It was actually nip-and-tuck for awhile. Liriano had stranded Mets on second and third in the second frame with three straight whiffs to squelch NY's first opportunity, and the game was tied 1-1 going into the Pirates' fifth..
The Bucs scored first when Jordy doubled home Fran Cervelli with a shot off the LF wall, and Wilmer Flores tied it with a two-out ground ball single in the fifth. It was a key inning for Frankie, though, as he left the bases filled with Mets without allowing any more damage.
In the Buc half, Pittsburgh took command. JT drew a walk and Cutch cashed him in with his second homer in two days, another shot into the bullpen. Cervelli's two-out single plated Jung-Ho Kang, who had walked and moved up on a bounce out, and ticketed Jon Neise for a trip to the showers with Pittsburgh up 4-1.
|Gregory Polanco came off the bench to collect a pair of hits (photo via Baseball America)|
The Bucs broomed the Mets and hope to keep the good times rollin' tomorrow against the Miami Marlins, with Charlie Morton facing David Phelps.
- The 10 strikeouts rung up against the Mets by Gerrit Cole & AJ were the most against the Mets this year, until Frankie topped them with 12 today. It's the first time since 1969 that Buc pitchers have whiffed 10+ batters three games in a row when Bob Veale, Bob Moose and Dock Ellis turned the trick.
- Josh ran his hit streak to 11, the longest of the year for a Bucco to date. Jung-Ho kept on keepin' on, too, stretching his hitting streak to seven games. Fran Cervelli had three hits, Cutch and El Coffee had a pair, and Jordy had a day to build on with a double and two walks.
- The attendance of 37,784 was the fourth sellout of the season and second straight of the series.
- Andrew Keh of The New York Times featured Jung-Ho Kang in his article today.
- The Bucs are expecting to announce just what the second opinion on Nick Kingham's elbow is next week; seems odd that it takes three weeks for a determination.
- Casey McGehee was DFA'ed by the Giants today.
- AJ isn't the only guy that adjusted his pitching style as time rolled on; Tim Healy of Sports on Earth wrote that Tim Lincecum made the same switch.