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San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8:07 PM, ESPN

Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) vs. Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04) 

The National League Wild Card Game will be in Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year, with the Pirates set to host the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park. The Pirates and Giants met six times this year and the Bucs won four of those contests.

San Francisco Giants

1. Gregor Blanco CF
2. Joe Panik 2B
3. Buster Posey C
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Travis Ishikawa LF
9. Madison Bumgarner LHP

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Josh Harrison 3B
2. Jordy Mercer SS
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Russell Martin C
5. Starling Marte LF
6. Neil Walker 2B
7. Gaby Sanchez 1B
8. Travis Snider RF
9. Edinson Volquez P


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MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Pirates 3 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:14:02 +0000 mets score eric young campbell

After an early five-run outburst, the Mets were able to hang on and defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score a 5-3 at PNC Park on Saturday.

The Mets greeted Pirates starter Gerrit Cole with RBI-hits from Eric Campbell and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the first, also adding a third run on a wild pitch. In the second, Daniel Murphy lined a a two-run single to score Curtis Granderson and Eric Young Jr. who had three steals in the game.

Campbell had a huge game filling in for the injured David Wright, stroking three hits and even picking up his first career stolen base.

Jon Niese kept his quality start streak alive, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out five. It wasn’t easy for the Mets southpaw who struggled at times and was tagged for seven hits and three walks. But Niese battled and earned his fifth win of the season for his efforts.

Jeurys Familia dominated in the seventh and eighth with two 1-2-3 innings, while closer Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

The Mets snapped their three-game losing streak and will try to split the four-game series on Sunday at 1:35 PM when right-hander Bartolo Colon will take on Edinson Volquez for the Bucs in the finale.

^^ I apologize if the recap seems too brief and rushed and not my norm. Having a bad day and not feeling very well at the moment. Thanks.

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MMO Game Recap: Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11 innings) Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:43:27 +0000 jacob degrom

The Mets dropped a tough one on Friday night at PNC Park, falling to the Pirates by the score of 3-2 in extra innings.

After a very wild Vic Black allowed a one out walk to pinch hitter Clint Barmes in the bottom of the 11th and then Josh Harrison launched a walk-off RBI double to give the Bucs a dramatic win.

It was the third straight loss for the Mets who are now in last place and eight games under .500.

The Mets got on the board first after a two-run single by Lucas Duda in the fourth inning, but once again they couldn’t buy a timely hit for the rest of the game. On the plus side, catcher Travis d’Arnaud had three of the Mets’ nine hits.

Jacob deGrom started the game and pitched well, allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. The young righty was composed and pitched brilliantly at times, but he certainly didn’t help himself when he failed to cover first base and allowed the Bucs to extend the inning and score two runs to tie the game at 2-2.

Jenrry Mejia came up big in the 10th inning when the Bucs put runners on second and third with nobody out after a botched call by the umps. The Mets closer slammed the door and got out of the jam to send the game to the 11th.

Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78) gets the start on Saturday and opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) in a 4:05 PM matchup. 

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Pirates 5, Mets 2 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:39:25 +0000 lucas duda

The Mets opened up their four game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 loss on Thursday night at PNC Park.

Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game for the Mets and was tagged for five earned runs on five hits including a three-run homer by Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco. Dice-K didn’t have it tonight and was all over the place walking four batters, hitting one and throwing a wild pitch in his six innings of work. He could be heading back to the bullpen.

Carlos Torres relieved Matsuzaka and loaded the bases in the seventh, but managed to end the inning unscathed. Josh Edgin and Vic Black combined for a scoreless eighth.

Offensively the Mets tallied nine hits and a pair of walks, but only pushed two runs across the plate, one of them off the bat of Lucas Duda who blasted his 12th homer of the season. The Duder has four homers in his last seven games.

Oddly enough, everyone in the starting lineup had at least a hit or a walk in the game, but a pair of double plays and some snazzy defense killed a few scoring opportunities for the Mets.

The loss puts the Mets back to seven games under .500 and depending on the results of the Phillies vs Marlins game, they could be all alone in last place by the end of the night.

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75) will try to get the Mets back on track Friday night at 7:05 PM and will be opposed by Bucs right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93).

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Ghosts of PNC Park Exorcised; Mets Win 9-8 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 03:52:22 +0000

The last time the Mets were in Pittsburgh, I wrote a piece about PNC Park having similar effects to the Mets as Atlanta’s Turner Field once had, and to an effect, still has.  Over the past few years, PNC Park had become a house of horrors for the Mets.  They failed to clinch the division title there in 2006, they suffered repeated late-inning setbacks there and earlier this season, the Pirates won all three games played there, with a fourth game being rained out and made up today.

Before today’s game, the Mets were 6-10 in Pittsburgh since 2005.  Early on, today’s game appeared to be the latest in a long string of losses at PNC Park, as the Mets fell behind 5-0 after three innings of play.  Tim Redding was ineffective, being charged with all five runs in only 2 1/3 innings of work, raising his ERA to a bloated 6.99.  The final blow came when Pirates catcher Robinzon Diaz launched a double off the left field wall in the deepest part of the ballpark.  Pat Misch was called in to relieve Redding and all seemed lost for the Mets.  But then, the Ghostbusters were called in.  Although they hadn’t done so in quite a while, the Mets players crossed streams with their bats and put together a rally.  They scored eight runs over the next three innings to take an 8-5 lead and the day appeared to be saved.  Unfortunately, not even Frankie could make them relax today.

