Welp, it was just a matter of it becoming “mathematically official.” And tonight, the Pirates were mathematically eliminated from the 2012 postseason when they got shut out by the Mets.
Jeff Locke got through the Mets’ lineup once with ease, but fell apart the second time around. After Ruben Tejada reached with a single, Locke had him picked-off and dead to rights. As he broke for second, Garrett Jones‘ throw deflected off Tejada’s back, allowing him to reach second. He ended up scoring on a single, and David Wright drove in another run on an infield single that was thrown away. The single set the record for most hits in Mets franchise history, which is pretty cool. Locke gave up two more runs, and after three innings, it was 4-0 NYM.
Locke surrendered another run in the fourth, and was chased after just 3.2 innings. The bullpen did a solid job of closing out the last 4.1 innings, with the only other run coming off of Jeff Karstens in the sixth.
On offense, the Bucs were dominated by Jeremy Hefner. They mustered just three hits, and couldn’t even advance a runner past second. Hefner threw seven shutout-innings, and a guy with an ERA of 11+ closed out the final two innings.
Seven games left. The Pirates need to go 6-1 to finish with a winning record.
Pirates (76-79) – Mets (71-84)
Win: Hefner (3-7)
Loss: Locke (0-3)