Another extra innings game, another loss for the New York Mets at Citi Field against Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Mets: 3 (63-54)
- Pirates: 5 (68-46)
- Win: Joe Blanton (2-0)
- Loss: Sean Gilmartin (1-1)
- Save: Mark Melancon (37)
It was a Francisco Cervelli lead-off double in the top of the 14th inning that started the downfall of New York Mets reliever Sean Gilmartin.
It led to a two-run Pittsburgh inning propelling them to a 5-3 victory on Saturday night, they’re second straight over the Mets.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 16, 2015
After the Cervelli double, Starling Marte hit a chopper to Daniel Murphy at first base. Instead of taking the easy out at first, he attempted an impossible play at third base to gun down Cervelli.
This boneheaded action by Murphy is what made a possible one run inning turn into two. Pinch hitter Chris Stewart and Sean Rodriguez singled in runs after the bad decision.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon came on for the save in the 14th to preserve the victory.
For the Mets, starter Jon Niese went six innings and gave up three runs and five hits in the no decision. Juan Uribe and Michael Conforto both homered for New York in a three run seventh inning that tied the ballgame up at three a piece.
Pirates lead-off man Gregory Polanco was the offensive star of the night. He finished 3-for-6 with a home run.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 15, 2015
This game featured tremendous defense on both sides. A well played contest by two potential NL playoff teams. No play better exemplified this than Yoenis Cespedes’s marvelous canon of a throw in the ninth to nab Sean Rodriguez at third base:
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 16, 2015
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