Nick Kingham and the Pirates’ bullpen were no match for the Mets’ anemic lineup, with Kingham giving up six runs and leaving early as the Pirates got stomped, 12-6.
Kingham’s problems started early and never let up. For three-plus innings, he alternated between walks and loud contact. A double and a home run produced two in the first, then single runs followed in the second and third due to a combination of bad control and two more doubles. The Mets started the fourth with a single and another longball, and that was all for Kingham. Things didn’t improve much, though, as a combination of poor control and the abysmal infield defense that Neal Huntington sees no need to improve (in this case it was errors by Josh Harrison and David Freese) cost Tyler Glasnow a hitless run before the inning ended.
The Pirates’ hitters meanwhile were having their own problems with Stephen Matz. In particular, a flood of pitches taken for strikes produced nine whiffs in just the first four innings for a guy who’s not a big strikeout pitcher. The Pirates retained their touch with the longball, though, as two-run homers by Freese and Harrison tied the game twice prior to the fourth. The homers were the sixth for each.
Glasnow managed to stumble through two more hitless and scoreless innings despite four walks total. In the seventh, though, Richard Rodriguez had a three-run meltdown, triggered in part by still more control problems. That made it 10-4. Michael Feliz gave up single runs in both the eighth and ninth.
Matz left after six, but the Pirates couldn’t do enough against one of the league’s worst bullpens. Jordan Luplow, who had two of seven Pirates’ hits, tripled in a run in the seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Jordy Mercer and Adam Frazier brought in another in the ninth. Frazier also had two hits. But that was it.
The Pirates will try again to recapture the magic, with Ivan Nova on the mound against Jason Vargas, who sports an ERA of 8.60.