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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Recap: Game 139 - Mets (1) at Indians (8) - The Wheels come off in Cleveland, Kazmir sticks it to Mets

N.Y. Mets (63-76)000000100171
Cleveland (75-65)«11001104x8101
W: S. Kazmir (8-7) L: Z. Wheeler (7-4)
HR: NYM - J. Turner (1)   CLE - N. Swisher (16)


Scott Kazmir sticks it to the Mets. In his first career appearance against his former club, the left-handed hurler fanned a season-high 12 batters to drive the Cleveland Indians to an 8-1 victory, their fourth in five games.

Nick Swisher completed the rout with an eighth inning grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in two and Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall contributed an RBI apiece to back the spectacular performance from Kazmir (8-7), who scattered only four hits over six innings of work.

The Mets countered their former phenom with current stud Zack Wheeler (7-4), who was less than phenomenal on Friday. He walked five while laboring through five innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits.

Like Wheeler, the Mets had high hopes for Kazmir, who quickly became one of the organization's top prospects after being selected with the 15th overall pick in 2002.

Finally getting the chance to go face-to-face with his former club, Kazmir flashed the overpowering repertoire that made him so successful early in his career. In the first, third and sixth innings, he struck out the side and didn't walk a batter over the duration of his outing.

New York's only score came on Justin Turner's first homer of the season in the seventh, but Cleveland was in control of a 4-1 lead at that point following back-to-back doubles from Yan Gomes and Chisenhall in the sixth.

Game Notes

New York's Andrew Brown struck out four times and Josh Satin fanned on three occasions ... Wheeler was 5-0 in his previous eight road starts ... It was the most strikeouts for Kazmir since fanning a career-best 13 on Aug. 25, 2007 against the Oakland A's ... New York was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF301000001.254
Daniel Murphy 2B401000002.284
Josh Satin DH401000003.288
Andrew Brown RF400000004.254
Lucas Duda 1B401000000.247
Justin Turner SS411100101.260
Juan Lagares CF302010001.272
Travis d`Arnaud C300000001.154
Wilmer Flores 3B300000002.219
Michael Bourn CF221100020.263
Nick Swisher 1B512400100.239
Jason Kipnis 2B400000013.281
  Mike Aviles 3B000000000.264
Carlos Santana DH201200020.261
Jason Kubel LF200000011.286
  Matt Carson PR-LF101000000.667
Asdrubal Cabrera SS400000000.234
Yan Gomes C412010001.300
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B211110020.224
  Jose Ramirez PR-2B010000000.000
Drew Stubbs RF422010001.238

E_W.Flores, Y.Gomes. LOB_NY Mets 5, Cleveland 8. 2B_J.Lagares, Y.Gomes, L.Chisenhall, D.Stubbs. HR_J.Turner (1) off C.Allen, N.Swisher (16) off T.Byrdak. SF_M.Bourn, C.Santana. SB_D.Stubbs (16). CS_E.Young, D.Stubbs. GIDP_J.Turner, L.Chisenhall. DP_NY Mets 1 (L.Duda, J.Turner and Z.Wheeler); Cleveland 1 (J.Kipnis, A.Cabrera and N.Swisher).

Zack Wheeler (L 7-4)5.053253092-493.38
Gonzalez Germen2.031111034-214.44
David Aardsma0.112211016-104.96
Tim Byrdak0.212211122-149.00
Scott Kazmir (W 8-7)6.0400012097-724.17
Cody Allen1.021100116-112.45
Joe Smith (H 21)1.01000109-62.43
Matt Albers1.000002010-83.46

HBP_by S.Kazmir (E.Young).
T_2:58. A_15962.
Umpires_Home,Gary Darling; First, Jerry Meals; Second, Paul Emmel; Third, Chris Conroy.

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