[June 28, 2014]PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison had one
heck of an off day.
The super utility player was not in the lineup Friday night after
starting 12 straight games between second base, third base and right
field for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Yet Harrison's two-out double in the bottom of the 11th inning gave
the Pirates a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.
Harrison pinch hit in the seventh inning and then stayed in the game
at third base. He wound up going 2-for-3.
"I know there's always a chance I'm going to be in there at some
point," Harrison said with a smile. "I always keep myself ready to
play, just in case."
Pinch-hitter Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk from Victor Black
(1-2). After shortstop Jordy Mercer struck out, Harrison hit a drive
to the 375-foot sign in right-center field.
It was the third walk-off hit of Harrison's four-year career and
helped the Pirates (41-39) move two games above .500 for the first
time since April 10. Catcher Russell Martin also had two hits for
"It's part of the journey we're on," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle
said. "There are different mile markers along the way. We've always
held on to fact that our goal is to get better every day as a team
and individuals and get a little better every month. We believe
we're in the right lane."
Jared Hughes (4-2) pitched two innings for the win as he combined
with left-hander Justin Wilson and right-hander Mark Melancon on
four scoreless relief innings.
Rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud had three hits for the Mets, who lost
their fourth straight game, and second baseman Daniel Murphy added
The Pirates loaded the bases in the 10th inning with one out, but
right-hander Jennry Mejia escaped that jam by striking out second
baseman Neil Walker and getting Martin to fly out to right field.
"We didn't do much during the game," Mets manager Terry Collins
said."Certainly Mejia did a great job of getting out of it. Their
bullpen did a great job. They got to the playoffs because of their
bullpen last year."
Both rookie right-handed starters did not figure in the decision but
pitched well as New York's Jacob deGrom gave up two runs and five
hits in 6 2/3 innings and Pittsburgh's Brandon Cumpton allowed two
runs and six hits in seven innings.
deGrom was happy that some recent work with pitching coach Dan
Warthen increased his velocity.
"I feel like I'm really throwing the ball well right now," deGrom
Cumpton is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five June starts after giving up
11 runs in 3 2/3 innings on May 31 in a loss to the Dodgers at Los
The teams exchanged two-run singles in the fourth to open the
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit one in the top half of the inning
to put New York ahead 2-0. Mercer answered in the bottom half to tie
The score stayed 2-2 until Harrison won it in the 11th.
"I asked Josh how he enjoyed his off day," Hurdle said with a smile.
"I think he enjoyed it a lot."
He certainly did.
"There's no better feeling than getting a hit like that," Harrison
NOTES: Mets 3B David Wright was scratched from Friday night's game
because of a sore left shoulder and will return to New York on
Saturday to have an MRI. He said the shoulder had been nagging him
since he stole a base June 13 against Milwaukee. INF/OF Eric
Campbell started at third. ... Pirates RHP Jason Grilli was traded
to the Los Angeles Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri. Both pitchers were
removed as their team's closer in the last week. ... Pittsburgh will
activate RHP Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) from the disabled list
Saturday and he will start against Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (4-4,
2.78). Cole has been sidelined since June 4 with right shoulder
fatigue. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte did not start for a third
straight game because of a jammed right middle finger but pinch-ran
in the seventh inning and is expected to play Saturday. ... Mets OF
Chris Young got an increasingly rare start against a right-handed
pitcher, playing left field and going 0-for-5 in place of LF Eric
Young Jr., as manager Terry Collins wanted to get Chris Young in the
lineup after he hit a combined three home runs in two games against
Oakland on Tuesday and Wednesday.