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Brubaker Struggles, Exits Early In Pirates 7-1 Loss To Mets On Clemente Day



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The New York Mets struck early and often against JT Brubaker as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 at Citi Field on Clemente Day.

After Brubaker struck out the first two batters in the first inning, the Mets (90-55) strung together three straight hits. The last of those three was a two-run double from Daniel Vogelbach.

In the third inning, Francisco Lindor clobbered a two-run homer to the second deck in right field to put New York ahead 4-0.

Later in the frame, Vogelbach added another run with an RBI single. The former Pirate went 2 for 2 with three RBIs in the game.

Brubaker (3-12) was taken out of the game after three innings with right lat discomfort. He threw three innings, allowed five runs on seven hits and punched out five.

Eric Stout, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, came in the game in relief of Brubaker. He allowed an RBI single to Mark Vientos in the fourth, the first hit of his major league career.

The Mets added their seventh run in the eighth when Pete Alonso was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Pirates (55-89) found the scoreboard in the second inning when Michael Chavis doubled in Cal Mitchell. Chavis finished the night with two hits.

That was all the Pirates could do against Mets starter Carlos Carrasco (15-6), who allowed one run over six innings and punched out a season-high 11 Pirates’ hitters.

In addition to Chavis, Bryan Reynolds also collected a pair of hits in the game for Pittsburgh. 

To celebrate Clemente Day, all uniformed personnel for both sides wore No. 21 on their jerseys.

The loss snaps the Pirates four-game winning streak, which as tied for a season-high.

The Bucs will look to bounce back on Friday night at 7:10. Mitch Keller (5-10, 4.01 ERA) will look to extend his current 15-straight scoreless inning streak. Taijuan Walker (11-4, 3.48 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets.


  • Fatigue Setting In?: After adding three more innings to his leger on Thursday night, Brubaker extends his career-high innings mark to 141.1 on the season. After pitching pretty well for a good chunk of the season, the right-hander hasn’t been as sharp of late even before exiting this game early. In his last four starts, Brubaker has a 6.86 ERA (16er/21ip).
  • Too Many Ks: For the second straight game, the opposing starting pitcher has recorded double-digit strikeouts against Pittsburgh’s lineup. Carrasco had 11 in six innings in this one, and Reds starter Nick Lodolo also had 11 in 6.1 innings in the Pirates’ win on Wednesday night. In that game, the Bucs were sat down on strikes 14 times, and they were retired via the strikeout 16 times in this one.
  • Chavis Heating Up: After collecting two more hits, Chavis has reached base safely in all of his last eight starts for the Pirates and extended his hitting streak to four games. Over those eight games, Chavis is hitting .300 (9 for 30) with three doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Chavis has shown improved plate discipline with four walks over that span.

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