May 28, 2014: Colon and Familia Shut Out Pirates
|Date: May 28, 2014|
|Mets starter: Bartolo Colon|
|Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon|
|Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, David Wright, Lucas Duda|
|Key play: Morton’s wild pitches, Wright’s single and homer, Duda’s home run|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bartolo Colon and Jeurys Familia combined for a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.
After a scoreless first inning, Colon shut down the Bucs again in the top of the second. Lucas Duda drew a walk against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton to lead off the bottom half. Duda advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Ruben Tejada grounded out to third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Lucas went to third on Juan Centeno’s ground out to shortstop Jordy Mercer. With Colon at bat, another wild pitch scored Duda and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Morton then struck out Bartolo to end the inning.
Colon pitched a perfect top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Daniel Murphy reached on a throwing error by Alvarez. On the play, Murphy went all the way to third as Mercer mishandled second baseman Neil Walker’s throw for another Pirates error. David Wright singled to score Murphy and extend the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Wright stole second and moved to third on Curtis Granderson’s ground out to Walker. Morton then retired Chris Young on a grounder to Alvarez to close out the inning.
Colon and Morton each hurled scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Bartolo recorded his 2,000th career strikeout during a scoreless top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Wright homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Granderson flied out to left fielder Starling Marte and a walk to Young ensued. Duda drew a walk and Morton was replaced on the mound by Bucs’ reliever Jared Hughes. With Tejada at the plate, Young was out at third base on catcher Chris Stewart’s throw to Alvarez. Tejada walked and Hughes got Centeno on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen for the inning’s final out.
Colon retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Pittsburgh reliever Bryan Morris surrendered only a walk to Murphy in the bottom half and Walker hit a one-out single against Colon in the top of the eighth. McCutchen singled and Familia came in to pitch for the Mets. Jeurys got Ike Davis on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy for an inning-ending double play. Granderson walked to open the bottom half. Curtis moved to second base on a balk and Young lined out to Mercer. Duda slugged a homer to lengthen the Mets’ lead to five runs. Tejada was called out on strikes and Centeno drew a walk. Familia followed with a single for his first major league hit. Morris then threw a called third strike past Juan Lagares to end the inning.
Marte grounded out to Murphy to begin the top of the ninth. Alvarez singled and Mercer hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wright. Mercer advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Familia then retired Stewart on a pop-up to catcher Centeno for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.