For the second night in a row, the New York Mets wasted a solid effort by a starting pitcher against the Pittsburgh Pirates, this time on their way to a 9-3 loss at Citi Field Wednesday night.
Chris Capuano was had cruised through six innings when the wheels came off in the seventh. However, it wasn't the all the starter's fault, but rather a continued lack of execution by his defense behind him.
The downward spiral began when Capuano couldn't locate first base when covering on Andrew McCutchen's ground ball to Daniel Murphy. Neil Walker followed that with a bunt single to Willie Harris at third and Matt Diaz hit a weak dribbler to the left of the mound that Capuano had trouble picking up to load the bases.
Chris Snyder got the scoring started with a shot in the hole that Ruben Tejada fielded and threw to third base for a force, but Willie Harris for some reason went for a tag instead of just stepping on the bag and the Pirates still had the bases loaded with no outs. Lyle Overbay ended Capuano's night with a sinking liner to center that Angel Pagan was unable to grab, bringing in the tying run.
Manager Terry Collins called on Pedro Beato to try and stop the bleeding, but the inning continued to gt away from the Mets. Xavier Paul lined a ball to right that Jason Bay couldn't quite get to, scoring Pittsburgh's third run and keeping the bases loaded. Jose Tabata then grounded a ball to Harris, who instead of coming home attempted the 5-4-3 double play, but only got the out at second.
The Pirates rounded out their scoring in the seventh with an shot in the hole that Tejada smothered, but had no play. Pittsburgh added four "insurance" runs off the Mets bullpen in the eighth inning, but the damage was done in that seventh inning.
After the game, Collins was understandably confused and angry with his bumbling team.
"I'm running out of ideas here. Are we playing hard? Absolutely. It's about execution."
The Mets will try to execute their way to a series split with the Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey (3-4) will face off against Paul Maholm (2-7) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm.
New York will have Jose Reyes back in the lineup following time off in the Dominican Republic due to the death of his grandmother. He will take the roster spot of Taylor Buchholz who will head to the DL.
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|WP: Kevin Correia (8 - 4)
LP: Chris Capuano (3 - 6)