Pirates Hammer Harvey

Myworld is at the East Coast volleyball championships in Pittsburgh. Our pool play finished early so myworld decided to walk over to PNC Park to see the Mets play the Pirates. Brian Harvey was pitching for the Mets. It was Josh Harrison bobble head day as well. There were only standing room only tickets available for the game, at $27 per pop. Plenty of other people decided to catch the game in sunny mid 70s degree weather. Over 102 percent capacity.

The Pirates were not too kind to Matt Harvey. Andrew McCutcheon took Harvey deep into the pitchers bullpen in centerfield with a runner on first in the opening frame to give the Pirates a quick 2-0 lead. Pedro Alvarez drove the first pitch from Harvey into the upper deck of the bleachers in right field in the second inning.

Harvey got blasted for four runs in the fourth, walking two and giving up three hits. Alvarez hit a double down the right field line to score one. A couple walks loaded the bases where the final three runs were scored on a sacrifice fly from A.J. Burnett and a two run single from Josh Harrison. Harvey was pinch hit for in the top of the fifth ending his day at four innings. It was his shortest outing of his career.

A.J. Burnett was dealing for the Pirates. He allowed a runner to reach second base in the second inning and gave up his only run in the fourth. Three singles scored a run and put runners at first and second with one out. Eric Cambell grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. The Pirates went on to win the game 8-2.

The Pirates scored a run in the seventh on back to back doubles from Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Ruben Tejeda hit a solo shot in the eighth to finish the scoring.

Game Notes: Myworld had the pierogies at Mrs. T in the ballpark. Lots of sour cream and only $5 for five or six small dumplings of pierogies…There was a big contingent of Mets fans there to watch Matt Harvey. They all carried their thunder sticks, getting there tickets from “the7line.com.” They call themselves the Number 7 army when they go into another stadium…There was a play in which Duda struck out on a check swing strike, but the ball bounded back to the backstop. With a runner on first the batter could not advance but the runner went to second. The team that got the strikeout (Pirates) appealed the play. They won. Because the check swing had hit the batter in the leg it is still a strikeout but the ball is dead and the runner must return to first. Daniel Murphy hit a single down the right field line that would have scored the run if he had not returned to first…Matt Harvey was hitting 95-97 but he was mostly 88-92, pitching too many of his breaking pitches. The Mets were not being fooled, striking out four times. He also claimed not to have any command of his pitches…A.J. Burnett struck out 10 hitters.

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