first inning with three straight singles by Josh Harrison, John Jaso and David Freese to make it 1-0. Josh Bell followed that up with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. After the Mets scored their lone run in the second inning on a GIDP, the Bucs went back to work adding on Mets RHP Tyler Pill. Adam Frazier doubled and Jaso ripped an RBI double to make it 3-1. Freese’s sacrifice fly made it 4-1 Bucs. Frazier added an RBI single in the 4th inning and the rout was on.
Andrew McCutchen put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth with a three-run home run, his ninth of the season. Cutch finished with three hits and three RBIs while Freese did the same. Cervelli went 3-for-4 and Jaso and Frazier each had two hits as the Bucs banged out 15 hits on the day.
The Pirates improve to 26-31 with the victory and after an off day Monday will take on the Orioles in a quick two-game series in Baltimore Tuesday and Wednesday night. Ivan Nova is set to start for the Bucs opposite Kevin Gausman with first pitch set for 7:05PM.