Showing posts with label 2012 Regular Season Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Regular Season Games. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Preview: Game 154 - Pirates at Mets - W. Rodriguez vs McHugh


Pittsburgh Pirates (75-78) at New York Mets (70-83) 7:10 PM ET
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W. Rodriguez (L) 31 11-13 3.765.25-53.959/20MILND4.0541-016.24.32
C. McHugh (R) 3 0-2 3.865.00-11.939/10WSHL4.0520-17.24.70

Preview:
Mid-season trade acquisition Wandy Rodriguez makes his 11th start in a Pittsburgh uniform tonight when the Pirates visit the New York Mets for the second of four games at Citi Field.

A 33-year-old Dominican southpaw, Rodriguez was 7-9 in 21 starts for Houston before the July trade and has since appeared in 11 games - starting 10 - with the Pirates while posting a 3.71 earned run average.

He's won three straight decisions with Pittsburgh in his last five starts, combining to allow 24 hits and 10 runs in 29 2/3 innings in the five games - in which Pittsburgh is 3-2.

Rodriguez last faced the Mets while with Houston on May 2 and emerged with an 8-1 win after allowing a run on six hits in seven innings.

He's 4-2 in eight career starts against New York with a 2.68 ERA.

The Mets oppose Rodriguez with rookie right-hander Collin McHugh, who'll make his sixth attempt at a first career victory.

Happy Recap: Game 153 - Pirates at Mets - Ike Davis hits two HRs in 6-2 win


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: J. Mejia (1-1) L: K. McPherson (0-2)
HR: PIT - None   NYM - I. Davis (29),I. Davis (30)

Recap:
Ike Davis hit two homers and knocked in five runs to lead the New York Mets to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday at Citi Field.

Davis smacked a two-run blast and a three-run shot in consecutive innings for the Mets, who have won four games in a row after losing five straight.

Making his second start of the season, Jenrry Mejia (1-1) tossed five scoreless for New York, but manager Terry Collins capped the 22-year-old's night after throwing 96 pitches. He allowed just four hits and struck out four to earn his first major league win.

Kyle McPherson's (0-2) start lasted just 4 1/3 innings after putting two runners on in the fifth. He surrendered Davis' first homer and was charged with four runs on four hits. He struck out three.

Garrett Jones and Jose Tabata each drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which has dropped a woeful 18 of its last 23 games.

After Davis' two-run homer in the fourth, Josh Thole led off the fifth with a walk. Fred Lewis singled two batters later before David Wright singled to left to plate Thole. Davis then strolled to the plate and stroked his 30th homer of the season to give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Since snapping their 16 consecutive game streak of scoring three runs or fewer at home on Friday, the Mets have been scorching hot at the plate. In the last four games, the Mets have scored 20 runs, just one short of the total amount that they produced during that disastrous stretch.

The Mets pieced together the final four innings with six different pitchers out of the bullpen. They allowed just two runs on four hits as a collective unit.

Andrew McCutchen drilled a line drive to center for a triple in the eighth and came around to score on Jones' base hit. After Michael McKenry walked and advanced to second on defensive indifference in the ninth, Tabata drove him in with a single over the head of Daniel Murphy to score Pittsburgh's final run.

Game Notes

The Mets' four-game winning streak at home is their longest since winning four in a row from June 18-22 ... Wright is just two hits shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the most in franchise history ... The Pirates' pitching staff is just three strikeouts shy of tying their club record for most in a season after striking out seven on Monday.

Box Score:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Preview: Game 153 - Pirates at Mets - Mejia gets the start for Mets


Pittsburgh Pirates (75-77) at New York Mets (69-83) 7:10 PM ET
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K. McPherson (R) 1 0-1 2.254.10-02.709/19MILL4.1720-17.13.68
J. Mejia (R) 1 0-1 9.003.10-03.009/15@MILL3.0650-16.09.00

Preview:
Rookie right-hander Kyle McPherson makes the second start of his career Monday when the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the New York Mets at Citi Field to open a four-game series.

The 24-year-old native of Alabama was a 14th-round pick of the Pirates in 2007 and debuted in the majors with a scoreless two-inning relief outing against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 20.

He allowed just two runs in 11 2/3 innings over seven relief outings through Sept. 14, then was beaten, 3-1, in his initial start against Milwaukee five days later after giving up two runs on seven hits.

In 16 combined innings of work, he's allowed an opposition batting average of .267, walked three batters and struck out 13.

McPherson split time at Double-A and Triple-A this season prior to his callup, going 3-6 with a 3.22 earned run average in 67 innings.

He's opposed by righty Jenrry Mejia, who'll also start for the second time this season.

