Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Game #154: Pirates 10, Mets 6

Collin McHugh? Try Collin McEwww.

McHugh was rocked in presumably his final start of the season and the Pirates overshadowed David Wright tying Ed Kranepool's franchise hits record by delivering the Mets a 10-6 loss.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Collin McHugh didn't help his cause against folks who thought he'd be a one-hit wonder after his debut against the Rockies last month: he got just 4 outs while allowing 7 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.
  • Elvin Ramirez let another run in in the 5th and Jon Rauch served up a 2-run homer in the 9th that iced it for Pittsburgh.
The Good Stuff:
  • After falling behind 4-0 in the top of the 1st, Justin Turner and David Wright went back-to-back in the next half inning to make it 4-3.
  • In the 7th, Wright laced a 2-run single to right field to give him 1,418 hits in his career, tying him with Ed Kranepool, the true Mr. Met, atop the Mets' all-time hit list. The 3 RBIs on the night gave him 88, which tie him with Ike Davis for the team lead this year.
  • Ruben Tejada went 2-4 and scored twice.
Final Analysis:
On Sunday David Wright talked about how his chase of this latest Kranepool record has been "bittersweet."  I think we can understand him: sure, it's great to have this record, but it's bittersweet because the team is struggling, it's bittersweet because New York lost tonight, and, as I mentioned on Rising Apple yesterday, bittersweet because of a potential future in which Wright isn't a Met. But David's reached the summit now and should surpass Mr. Kranepool either tomorrow or Thursday, the team's home finale. Right now wouldn't it be nice just to put aside all the bitter stuff and celebrate the sweetness of #5 coming closer to bearing the all-time torch for this ballclub?


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