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Friday, July 05, 2013

Recap: Game 82 - D'Backs (5) at Mets (4) - Fourth of July Marathon goes to D'Backs

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N.Y. Mets (35-47)00000001104101

W: C. Roe (1-0) L: S. Rice (3-5) S: B. Ziegler (1)
HR: ARI - None   NYM - A. Recker (4),K. Nieuwenhuis (2)


Despite their best efforts, the Mets just couldn't overcome the Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series between the teams on Thursday.

Cliff Pennington's two-out RBI single in the top of the 15th inning ultimately proved to be the deciding hit that sent Arizona past New York by a 5-4 count, but not before the hosts made things interesting to stay alive.

Facing one-run deficits in the bottom of the 13th and 14th innings, Anthony Recker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit solo homers to prolong the contest.

Arizona's Brad Ziegler then stranded two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the 15th, inducing a game-ending grounder to first from Nieuwenhuis for his first save of the year. That ended a 5-hour, 46-minute marathon from Citi Field.

Chaz Roe (1-0) picked up the win despite serving up Nieuwenhuis' tying homer in the 14th, while Scott Rice (3-5) took the loss after giving up the go-ahead hit.

"It feels good to win the game. It wasn't a walk off, (Ziegler) had to go out there and toss a zero. It was big for us," Pennington said.

Wil Nieves finished with four hits and two RBI, while Martin Prado and Cody Ross added a run driven in for the Diamondbacks, who earned a split.

D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks over seven innings, with Mets counterpart Dillon Gee also working seven frames and serving up six hits and two runs while fanning seven.

"Last time out I only went six. Tonight I wanted to keep going. Every time out I just try to get outs so I can stay in the ball game. In a game like this that would have been nice," Gee said.

Gee and Marlon Byrd each drove in a run for the Mets, who dropped the final two games in the set.

David Wright doubled with one down in the fourth, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a Byrd groundout to put the Mets on the board.

Arizona came back with two in the fifth, as Ross walked, Gerardo Parra bunted for a hit and both runners came around on a long single by Nieves.

In the home half, Omar Quintanilla doubled with one out and came in on Gee's two-out single to tie the game.

The D-Backs loaded the bases in the 13th off David Aardsma thanks to a single from Prado, a double by Paul Goldschmidt and an intentional walk to Eric Chavez, then a base on balls to Ross gave them a 3-2 edge.

However, Recker's two-out solo homer to left center off Heath Bell drew the Mets even.

The visitors went up 4-3 in the top of the 14th on Prado's two-out RBI single, only to see the hosts remain alive on Nieuwenhuis' line-drive to left which barely cleared the wall. Eric Young walked and Wright was later given a free pass, but Byrd was frozen on a called third strike to end the frame.

Game Notes

Arizona improved to 10-6 all time on America's birthday, while New York fell to 28-34 ... The Mets and Braves engaged in one of the all-time memorable July 4th contests back in 1985, with New York claiming a 16-13 win in 19 innings at Fulton County Stadium ... The Diamondbacks also improved to 10-3 in extra- inning contests this season ... Arizona participated in the second-longest game in franchise history, after an 18-inning contest at San Francisco on may 29, 2001 which took 5 hours, 53 minutes to complete.

Box Score:

Tony Campana CF603000002.300
  Aaron Hill PH-2B100000000.296
Martin Prado 2B-LF713100000.255
Paul Goldschmidt 1B602010011.302
Eric Chavez 3B600000012.299
Cody Ross LF-RF511100021.253
Gerardo Parra RF-CF722010000.300
Wil Nieves C704210002.397
Cliff Pennington SS712100002.230
Ian Kennedy P300000003.161
  Will Harris P000000000.000
  David Hernandez P000000000.000
  Jason Kubel PH100000000.259
  Josh Collmenter P000000000.167
  A.J. Pollock PH100000001.252
  Tony Sipp P000000000.000
  J.J. Putz P000000000.000
  Heath Bell P000000000.000
  Didi Gregorius PH000000000.280
  Chaz Roe P000000000.000
  Miguel Montero PH100000001.227
  Brad Ziegler P000000000.000
Eric Young LF500000021.261
Daniel Murphy 2B500000011.271
  David Aardsma P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Shaun Marcum PH000000000.150
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
David Wright 3B511010020.306
Marlon Byrd RF702100002.263
Josh Satin 1B601000013.353
Anthony Recker C711100101.177
Omar Quintanilla SS511010021.254
Juan Lagares CF400000003.223
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  John Buck PH100000001.205
  Jordany Valdespin 2B200000000.192
Dillon Gee P201100001.143
  Andrew Brown PH101000000.257
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF412100100.179

E_D.Murphy. LOB_Arizona 13, NY Mets 14. 2B_P.Goldschmidt, G.Parra, W.Nieves, D.Wright, O.Quintanilla. HR_A.Recker (4) off H.Bell, K.Nieuwenhuis (2) off C.Roe. S_D.Gregorius, S.Marcum. SB_T.Campana (2), E.Young (10). CS_T.Campana. GIDP_G.Parra. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy and O.Quintanilla), (J.Satin, A.Recker and J.Satin).

Ian Kennedy7.0622280116-785.16
Will Harris1.000002010-81.83
David Hernandez1.000001012-74.70
Josh Collmenter2.020000027-182.47
Tony Sipp0.200021020-84.26
J.J. Putz0.10000005-34.40
Heath Bell (B 4)1.011101113-104.59
Chaz Roe (W 1-0;B 1)1.011121128-144.91
Brad Ziegler (S 1)1.000020020-102.68
Dillon Gee7.062227097-654.45
LaTroy Hawkins1.010003017-122.97
Bobby Parnell1.000002018-132.56
Carlos Torres3.020002045-310.66
David Aardsma0.021120014-32.84
Josh Edgin0.20000002-25.30
Brandon Lyon1.131100025-164.98
Scott Rice (L 3-5)1.031101020-144.54

D.Aardsma pitched to 4 batters in the 13th.

IBB_off C.Roe (D.Wright), off D.Aardsma (E.Chavez).
T_5:46. A_24224.
Umpires_Home,Tim Welke; First, Mike Everitt; Second, Bruce Dreckman; Third, Quinn Wolcott.

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