Pittsburgh put on a show for it’s largest crowd of the season. 35,900 fans were in attendance while watching the Pirates and Mets face off in game three of the series.
After defeating Indians’ ace, Kluber, last week, Trevor Williams did it again against New York’s deGrom this time around.
After retiring the first six in order, Williams got himself out of a jam in the 3rd inning. Mesoraco and Evans reached base to lead off the 3rd inning prompting Jacob deGrom to attempt a sacrifice bunt. Williams fielded the bunt, spun and threw to third to get the lead runner. He quickly retired the next two hitter via ground out and strike out.
With one out in the 4th, the Mets loaded the bases on singles from Conforto and Bautesta, followed by a McNeil Walk. Williams was able to induce the 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Mesoraco to end the inning and the threat.
The Mets threatened one more time in the 5th but Williams was able to escape the jam, yet again. Jacob deGrom doubled with one out in the inning and Rosario followed it up with a four pitch walk. Thankfully, Brandon Nimmo stepped in to strike out again, and then Wilmer Flores popped out in foul ground behind third base to end the inning.
Pittsburgh’s offense also did their part in beating deGrom, earning eight hits and three runs off of the ace.
Gregory Polanco single handedly set the table for Pittsburgh’s first run in the bottom of the 6th. After two quick outs had been made, Polanco lined a single to right and promptly stole second base, putting himself in scoring position. Moran delivered a single to right field, bringing Polanco around to score the first run of the game.
The Pittsburgh scoring continued in the 7th inning thanks in part to some small ball. Luplow lead off the inning with a single and reached second on a Cervelli sacrifice bunt. Mercer singled as well, allowing Luplow to reach third. With runners at the corners, David Freese stepped in to pinch hit and grounded out softly to short, allowing Luplow to score. Frazier stepped in and lined a double down the right field line to bring in Mercer for the Pirates’ third run of the game.
Pittsburgh added some insurance in the 8th inning when Polanco led off with a double and immediately came around to score on another Moran single. After Osuna struck out, Luplow reached base after grounded into a force out. Luplow swiped second, putting himself in scoring position with two outs. This allowed Luplow to score when Francisco Cervelli singled on a ground ball up the middle to conclude the Pirates scoring for the day.
Meanwhile, the Bucs bullpen was excellent. After Williams delivered another scoreless start, Santana, Crick, and Rodriguez each delivered a scoreless 7th, 8th, and 9th inning on their way to completing the shutout of the Mets.
Final score: Pirates 5, Mets 0
W: Williams L: deGrom
Pittsburgh will look to earn the series victory Sunday at 1:35pm EDT, behind Joe Musgrove.