June 12, 2011: Capuano Leads Shutout of Pirates

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Date: June 12, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 7
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Chris Capuano, Jose Reyes, Scott Hairston, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Beltran’s two-run single, Reyes’ and Hairston’s home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the third of four games in a series at PNC Park. Chris Capuano and a pair of relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 7-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

Capuano and the Pirates’ Kevin Correia each started the game with six scoreless innings pitched. Chris gave up three hits (including a double by Correia) and two walks while recording four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Correia yielded only singles to Jason Bay and Jose Reyes after retiring the first fourteen Mets batters. With one out in the top of the seventh, Daniel Murphy singled and advanced to third base on a single by Angel Pagan. Bay followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Murphy with the first run of the game. On the play, Pagan was caught in a rundown and tagged out by shortstop Ronny Cedeno to end the inning. Capuano then set down all three Pittsburgh hitters in the bottom half.

In the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Willie Harris and Reyes got back-to-back singles with two outs. Justin Turner doubled to score Harris and send Reyes to third base. Correia was replaced on the mound by Bucs’ reliever Chris Resop, who surrendered a single to Carlos Beltran that brought home Reyes and Turner. Murphy singled against Pittsburgh’s Daniel Moskos to send pinch-runner Jason Pridie to third. An ensuing single by Pagan plated Pridie for a 5-0 Mets lead. Moskos retired Bay on a grounder to Cedeno to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

For the Pirates, reliever Daniel McCutchen got Josh Thole to fly out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen to begin the top of the ninth. Ruben Tejada went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston hit a home run. Reyes followed with a homer for the Mets’ seventh run and Turner grounded out to Cedeno to finish off the inning. Andrew McCutchen singled against the Mets’ Bobby Parnell to open the bottom half. Neil Walker was called out on strikes and Lyle Overbay singled to right field. Brandon Wood flied out to center fielder Pagan. Parnell then struck out Cedeno to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of three pitchers.