Pittsburgh Pirates Win Weekend Series Against New York Mets

Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams (57) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams (57) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned a series victory over the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets by a score of 11-1. With the victory, the Pirates finished off a series victory over the Mets. With the win, the Pirates exacted revenge for last weekend’s series loss at home against the Mets.

On the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 26-31. Trevor Williams started for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon and he was excellent once again. While the offense was the biggest reason the Pirates won on Sunday, Williams was a close second.

It did not take the Pittsburgh Pirates long to start the scoring on Sunday afternoon.

With 1-out in the top of the 1st inning, Josh Harrison and John Jaso hit back-to-back singles. After this, David Freese delivered a RBI single to make it 1-0 Pirates.

On Freese’s single, Mets’ outfielder Michael Conforto committed an error allowing the runners to take an extra base. This proved to be very costly for New York as Josh Bell then followed Freese’s at-bat with a RBI ground out making it 2-0 Pirates.

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The Pirate offense would be at it again in the top of the 3rd inning. With the score now 2-1, Adam Frazier doubled to start the inning. Then with 1-out, John Jaso recorded a RBI double to make it 3-1 Pirates. The Bucs also added a David Freese sacrifice fly in the inning to make it 4-1.

This lead was then stretched the lead to 5-1 in the top of the 4th inning on an Adam Frazier RBI single plating Andrew McCutchen.

With the way Trevor Williams pitched, 5 runs would prove to be more than enough. Williams was in control all day long as he turned in his fifth consecutive strong start.

In the top of the 7th inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their lead. With 1-out, Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game and was replaced by pinch-runner Max Moroff.

John Jaso then hit into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. Clint Hurdle challenged the play, however, and it was ruled that Neil Walker failed to get Moroff out at second base. This kept the inning alive and led to a RBI single by David Freese, his 3rd RBI of the day, that made the score 6-1 Pirates.

Trevor Williams pitched a career high 7 innings on Sunday afternoon. He allowed just 1 run on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. In his past 5 starts Williams has allowed just 9 earned runs on 25 hits, 5 walks, 1 home run, and 16 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched.

The top of the 8th inning saw the Pirate lead grow. Andrew McCutchen singled, Jordy Mercer singled, and Fracisco Cervelli walked, this loaded the bases with no one out. Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored McCutchen and made it 7-1 Pirates.

Adam Frazier then added a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1 Pirates. With the sacrifice fly, Frazier joined David Freese as Pirate hitters with 3 RBI on Sunday.

Jhan Marinez took over on the mound for the Pirates in the bottom of the 8th inning. He issued a leadoff walk, but quickly cleaned it up by getting Asdrubel Cabrera to hit into a 3-6-1 double play. On the play, Josh Bell made an excellent pick, spin, and throw to get the lead runner. He then got Jay Bruce to pop out to center field to end the inning.

John Jaso walked to start the top of the 9th inning, and then David Freese singled. Then with 1-out, Andrew McCutchen launched his 9th home run of the season. This made the score 11-1 Pittsburgh and continued McCutchen’s recent hot streak.

In need of work, Tony Watson pitched the bottom of the 9th inning for the Pirates. Watson worked a quick 1-2-3 inning to put the Mets away and end the game.

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Next up for the Pittsburgh Pirates is a brief stint of inter-league play. After an off day tomorrow, the Pirates begin a quick 2 game stop at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. First pitch for Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Ivan Nova is scheduled to start for the Pirates, while the Orioles plan to go with the struggling Kevin Gausman.