The Pirates had chipped away at the Mets’ lead by scoring a run in the seventh inning to make the score 8-6.  That was still the score when Frankie Rodriguez entered the game in the ninth inning.  An infield hit by pinch hitter Freddy Sanchez brought up the tying run to the plate in the form of Adam LaRoche.  He proceeded to tie the game with a long bomb to right field, sliming Frankie and the Mets and appearing to perpetuate the notion that the Mets were cursed at PNC Park.  After two more hits put the winning run 90 feet away, Frankie settled down and retired Brandon Moss on a liner to Luis Castillo.

In came the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in the form of Matt Capps.  He was looking tough, throwing strikes and retiring the first two batters.  He had two strikes on a member of the Three Fernandos (Tatis) before drilling him near his left kidney. (Ouchie!)  Tatis shook away the pain and stole second base, setting up another RBI situation for Ryan Church.  As he was supposed to do, Church defeated the demons of PNC Park by lining a base hit to center field, scoring Tatis when the ball was overthrown by centerfielder Andrew McCutchen.

With only Bobby Parnell available to him, Jerry Manuel opted to stay with Frankie Rodriguez to pitch the tenth inning.  His confidence in his closer was rewarded when Frankie pitched a 1-2-3 tenth inning, giving the Mets a thrilling 9-8 victory before trekking across the state of Pennsylvania to Philadelphia for their crucial three-game series with the Phillies this holiday weekend.  Coupled with the Phillies’ 5-2 loss to the Braves tonight, the Mets now find themselves only one game behind the first place Phillies and Marlins, who are tied atop the National League East.

The Ghostbusters were able to save the day today.  The bats came alive and although he suffered a small setback in the ninth inning, Frankie recovered quickly and made short work of the Pirates in the tenth.  The PNC Park Poltergeists were vanquished for today.  All good movies end up with sequels made.  Let’s hope this sequel involves exorcising the Phillies next.

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Has PNC Park Become The New Turner Field? Thu, 04 Jun 2009 13:39:46 +0000

For many years while the Atlanta Braves had a chokehold on the rest of the National League East, Turner Field was a veritable house of horrors for the New York Mets.  Since it opened in 1997, the Mets are 34-66 at Turner Field and have had numerous crushing defeats, including some of the season-ending variety (see 1999 season).  Last year, the Mets were 1-8 in Atlanta, easily their worst record against any team on the road.  Clearly, Atlanta was not one of the cities the Mets looked forward to visiting every season when the schedules were released.

It appears that Turner Field may not be the only ballpark that causes the mighty Mets to turn into the mini-Mets.  Is it possible that PNC Park in Pittsburgh has become the new Turner Field in the mind of the Mets’ players?

Granted, the Mets have been playing shorthanded so far in their current series at PNC Park.  However, the Mets were also short a few guys last week while they were winning five out of six games at Citi Field.  If they could defeat the Nationals and Marlins a few players short of a full deck, surely they could defeat the lowly Pirates.  Ah, but the aura of PNC Park has permeated through the Mets’ bats and gloves.  How else can you explain squandering a 5-0 lead Monday night?  Not even Johan Santana could fend off the PNC Park Monster Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss that saw him give up the first major league home run to Jason Jaramillo and back-to-back RBI doubles to Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche.  This week’s games are just a small sample of the unfathomable defeats the Mets have suffered at PNC Park over the years.  Do any of these other games bring back memories?

July 8, 2005:  The Mets held a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning.  It wasn’t even a save situation, so Willie Randolph brought in Aaron Heilman to start the ninth inning.  Unfortunately, Heilman created a save situation for Braden Looper.  The two of them combined to give up four runs in the ninth inning, followed by another run in the tenth.  Pirates win 6-5.

September 15-17, 2006:  Needing one win to secure their first division title in 18 years, the Mets proceeded to lose all three games in Pittsburgh.  Fortunately, these losses did not have a negative effect on their season.  However, it was now becoming obvious that the Mets were having difficulty playing at PNC Park.

August 18, 2008:  The Mets were holding on to a slim lead in the National League East.  The previous week, they had lost a heartbreaker to the Bucs at Shea Stadium when they couldn’t hold a 5-1 seventh inning lead.  The bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh inning followed by three more in the ninth, leading to a 7-5 loss.  The Mets needed the bullpen to recover from that bitter taste the Pirates had left in their collective mouths just a week earlier.  Unfortunately, they wasted a beautiful shutout performance by John Maine by giving up five runs over the last three innings en route to a 5-2 defeat.

Is it any wonder the Mets have lost the first two games at PNC Park this year, losing in similar fashion to numerous previous losses there?  The Mets are now 6-9 in Pittsburgh since they became perennial contenders in 2005.  At least when the Mets were losing all those games at Turner Field, they were losing to a Braves team that was playing regularly in October.  The Pirates haven’t had a winning record since 1992 and could set the all-time record for consecutive losing seasons this year.  No Mets team, no matter how injury-depleted they are, should have that type of record against a team whose annual goal is to be mediocre.  No matter how you slice it, it appears that PNC Park is becoming the new Turner Field, a ballpark where good things only happen to the team wearing the home whites.  I’m just glad the Mets don’t have to make a return trip to Pittsburgh this season.

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