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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 96 - A's at Mets - Gossett vs Montero - 1:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 96 - A's at Mets - Gossett vs Montero - 1:10 PM


Game 96 - Oakland A's (43-54, 15-31 Road) at New York Mets (45-50, 25-27 Home)

Probable Pitchers: OAK - Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) vs NYM - Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40 ERA)

TV/Radio: WPIX/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 1:10 PM

A pair of young starting pitchers will look to give their overworked bullpens a little break Sunday afternoon when the New York Mets host the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a three-game interleague series at Citi Field.

The Mets will go for the series sweep when right-hander Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40 ERA) opposes Athletics right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79). New York earned a 6-5 victory Saturday when Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth inning capped a comeback from a 5-0 deficit.

It was the second straight comeback win for the Mets (44-50), who trailed twice in a 7-5 victory Friday, and the fourth straight victory overall. The Athletics (43-54) have lost four of five.

On Saturday, the Mets received four innings of shutout ball Saturday from three low-leverage relievers -- Josh Smoker, Josh Edgin and winning pitcher Hansel Robles -- who hadn't appeared together in a win since April 13.

The trio was forced into action because the Mets' usual late-inning quartet -- Paul Sewald, Erik Goeddel, Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins -- combined to throw 68 pitches in recording the final nine outs Friday.

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22: Columbia Shuts Out Kannapolis 4-0

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22: Columbia Shuts Out Kannapolis 4-0


Mets AAA - Memphis 2, Las Vegas 1: Matt Pearce allowed just four hits over seven innings, leading the Memphis Redbirds over the Las Vegas 51s in a 2-1 win on Saturday. Pearce (1-0) allowed one run while striking out five to get the win. After five scoreless innings, Memphis got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Nick Martini hit a two-run single. Las Vegas answered in the next half-inning when Jayce Boyd hit a solo home run to get within one. Ricky Knapp (4-12) went seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits to take the hard-luck loss in the Pacific Coast League game. He also struck out four and walked one. Josh Lucas recorded his ninth save of the season. BOX

Mets AA - Harrisburg 7, Binghamton 3: Raudy Read hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 7-3 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Saturday. The double by Read started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the Senators a 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Jose Marmolejos scored on a ground out and Osvaldo Abreu hit an RBI single. The Senators tacked on another run in the sixth when Zach Collier scored on a force out. Starter Austin Voth (1-1) got the win while Corey Taylor (5-5) took the loss in relief in the Eastern League game. BOX

Mets A (ADV) - Florida 5, St. Lucie 4: Anfernee Seymour hit a sacrifice fly and drove in Matt Gonzalez with the winning run in the 15th inning, as the Florida Fire Frogs defeated the St. Lucie Mets 5-4 on Saturday. Gonzalez scored the game-winning run after he reached base with a single and advanced to third on a hit batsman. One batter earlier, Ray-Patrick Didder was hit by a pitch, scoring Brett Cumberland to tie the game 4-4. The Mets took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 15th when Patrick Mazeika hit an RBI single, scoring Wuilmer Becerra. Josh Graham (2-3) got the win in relief while Alex Palsha (2-2) took the loss in the Florida State League game. In the losing effort, St. Lucie got contributions throughout its order, as five players recorded at least two hits. Becerra singled twice, also stealing three bases. Despite the loss, St. Lucie is 6-3 against Florida this season. BOX

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 95 - A's (5) at Mets (6) - Mets Come Back From Fives Runs Down, Flores Wins it In Ninth With Homer

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Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 95 - A's (5) at Mets (6) - Mets Come Back From Fives Runs Down, Flores Wins it In Ninth With Homer

Oakland Athletics v New York MetsThe New York Mets episode "The One Where Wilmer Hits The Dramatic Walk-Off Homer Around The Trade Deadline" officially got a sequel Saturday night.

The Mets' flickering playoff hopes rely on the second episode unfolding at least half as well as the first.

Wilmer Flores hit his second career walk-off homer, a line drive shot to left with two outs in the ninth inning, to cap a stirring comeback by the Mets, who scored the game's final six runs to edge the Oakland Athletics 6-5 at Citi Field.

