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Wheeler defeats Pirates, 1-0

MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler did it all in the series finale. On the mound, Wheeler worked effectively while striking out seven and allowing only five hits over six shutout innings. He also got it done with the bat, driving in the lone run with the game’s only extra base hit. His effort awarded him the well earned ‘W’ and a series split with the Bucs.

Offensively, Pittsburgh had at least one base runner in each of the first four innings but didn’t have much going on, otherwise.

It looked like the Bucs might have had an opportunity to tie the game up after Marte singled up the middle with one out in the 8th. However, water was quickly poured over the potential threat when Marte got thrown out attempting to steal second base. To make the situation worse, Polanco clearly took the first pitch of the at-bat to give Marte the opportunity to swipe second. The pitch happened to be an absolute meatball and Marte didn’t get a good enough jump to attempt the stolen base. Marte went on the next pitch (called strike number two on Polanco) and was caught stealing, without question. Now down 0-2 in the count, Polanco checked his swing on a curveball out of the zone and was called out on strikes by the third base umpire to end the inning.

Due to the lack of offensive production, Musgrove earned the tough-luck loss after throwing seven innings of one run ball. Perhaps Joe should’ve taken another round of pre-game batting practice to better serve his cause.

Final score: Mets 1, Pirates 0

W: Wheeler (5-6) L: Musgrove (4-5) SV: Swarzac (3)

The Pirates have the day off tomorrow before opening up a two game series against the Cubs and hitting the non-waiver trade deadline.