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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 14 - Mets (9) at D'Backs (0) - Kirk Nieuwenhuis goes 3 for 5 with HR


New York


W: J. Mejia (2-0) L: B. Arroyo (1-1)
HR: NYM - K. Nieuwenhuis (1)   ARI - None


Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-0, in the middle contest of a three-game set.

Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the game to replace outfielder Juan Lagares on the active roster.

The Mets placed Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring. New York was also without right fielder Curtis Granderson, who is considered day-to-day after running into the fence, injuring his rib and forearm in Monday's win.

Eric Young collected three hits with two RBI and two runs scored and Andrew Brown also knocked in two RBI starting in place of Granderson.

New York starter Jenrry Mejia (2-0) went five innings and allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and two walks to earn the win. Mejia was cruising through the Diamondbacks order, but was taken out of the game after five scoreless frames because of a blister on his throwing hand.

Gonzalez Germen pitched three scoreless innings in relief and Kyle Farnsworth pitched a perfect ninth as Mets pitching held the Diamondbacks to just three hits. New York has won three of its last four.

Bronson Arroyo (1-1) was roughed up for nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings for Arizona, which has lost five straight. His ERA rocketed up to 9.95 over three starts this season.

New York opened the game with three straight hits to load the bases. Lucas Duda then grounded into a force out that scored Young.

Brown followed with a deep sacrifice fly to center that plated Daniel Murphy. Nieuwenhuis knocked in Duda with a single up the middle in his first at-bat of the season.

The Mets tacked on a crooked number in the top of the fourth when Nieuwenhuis crushed a two-run homer to right which increased the cushion to 5-0.

Arroyo then walked Travis d'Arnaud before Omar Quintanilla doubled to center. Mejia followed with a weak fly to left for the first out of the inning, then Young and Murphy each hit singles to make it an 8-0 game. Young knocked in two with his hit and scored all the way from first when Murphy's basehit was misplayed by A.J. Pollock in center.

Arroyo was chased shortly thereafter and Randall Delgado came on in relief, immediately loading the bases by hitting Duda. Brown grounded into a force out that plated Murphy and the Mets led 9-0 after 3 1/2 frames.

Gerardo Parra walked to lead off the home half of the fourth which was the first baserunner for Arizona. Paul Goldschmidt then ripped a single down the third-base line two batters later for the Diamondbacks' first hit of the night. Parra and Goldschmidt, however, were stranded on base as the fourth came to a close.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF523200001.255
Daniel Murphy 2B522000001.288
David Wright 3B502000001.246
Lucas Duda 1B410100000.275
Andrew Brown RF411200002.150
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF513300101.600
Travis d`Arnaud C210000021.154
Omar Quintanilla SS411010000.333
Jenrry Mejia P300000002.000
  Gonzalez Germen P100000001.000
  Kyle Farnsworth P000000000.000
Gerardo Parra RF300000010.250
Martin Prado 3B400000002.231
Paul Goldschmidt 1B401000001.328
Miguel Montero C400000000.259
Aaron Hill 2B400000002.221
Mark Trumbo LF300000000.209
Chris Owings SS201000011.320
A.J. Pollock CF301000000.233
Bronson Arroyo P100000000.250
  Randall Delgado P000000000.000
  Eric Chavez PH100000000.235
  Oliver Perez P000000000.000
  J.J. Putz P000000000.000
  Tony Campana PH100000000.353
  Addison Reed P000000000.000

E_A.Pollock. LOB_NY Mets 6, Arizona 5. 2B_O.Quintanilla. HR_K.Nieuwenhuis (1) off B.Arroyo. SF_A.Brown.

Jenrry Mejia (W 2-0)5.020023077-482.81
Gonzalez Germen3.010002034-250.87
Kyle Farnsworth1.000001014-111.35
Bronson Arroyo (L 1-1)3.1109911164-469.95
Randall Delgado1.200012029-167.15
Oliver Perez2.010004027-186.14
J.J. Putz1.010001016-111.50
Addison Reed1.000002012-82.57

HBP_by R.Delgado (L.Duda). 
T_2:49. A_21969.
Umpires_Home,Gabe Morales; First, Mike DiMuro; Second, Jerry Layne; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt.
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