The Mets and starting pitcher Zack Wheeler fell behind 4-0 in the first and were being blanked on five hits entering the sixth before storming back against Athletics starter Sean Manaea and four relievers.

Wheeler and a trio of relievers unaccustomed to high-leverage situations -- Josh Smoker, Josh Edgin and Hansel Robles -- combined to blank Oakland over the final six innings.

"The way things have been going, if you can help out in a big win like this if you can make an impact, I think it helps the entire spirit of the club," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Now the Mets (45-50), who have won four straight but are 10 games behind in the National League wild card race, hope Flores' second walk-off homer resonates as much as his first one did.

Flores' 12th-inning homer hours after the trade deadline July 31, 2015 lifted the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals and started a season-ending 38-22 run by New York, which won the NL East and advanced to the World Series.

That blast came two days after Flores, believing he was about to be traded with Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez, was captured by television cameras wiping tears from his eyes while he played shortstop.

There have been no tears for Flores lately, just a spate of trade rumors involving the 25-year-old utility infielder, who has only started twice since the All-Star Break, as well as several of his veteran teammates.

"You get used to one place and you obviously don't want to leave," said Flores, who was signed by the Mets on his 16th birthday in 2007. "Got all my friends here and you feel comfortable in one place. You want to stay."

Flores, who steps to the plate to the theme from the sitcom "Friends," whose every episode's title began with "The One ...," began the rally in the sixth inning Saturday, when he hit a leadoff double and scored on Jay Bruce's two-run homer.

One out later, Jose Reyes legged out his second triple of the game after Khris Davis made an awkward leap for his fly ball at the track in left. Travis d'Arnaud followed with an RBI single and scored on a two-out double by Michael Conforto.

The Mets tied the score in the eighth when d'Arnaud doubled with two outs and scored on Lucas Duda's pinch-hit RBI single.

Robles (6-1), who earned his second win in as many nights, worked around a two-out walk in the top of the ninth before Flores hit a 1-0 pitch off rookie Simon Castro (0-1) well into the left field seats.

Smoker, Edgin and Robles allowed just three hits over four innings. The trio, forced into key duty because Addison Reed and Erik Goeddel each threw the previous two days and Jerry Blevins earned a five-out save Friday appeared together in a Mets victory for only the second time this season and the first since a 16-inning win over the Miami Marlins on April 13.

"We've got to score some runs in the middle innings, too, when we've knocked their starter out," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. "We have to try to lengthen our lead at that point."

Wheeler gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six over five innings, though he allowed only one runner beyond first base in his final three innings.

"Because we were so short in our pen tonight, we had to get five or six out of him," Collins said. "Allowed us to set up the bullpen the way we did."
D'Arnaud had three hits for the Mets.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Brodey and Gamache Total 7 RBI's In Cyclone Win

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Brodey and Gamache Total 7 RBI's In Cyclone Win

Mets AAA - Memphis 6, Las Vegas 0: Nick Martini had three hits and four RBI, and Jack Flaherty struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Las Vegas 51s 6-0 on Friday. Flaherty (2-1) allowed four hits to get the win. In the bottom of the second, Memphis took the lead on a single by Martini that scored Patrick Wisdom and Jose Adolis Garcia. The Redbirds then added two runs in both the third and eighth innings. In the third, Harrison Bader and Garcia scored on an error, while Martini hit a two-run double in the eighth. Wilfredo Boscan (4-9) went five innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the Pacific Coast League game. He also struck out three and walked one. The 51s were held scoreless for the fifth time this season, while the Redbirds' staff recorded their third shutout of the year. BOX

Mets AA - Harrisburg 1, Binghamton 0: Jose Marmolejos hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 1-0 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday. Starter Wirkin Estevez (3-1) got the win while Ben Griset (3-1) took the loss in relief in the Eastern League game. Braulio Lara recorded his first save of the season. The Rumble Ponies were held scoreless for the fifth time this season, while the Senators' staff recorded their fourth shutout of the year. BOX

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