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Pirates beat Mets in 11, earn 55th win

Jul 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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Between Pedro Alvarez‘s first-inning, two-run home run and Jordy Mercer‘s walk-off RBI single to center in the 11th, the Pirates couldn’t muster much offense against Mets starter Jeremy Hefner and the bullpen. Pirates starter Charlie Morton held the Mets down through five, but allowed an RBI single to David Wright in the sixth and a solo home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the seventh to tie it.

Rather than use closer Bobby Parnell in the eleventh after exhausting most of their other bullpen options, manager Terry Collins decided to play “by the book” and use 23-year-old Gonzalez Germen, who was making his Major League debut. Including his work in the Minors, he had pitched once since June 29. Andrew McCutchen walked to lead off the inning, then stole second base while Alvarez struck out. Russell Martin was intentionally walked to set up a double play, but Germen struck out Gaby Sanchez swinging for the second out. On the third pitch of the last at-bat of the game, Jordy Mercer snuck a ground ball up the middle, allowing McCutchen to score from second base to seal the win.

The victory is the 55th of the season for the Pirates. As the Cardinals defeated the Cubs earlier 3-2 for their 56th win, they remain one game ahead of the Pirates in first place in the NL Central. The Pirates have a four-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds for the first NL Wild Card spot.

  1. moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    The Mets were swashbuckled!

  2. oltanya - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Fire Terry Collins.

    Right now.

    Seriously, this was just miserable. Hefner has been amazing lately and was pulled at under 80 pitches. Four relievers pitched the ninth inning for a team that has already played four games of 15+ innings and on a night when LaTroy Hawkins was unavailable. We’ve had multiple games lately where Germen could have had his debut in a harmless situation (leads of 10-5 and 7-0 against the limping Giants), and yet with Parnell warm and ready, Collins lets Germen debut in an incredibly tight spot.

    I love the Mets broadcasters, but Gary and Keith were extolling how well-managed this game was on both sides, and everyone watching knew that was a complete and utter lie. I was a believer in Collins once. I felt that most of the problems with this team were based in talent and ownership, and Collins should get a chance to manage the team out from under Fred Wilpon’s thumb. Tonight, however, was inexcusable.

    • drone501 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      he was running relief pitchers in and out of the game like a chinese fire drill. i thought it was pretty dumb. didn’t manage the game good at all.

  3. modellforprez - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    55 is nice BUT uhhh Neal H. is gonna have to upgrade Right field/1st base and im not sold on Jordy Mercer at short although he is a better option than Clinton BUMas. and he might need additional help for 2nd base with walker out and a starter and bullpen help all the while not wanting to give up the farm

  4. stairwayto7 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Don’t the Pirates have an 8 game lead over the 3rd place wild card team? Hello!!!

    • spudchukar - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Nine actually, but I doubt if they are striving for a one-game play-off.

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