Manager Clint Hurdle stood in the dugout in the 11th inning of the Pirates' 3-2 win against New York Friday night, watching Mets pitcher Gonzalez Germen make his major league debut. Germen, 25, had a 5.52 ERA this season for Class AAA Las Vegas. "Somebody made a comment in the stands over my shoulder, 'He's got a five and a half ERA,' and I wanted to turn around and say, well, if you've ever been to the [hitter-friendly] PCL and Las Vegas, that's not bad," Hurdle joked. On second base stood Andrew McCutchen, his left hand smarting from a spike after he stole second to put himself in scoring position. "I wish I could have went a little earlier," McCutchen said. "It worked out, I was able to get in scoring position and be able to get the next couple guys an opportunity to drive me in." At the plate, Jordy Mercer wanted to go home. "We were all ready to go," Mercer said. "We've had some long games." Mercer's walk-off single ended the game in front of a sellout crowd of 39,036 at PNC Park. "You always want to be that guy," Mercer said. "You always want to get the game-winning hit, you always want to drive in the game-winning run. Luckily, it was me [Friday night], I don't know." Germen (0-1) walked McCutchen in the 11th. He struck out Pedro Alvarez, but McCutchen stole second, and with first base open Germen intentionally walked Russell Martin. Gaby Sanchez struck out swinging, but Mercer's ground-ball single up the middle scored McCutchen with the winning run. "We've seen a lot of rollover ground balls lately because the league's trying some different things and figuring him out," Hurdle said. "I really like the way he stood in there and saw something he liked and got after it and kept it in the middle." The Pirates and Mets each had chances to score in extra innings, but a series of pitching changes designed for particular matchups ensured that the 2-2 tie held.
Pirates beat Mets, 3-2, in 11th inning on Mercer's single
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jul 13