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David Wright goes cold as Mets squeeze by Pirates

Posted By Aryn Ouellette On May 22 2012 @ 10:47 pm In New York,New York Mets,Pittsburgh,Pittsburgh Pirates | No Comments

Tuesday night’s game between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates wasn’t kind to third basemen, David Wright.  Wright, who has been on fire since the season has begun, went 0-4, with three strike outs in the Mets win.

Scoring started in the second inning when Mets catcher, Mike Nickeas singled, scoring Daniel Murphy.  Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who went 2-4, tied the game up with his sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to score Josh Harrison.  At the beginning of the eighth inning, reliever Jaun Cruz entered the game and lasted less than one inning, giving up two hits and one earned run.  The Mets would eventually score two runs in the eighth inning from a Lucas Luda single that scored Mike Baxter, and a Daniel Murphy fielders choice that scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis.  The Pirates made one last push in the bottom of the eighth inning, but managed to score only one run back.  Andrew McCutchen’s single scored his second RBI of the night, but his team fell short of a win.

The game was a pitchers dual through the first seven innings, with each starter allowing only one run.

Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey got the win (6-1), going seven innings, allowing five hits, one earned run, and striking out eleven. Frank Francisco picked up his eleventh save of the season, [1]giving up zero runs, and striking out one.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis [2] #9 and Ronny Cedeno [3] #13 of the New York Mets [4] celebrates after winning against the Pittsburgh Pirates [5] during the game on May 22, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Pirates 3-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)



Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald also went seven strong inning, receiving a no decision (3-2), allowing four hits, one earned run, two base on balls, and striking out eight.  Reliever Juan Cruz was handed the loss (1-1), after entering the game in the eighth inning, pitching .2 innings, allowing two hits, one earned run, and striking out two.


New York Met Notables                                            Pittsburgh Pirates Notables

W – R.A. Dickey (6-1), 3.45 ERA                             L – Juan Cruz (1-1), 1.08 ERA

S – Frank Francisco (11), 7.13 ERA                         ND – James McDonald (3-2), 2.51 ERA

3B – David Wright 0-4, 3 SO                                    CF – Andrew McCutchen 2-4, R, 2 RBI

SS – Ronny Cedeno 2-3

RF -Lucas Luda 1-4, RBI

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