Mets Lose An Ugly One To The Bucs 8-5

Game Summary

“Worst loss of the season” Keith Hernandez says it all.

Mets gave up a 5-0 lead to the Bucs after the bullpen failed to hold on. Late runs were absent as well as all the Mets runs came in the first 3 innings. Mets lost game one to the Pirates 8-5.


Livan Hernandez started the game off well, not allowing a run till the 4th inning, despite allowing the lead off hitters to get on for the first three innings. Livan left the game in the fifth inning. He went 5.2 innings, allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2 and struck out 5 on 103 pitches.

Bobby Parnell came into the game during the fifth to end the inning despite having the bases loaded.

Pedro Feliciano came into the game and struck out two to end the sixth inning. Pedro came back out in the seventh and got one out as JJ Putz came in to relieve him and gave up a base hit that got Feliciano’s runner in. Putz also gave up two runs to give up the lead.

Brian Stokes came in with the bases loaded and only one out. Two runs came across to score on an error by the shortstop Valdez, and a sac fly. Stokes was finally able to finish the inning after five men scored.


Mets got the offense going early, got five runs by the third inning. Nothing from the offense happened after that. Valdez had a 3 RBI game with a triple and double. Reed and F-Martinez combine for 3 runs in the game. Schneider and Sheffield each had an RBI in the game.

First career stolen bases for Fernando Martinez.
First extra base hits for Wilson Valdez.

Additional Info

This day in Mets history: New York Mets selected Nelson Figueroa in 30th round of free agent draft on June 1, 1995.

Angel Pagan will likely go to the DL when Alex Cora comes back on Tuesday.
Carlos Beltran still out with a stomach flu.
Gary Sheffield looked to be in pain during the game with a sore hamstring.

Aflac trivia question: First 5 players inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1936?
Aflac trivia question: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

Game Ball

Wilson Valdez for his 3 RBIs.

Up Next

Johan Santana (7-2, 1.77) will pitch game two of this series against Pirate ace Zack Duke (5-4, 2.75).

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