Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 77 - Mets at Dodgers - Torres Helps Mets sneak by Dodgers 3-2


Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

N.Y. Mets (41-36) «100110000360
L.A. Dodgers (43-34)000200000271

W: C. Young (2-1) L: C. Capuano (9-3)
S: B. Parnell (1)

HR: NYM - D. Wright (9)   LAD - None

Recap:
Andres Torres drove in the winner in the fifth as the New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game set.

David Wright went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI while Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas each scored a run for the Mets, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak. Chris Young (2-1) gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the win.

"It was fun with the pitching matchup, but I wanted to win the game," said Young. "My slider is getting sharper, but it's still a work in progress. I want to be better and I'll keep working hard to give my team a chance to win."

Elian Herrera and Juan Rivera each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who came into the contest having been blanked in all three games of a set against the Giants and have now lost five straight and nine of 10. Chris Capuano (9-3) lost for the first time in five starts as he gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

"I felt good and that I had better stuff tonight," said Capuano. "I hung a few pitches up there, but other than that I thought I made some pretty good pitches."

The Dodgers dropped a game back of the Giants for first place in the NL West. It's the first time since April 10 that they've been out of first place.

The Mets struck in their first at-bat as Tejada hit a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and came home thanks to Wright's double.

New York made it a 2-0 game in the fourth as Wright led off the frame with a shot over the left-center wall on a 1-1 pitch, his ninth of the year.

Los Angeles finally broke its scoreless streak in the fourth inning. Dee Gordon led off the frame with a double and Herrera quickly brought him home with a triple over the head of center fielder Torres. Rivera followed with a single to tie the game.

The runs broke a scoreless streak of 33 innings, the longest string for the team since 1962.

The game didn't stay tied for long, though, as the Mets took the lead back in the fifth. With one out, Nickeas singled and Young sacrificed him over to second. Torres followed with a double to right for a 3-2 lead.

Los Angeles threatened in the seventh as the team put men on first and second with two outs, but Tim Byrdak struck out Gordon to end the frame.

In the eighth, Herrera singled to start the frame, but Rivera grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and James Loney grounded out to end the inning.

Bobby Parnell worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets took five of seven from the Dodgers in 2011...Young improved to 3-5 in 15 starts against the Dodgers...Capuano fell to 0-5 in six career starts against the Mets...The Dodgers' longest scoreless streak was 41 innings, set from Aug. 21-24, 1908.

Box Score:

NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Andres Torres CF301110001.215
Ruben Tejada SS411000000.299
David Wright 3B312210111.361
Lucas Duda RF400000002.254
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Ronny Cedeno 2B000000000.273
Scott Hairston LF400000000.255
Ike Davis 1B400000001.197
Daniel Murphy 2B401000000.274
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Mike Nickeas C311000010.188
Chris Young P100000000.167
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Omar Quintanilla PH100000000.265
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF100000000.275
Totals3236320125
Los AngelesABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Dee Gordon SS411010001.227
  Josh Lindblom P000000000.000
  Scott Elbert P000000000.000
Elian Herrera 3B-SS412101000.257
Juan Rivera LF402100000.267
James Loney 1B400000000.240
Scott Van Slyke RF400000002.171
Adam Kennedy 2B-3B401000001.223
Matt Treanor C300000002.250
  Bobby Abreu PH100000000.268
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF301000000.256
Chris Capuano P100000001.087
  Jerry Hairston Jr. PH-2B000000010.313
Totals3227211017


E_J.Loney. LOB_NY Mets 6, Los Angeles 5. 2B_A.Torres, D.Wright, D.Gordon. 3B_E.Herrera. HR_D.Wright (9) off C.Capuano. S_C.Young, C.Capuano. SB_A.Torres (8). CS_A.Torres. GIDP_J.Rivera. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Chris Young (W 2-1)6.162206091-663.30
Tim Byrdak (H 14)0.200011010-63.05
Jon Rauch (H 8)1.01000009-64.20
Bobby Parnell (S 1)1.000000017-123.09
Los AngelesIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Chris Capuano (L 9-3)7.053305182-612.69
Josh Lindblom0.200010013-73.22
Scott Elbert1.110010018-83.04


PB_M.Nickeas.
IBB_off T.Byrdak (J.Hairston Jr.).
HBP_by J.Lindblom (A.Torres).
WP_C.Capuano.
T_2:45. A_49006.
Umpires_Home,Brian Gorman; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Larry Vanover; Third, Tony Randazzo.
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