The game is delayed due to rain, but Tim Redding is warming up in the bullpen. The lights at PNC Park are also on, which indicates they will get the game in. Stay tuned.
Looks like the new start time is 1:05 p.m.
The game is under way, but it’s still raining.
Top 1: Luis Castillo grounds out. Alex Cora singles. With David Wright up to bat, the game is being delayed again due to rain.
The game is supposed to get under way again at 1:50.
The game is on again. David Wright flies out. Cora advances to second on a wild pitch. Gary Sheffield walks. Fernando Tatis hit by pitch, loading the bases. Ryan Church grounds out.
Bottom 1: Andrew McCutchen doubles. Jack Wilson bunts McCutchen to third. Tim Redding gets out of the inning unscathed.
Top 2: Mets retired in order.
Bottom 2: Garrett Jones hits leadoff double. Andy LaRoche walks. Robinzon Diaz singles, scoring Jones. LaRoche advances to third. 1-0 Pirates. Ramon Vazquez walks, loading the bases. Paul Maholm strikes out. Redding hits McCutchen, scoring LaRoche. 2-0 Pirates. Wilson hits sacrifice fly. 3-0 Pirates. Delwyn Young flies out, mercifully ending the inning. Redding is just horrible today. The Mets bullpen will have to warm up in a hurry. This is exactly what the Mets didn’t need.
Top 3: Castillo hits a leadoff single. Cora reaches on fielder’s choice. Cora steals second. Wright grounds out. Cora advances to third. Sheffield flies out.
Bottom 3: Adam LaRoche singles. Jones hits a ball to center. Church dives and misses. You don’t think this team needs Carlos Beltran? Jones scores, LaRoche to third. 4-0 Pirates. Andy LaRoche strikes out. Diaz doubles, scoring Adam LaRoche. 5-0 Pirates. Redding’s out of the game, mercifully. Pat Misch comes in to relieve Redding. Vazquez grounds out. Maholm grounds out. The Mets need to start hitting.
Top 4: Tatis singles, grabbing his hamstring where he got hit by the ball in his previous at-bat. Church singles. Nick Evans singles, loading the bases. Omir Santos strikes out. Daniel Murphy pinch-hits for Misch and hits a two-run single. 5-2 Pirates. Castillo hits into a double play.
Bottom 4: Elmer Dessens comes in to pitch. Wilson walks after McCutchen flies out. Dessens hits Young. Adam LaRoche grounds into double play.
Top 5: Cora legs out a leadoff double. Wright hits a single, advancing Cora to third. Sheffield hits an RBI single. 5-3 Pirates. Tatis reaches first on a fielder’s choice, advancing Wright to third. Sheffield out at second. Church singles, scoring Wright. 5-4 Pirates. Evans hits another RBI single, tying the game at 5. Ten of the Mets’ 11 hits have been singles. Maholm is out of the game. Jeff Karstens enters the game. Santos walks, loading the bases. Jeremy Reed pinch-hits for Dessens. Reed hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Church and putting the Mets up 6-5. Castillo flies out to end the inning. It’s great to see the didn’t wither and die after falling behind five runs. Now they need the relief pitching to continue to step it up in this game.
Bottom 5: Brian Stokes enters the game. Jones lines out to Stokes. Andy LaRoche flies out. Robinzon grounds out.
Top 6: Cora pops out. Wright walks. Sheffield pops out. Tatis hits a two-run opposite field homer. 8-5 Mets. Church flies out.
Bottom 6: Vazquez singles. Jeff Salazer pinch-hits for Karstens and flies out. McCutchen strikes out. Wilson pops up. Stokes is cruising.
Top 7: Evan Meek comes into the game in relief. Evans and Santos both ground out. Argenis Reyes pinch hits for Stokes. Reyes walks. Reyes steals second. Castillo walks. Cora grounds out.
Bottom 7: Pedro Feliciano relieves Stokes. Feliciano strikes out Young. Young ejected. Adam LaRoche grounds out. Jones hits a solo home run. 8-6 Mets. Sean Green comes in to relieve Feliciano. Andy LaRoche strikes out.
Top 8: Steven Jackson in to pitch for Pittsburgh. Wright grounds out. Sheffield pops up. Tatis doubles. Church pops out.
Bottom 8: Fernando Martinez goes into center. Church moves to right. Sheffield comes out of the game. Green hits Diaz. Vazquez grounds out to first. Green walks Brandon Moss. McCutchen reaches first on fielder’s choice. Two outs, runners on first and second. Green strikes out Wilson.
Top 9: Evans strikes out. Santos hits a double. Schneider reaches first on fielder’s choice. Santos thrown out at third. Castillo walks. Jesse Chavez relieves Jackson. Cora immediately flies out.
Bottom 9: It’s time for Francisco Rodriguez to close it out. Freddy Sanchez pinch hits and squeezes out an infield single. Adam LaRoche ties the game with a two-run home run, 8-8. K-Rod blows his third save of the season. Jones grounds out. Andy LaRoche pops out. Diaz hits a single. Vazquez singles, advancing Diaz to third. Moss lines out.
Top 10: Matt Capps pitches for the Pirates. Wright strikes out. Martinez pops out. Tatis hit by pitch for second time today. Tatis steals second. Church singles and heads to second on the throw to home, but Tatis scores. 9-8 Mets. Evans grounds out.
Bottom 10: Bobby Parnell will get a chance to close out the game. Check that. K-Rod is back out for his second inning. McCutchen flies out to center. Wilson strikes out. Sanchez grounds out. Mets win!
Wow, what a game. It was very stressful and long but all that matters is they got the win. K-Rod ended up throwing 46 pitches, which leaves his availability in tomorrow’s game vs. the Phillies up in the air. He did pick up the win, however.
The Mets are now. 500 again and sit just a game behind the Marlins and a game and a half behind the Phillies, who play later tonight against the Braves.
Today’s win was much needed and gives the Mets a little momentum going into the series in Philadelphia.