Taijuan Walker would only throw 35 pitches as he would give up six runs, three coming on a huge blunder by the pitcher. While it did look like the ball might have hit the batter’s shin while coming out of the box, Walker shouldn’t have given up on the play.
Drew Smith pitched 2.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out a pair. Miguel Castro had a bounce back appearance as the right hander pitched a scoreless inning, now bring his ERA to 3.65 on the year.
Travis Blankenhorn aka Blanken-bomb came off of the pine and went “bench-mob” on pitcher Brubaker with a three-run home run. The home run, his first of his career, would cut the lead to 4-6. Although it’s just six at-bats, Blankenhorn is hitting .333 in his last seven games and is proving to be a solid bench piece.
Left-hander Aaron Loup threw two scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to 1.48 after making his 33rd appearance. Jeurys Familia picked up the win as the righty lowered his ERA to 3.68 after pitching a pair of scoreless innings of his own.
While some fans have been piling on Michael Conforto and his sub .200 batting average, he’s still been getting on base at a .347 clip. However, today it was the long ball as Conforto hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning off of Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez.
Trevor May picked up his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless bottom half of the ninth. May did walk a batter but also struck one out as he lowered his ERA to 3.38 after making his 37th appearance.
The Mets will travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game set. Jerad Eickhoff will be on the mound as the Reds plan to send right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the hill for the 7:10 PM start.