Pirates-Mets: Yates Losses It Again In Relief

Brian WolffCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 19:  Tyler Yates #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the MLB game against the Chicago Cubs on April 19, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


NEW YORK, May 8 —Jeff Karsons got into trouble early against the Mets, gving up a lead off walk to Jese Rayez, who then stole second base.  Luis Castilla then followed with an infield single that Adam LaRoche could not get to the pitcher.  Castill then stole second, runners at second and third with none out.  Then after Carlos Beltram flied out, Carlos Delgado singled scoring the two runners, Mets 2-0.  David Wright then struck out and Daniel Murphy grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Mets looking to test the young catcher attempted thee steals, successful on the first two.  Robinzon Diaz was late and off target on both failed pick-off moves to second.  

Niese had the curveball working and the Pirates went quietly in the second.  The only action was a deflected foul ball which caught the home base umpire hard right on the side of the mask and looked like it left him a little dazed.

In the third Brian Bixler lead off with a single and was sacrifice over by Karstons.  Nyjer Morgan then singled, scoring Bixler.  Freddy Sanchez grounded out to the shortstop and Morgan was safe at second with two outs.  Nate McLouth followed Morgan's second hit of the game with his own, a double to right, scoring Morgan.  Adam LaRoche grounded out to end the inning with the score tied at two.

In the bottom of the third Luis Castill got a single to start but Beltran hit a rocket that Andy LaRoche was able to glove at first and steepped on first for the double play.  Delgado struck out on Karstons curve ball to end the inning.

In the fifth Ryan Church got an infield single off the glove of Sanchez at second base. Niese then attempted a bunt but Diaz played it well, getting the lead runner at second.  The Pirates missed the double play when Bixler was out of position to make the throw to first.  Castillo grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

In the sixth Nate McLouth was looking to take advantage the middle inning lull and drove the ball to the wall, one out.  Adam LaRoche then singled into left.  Andy LaRoch then singled to right, LaRoches on first and second.  Brandon Moss struck out for the second out.  Diaz continued his poor hitting with runners on base, hitting a liner to left field for the third out.

In the bottom of the seventh Morgan made his second great defensive play of the game running down a hit by Alex Cora that dropped just inside the left field line, corralled it and made the throw to second to hold the runner.  That play made a pick-off of a steal attempt possible to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth the Mets had the top of the order coming up with Tyler Yates still on the mound for the Pirates, just in time for him to lose the game again.  

After a lead off single by Reyes, Yates walked Castillo who was showing bunt on four straight pitches.  Beltran followed with a single scoring Reyes.  A smart play by Morgan held the runners at first and second.  Sean Burnett came on in relief.  Delgado then hit Burnett's third pitch for a three-run-homer, Mets 6-2, still none out.  

After getting the first out Murpy doubled to right field.  Moss made a leaping throw but it came off hit glove, Moss with a slow reaction to the ball.  A wild pitch later and Murphy was on third.  Omir Santos then singled to center, scoring Murphy.  

Ryan Church hit a grounder for the second out and Santos moved to second.  Gary Sheffiled followed with a walk.  A passed ball by Diza then allowed Church to move to third and Reyes was coming to bat for the second time in the inning. Reyes was walked by Donnie Veal, on in relief, to load the bases.  Castillo flied out to end the inning, but the damage was done, Mets 7-2.

In the ninth with two outs the Pirates got consecutive walks from Hinske and Morgan.  Sanchez the singled to right, scoring Hinske, Morgan to third.  The rally fell short though as McLouth flied out to center to end the game.

The Pirates finished with three runs on eight hits.  The Mets got seven runs on 13 hits.  Yates gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, Burnett two runs on three hits and a walk.  The Pirates have lost six straight.  The Mets have one six staight.