PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Pedro Martinez | Box
It almost happened again. Pedro Martinez limited the Pirates. Zach Duke was marginally ineffective. And the Mets bullpen almost gave away the game.
Pedro gave up just one run through seven innings of work. But the Pirates put 3 on the board in the 9th and sent the tying run to the plate. No dice. Pedro Feliciano (no relation to Jose, I’m told) retired Ryan Doumit and Adam LaRoche with two on in the 9th to preserve Pedro’s win.
Ramon Castro and Jose Reyes each homered and knocked in two to support Martinez. Andy LaRoche homered and doubled and Jack Wilson had three hits including a run scoring double in the 9th.
Romulo Sanchez tossed the 8th and needed 31 pitches to allow one run on one hit and three walks. Good grief.
As Morrissey and Johnny Marr once wrote in the 1980s, “Stop me, stop me stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.” Zach Duke and Pedro Martinez oppose each other for the second time in 10 days. Pedro pitched well enough to win, but the bullpen blew the win for him.
Has the Pirates offense been missing Jason Bay? Rhetorical question, requiring no answer. But, I’ll answer anyway with an emphatic yes. In 14 games in August, the Pirates have scored more than four runs just four times. They have just 41 runs in those games for an average of less than three runs per contest.