It was bound to happen. Paul Maholm didn’t have a particularly sharp outing, though he was undone by one bad inning. The Mets batted around in a five run fourth inning to push open a 1-0 game. They would go onto win 10-1.
Maholm lasted six innings and gave up seven of the 10 Mets tallies. He struck out two.
On the flipside was John Maine. He won his third straight start with six innings of three hit ball. The Pirates only run scored on Paul Maholm’s first big league homer in the sixth inning.
The Mets had seven players collect at least two hits en route to a total of 17. Jose Reyes drove in three runs. Carlos Beltran homered off Maholm in the fifth.
Andy LaRoche cracked a pair of doubles
Too much badness. Maholm was ineffective for once.
The offense continues to remain stagnant.
The Pirates scored 70 runs in their first 15 games (4.7 runs per game) to go 9-6 in that stretch. In the most recent batch of 15 games, the club has scored just 56 times (3.7 runs per game) and went 3-12.
The last Pirate pitcher to homer was Matt Morris on 8/4/07 in his first start as a Pirate. Somewhere in Oakland, Rajai Davis is smiling. The last Pirate pitcher to homer twice in one season was Brian Fisher back in 1987.