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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tough Loss

Pirates 3 – Mets 2

Blown Opportunities

The Pirates downed the Mets tonight 3 – 2 in a game that was there for the taking. Pittsburgh starter, James McDonald, was on the ropes all night but the Mets could not put him away. 

In the 4th inning with the bases loaded, R.A. Dickey hacked at the first pitch and grounded into an inning ending double play. Dickey, who has the reputation as being a heady player, had NO BUSINESS swinging at the first pitch with Jose Reyes on deck. In the 5th inning, Jason Bay came to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs and looked at a strike three curveball. Better said, Jason Bay stood frozen as the ball cut through the heart of the plate. 
Don't call it a comeback!
 The Mets had another chance to tie the game in the 8th when Lucas Duda ripped a double down the right field line with the lightening fast Angel Pagan on first base. Surprisingly, Chip Hale gave Angel the stop sign at third base. Pagan might have been nailed at the plate but Chip Hale has to force the action in that spot. Pagan can fly and the pressure has to be put on the Pirates to make the play. Ronny Paulino looked at a third strike to end the threat.

Daniel Murphy Can’t Field
I'm gonna throw a slider to 1st...wait I'm at 1st.

Daniel Murphy played third base and booted a ball in the third inning allowing the Pirates to score 2 runs. The play was ruled as a hit but it was clearly an error. The ball was hit directly to Murphy but, for some reason, he tried to stab at it with his backhand. Mets Blob has breaking news: Daniel Murphy cannot field. No matter where the Mets play him - first base, second base, third base or the outfield - Daniel Murphy cannot field. Murph has been tearing the cover off the ball but he has no business bringing his glove to a Major League ballgame.


R.A. Dickey pitched a great game. It seems he has found his groove after his early season struggles. Keep it up R.A.

Sunday's game vs. the Pirates is at 1:35pm. We've got Capuano on the hill so we pulled out this oldie but a goodie.

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