"We weren't able to make pitches," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We weren't able to execute the fastball for the most part or the slider. Just too many pitches when you get up to 30 pitches and the two walks painted him in a bad corner."
"He's steady Eddie," Hurdle said about Mercer. "He's raised his average 80 points and now he has seven homers and 28 RBIs, which is impressive from where he was from a month ago."