Saturday, April 05, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 4 - Reds (3) at Mets (4) - Dipity Duda, Mejia Gets the Win


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Cincinnati
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New York
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W: J. Mejia (1-0) L: M. Leake (0-1) S: J. Valverde (1)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (2)   NYM - L. Duda (1),L. Duda (2)





Recap:


Lucas Duda launched a pair of two-run homers, Jenrry Mejia struck out a career-high eight batters, and the New York Mets claimed their first win of the season with a 4-3 decision over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Duda took Cincinnati starter Mike Leake deep in the fourth and then again in the sixth to provide plenty of run support for Mejia (1-0), who held the Reds to one run on four hits and five walks over six frames.

New York reliever John Lannan served up a two-run blast to Jay Bruce in the seventh that brought the Reds within one, but Kyle Farnsworth fanned Ryan Ludwick to end the frame before working a scoreless eighth.

Free-agent acquisition Jose Valverde then stranded Reds on first and second in the ninth to nail down his first save with the Mets.

Bruce finished 2-for-5 and knocked in all three Cincinnati runs, while Leake (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames for the Reds, who dropped two-of-three to St. Louis to open the season.

Cincinnati nearly broke through in the opening frame, as Brandon Phillips crushed a 1-2 changeup deep into left field. However, Eric Young, Jr. raced back to the warning track and made a leaping grab at the wall to keep the game scoreless.

The Reds eventually pushed a run across in the third when Bruce followed a two-out walk from Joey Votto with a single to center to score Roger Bernadina, who worked a one-out free pass.

Duda's power display started in the fourth, as he followed Curtis Granderson's leadoff double with a drive over the wall in right-center field to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

After going down in order in the fifth, New York doubled its lead in the sixth when Duda drilled a 2-1 sinker from Leake over the right-field wall to make it 4-1 in favor of the Mets.

Bruce belted his second homer of the season with two outs in the seventh to slice Cincinnati's deficit to one, but New York's bullpen closed the door over the final two frames to secure the team's first win.

Game Notes

Duda recorded his fifth career multi-homer game ... Mejia, who went 1-2 with a 2.30 earned run average in five starts last season, threw a career-high 101 pitches ... Prior to the game, Young was awarded the Lou Brock Award for leading the National League in steals last year with 46 ...  Cincinnati went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.




Box Score:
CincinnatiABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Roger Bernadina CF210000032.000
Brandon Phillips 2B512000000.250
Joey Votto 1B401000011.400
Jay Bruce RF512300103.250
Ryan Ludwick LF401000002.273
  Manny Parra P000000000.000
  J.J. Hoover P000000000.000
Todd Frazier 3B401000000.400
Brayan Pena C201000020.125
  Billy Hamilton PR000000000.000
  Tucker Barnhart C000000000.000
Ramon Santiago SS400000001.000
Mike Leake P300000002.000
  Chris Heisey LF100000000.286
Totals34383001611
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Eric Young LF300000011.000
Daniel Murphy 2B402000000.429
David Wright 3B411000000.333
Curtis Granderson RF311010010.188
Lucas Duda 1B322400211.222
Juan Lagares CF400000000.333
Travis d`Arnaud C300000001.000
  Kyle Farnsworth P000000000.000
  Jose Valverde P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS300000000.231
Jenrry Mejia P200000001.000
  John Lannan P000000000.000
  Anthony Recker C100000000.000
Totals3046410234


E_D.Murphy. LOB_Cincinnati 10, NY Mets 5. 2B_C.Granderson. HR_J.Bruce (2) off J.Lannan, L.Duda (1) off M.Leake, L.Duda (2) off M.Leake. CS_B.Hamilton. GIDP_B.Phillips. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and L.Duda).
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Mike Leake (L 0-1)6.2544332108-595.40
Manny Parra1.010001020-130.00
J.J. Hoover0.10000004-20.00
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jenrry Mejia (W 1-0)6.0411580101-661.50
John Lannan (H 1)0.222201119-1136.00
Kyle Farnsworth (H 1)1.110001017-113.86
Jose Valverde (S 1)1.010011014-90.00


T_2:59. A_35845. Umpires_Home,John Tumpane; First, John Hirschbeck; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, James Hoye. Game Notes Duda recorded his fifth career multi-homer game ... Mejia, who went 1-2 with a 2.30 earned run average in five starts last season, threw a career-high 101 pitches ... Prior to the game, Young was awarded the Lou Brock Award for leading the National League in steals last year with 46 ... Valverde signed with the Mets as a free agent in February ... Cincinnati went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
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