The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second straight game to the New York Mets, falling 4-3 on Friday night after a late surge fell just a tad short.
The Buccos were down 4-1 in the eighth inning when Oneil Cruz launched his 16th homer of the season into the stratosphre with Tyler Heineman on base to cut the lead to 4-3.
Oneil Cruz - Pittsburgh Pirates (16) pic.twitter.com/7lHZJlXYXp— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 17, 2022
The Bucs would look to get something going again in the ninth when Ben Gamel walked, but pinch runner Greg Allen was thrown out at second on a steal attempt after initially being safe. The play was challenged by the Mets.
Top 9th – @Mets challenge call that Greg Allen is safe at 2B; call overturned, runner is out. Powered by @Mitel. pic.twitter.com/inOcPgrR4O— MLB Replays (@MLBReplays) September 17, 2022
Cal Mitchell almost tied the game with two outs, sending an 0-2 pitch all the way to the warning track, but alas, it was not meant to be.
More epic production from the Mets crew and nearly an epic moment for Cal Mitchell, but it ends up a flyout that ends the game!— Just Baseball (@JustBBMedia) September 17, 2022
The Mets win and the Phils lead in Atlanta, they'll be hoping that result holds. pic.twitter.com/llEZ86QjQX
On the mound, Mitch Keller got the start, and he wasn’t terrible, though also not as efficient as he’s been in recent weeks. He finished with six innings pitched, giving up three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He did give up a solo homer in the fourth to former Pirate Daniel Vogelbach and took the loss to fall to 5-11 on the season.
There were no multi-hit Buccos, as the Pirates only finished with five total hits on the night.
Pittsburgh will look to get back into the win column with another round against the Mets tonight in Queens.