The 22-year-old Dominican made three starts in 33 appearances while posting a 4.62 ERA in 39 innings for the Mets in 2011.

He debuted in the majors this season on Sept. 3 and threw two innings of one- run relief against Atlanta, then dropped a 9-6 decision at Milwaukee eight days later after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings.

Happy Recap: Game 152 - Marlins at Mets - Tejada drives in winning run, Mets Sweep Marlins..


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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N.Y. Mets (69-83) «200000001372
 
W: B. Parnell (5-4) L: R. Webb (4-3)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - D. Wright (19)

Recap:
Ruben Tejada drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday to give the New York Mets a 3-2 victory and a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Tejada singled to left off Ryan Webb (4-3) to plate the winning run for the Mets, who completed their first sweep at home since taking three from the Baltimore Orioles on June 22-24.

David Wright added a two-run homer in the first and Bobby Parnell (5-4) pitched a perfect top of the ninth to earn the victory.

"It's always fun to win," said Wright. "It would be nice to finish on a strong note. You look at what the Orioles did, they finished strong last year and it carried over into this year, so it would be nice to do that."

Bryan Peterson had a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth and Gil Velazquez scurried home from third later in the inning on a throwing error by Kelly Shoppach for the Marlins, who have dropped six of seven.

Both starters pitched effectively behind little run support from their respective teams.

Chris Young tossed six innings for the Mets and did not factor into the decision. He gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on five hits while walking two and striking out five. The Mets have only scored 12 runs for Young over his last eight home starts.

Ricky Nolasco, who also gave up two runs on five hits while walking two and fanning five, lasted seven innings for the Marlins.

"Ricky pitched well, very well," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "He made one bad pitch, that home run, but besides that he pitched a good game."

Miami tied the game in the fifth after back-to-back singles from Rob Brantly and Velazquez. Nolasco bunted both runners over and Peterson drove a deep fly ball to center, allowing both runners to tag and Brantly to score from third. Young then walked Gorkys Hernandez, who stole second base and Shoppach's throwing error allowed Velazquez to score to even the game at two.

Game Notes

The Mets have won seven-straight games against the Marlins ... Wright is three hits shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the most hits in franchise history ... Nolasco walked two batters Sunday after walking just one over his previous 34 innings.

Box Score:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Preview: Game 152 - Marlins at Mets - Nolasco vs Young


Miami Marlins (66-86) at New York Mets (68-83), 1:10 PM ET
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R. Nolasco (R) 29 12-12 4.426.06-64.679/16CINND5.01032-021.01.71
C. Young (R) 18 4-8 4.375.10-44.269/16@MILL6.2831-117.23.06

Preview:
The New York Mets have had little to cheer about in the second half of this season, but they can pick up their second straight three- game sweep of the Miami Marlins.

The Mets entered this weekend's series with one win over a 12-game span, but have since limited the Marlins to three runs in each contest this weekend. They also swept the Marlins in a three-game set in Miami from Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 by a 13-4 count.

Chris Young gets an opportunity to send the Mets to the whitewash today. The right-hander is coming off a loss at Milwaukee a week ago when he allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings. He's 0-4 in seven home starts this year, but 3-1 in five career starts against the Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco counters for the Marlins. The righty has issued just one walk over his last 34 innings, and has struck out 22 batters in that span. Nolasco is 5-8 in 23 appearances (21 starts) against the Mets. He's 3-0 over his last four starts overall, having thrown a pair of shutouts in that time.

Yesterday, R.A. Dickey pitched into the ninth inning and Jon Rauch overcame a John Buck three-run homer to close out a Mets 4-3 victory.

Dickey (19-6) tossed eight scoreless innings before putting two runners on in the ninth. Charged with two runs on six hits, Dickey praised the defense behind him.

Happy Recap: Game 151 - Marlins at Mets - Dickey Leads Mets to Victory, Wins #19


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Miami (66-86)000000003381
N.Y. Mets (68-83) «02011000x471
 
W: R. Dickey (19-6) L: M. Buehrle (13-13)
S: J. Rauch (4)
HR: MIA - J. Buck (12)   NYM - J. Bay (8),S. Hairston (19)

Happy Recap:
R.A. Dickey pitched into the ninth inning and Jon Rauch overcame a John Buck three-run homer to close out a New York Mets 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Dickey (19-6) tossed eight scoreless innings before putting two runners on in the ninth. Charged with two runs on six hits, Dickey praised the defense behind him.

"They might not see the knuckleball well, but I try and get the hitter out of the batter's box in three pitches or less" said Dickey. "Fortunately they hit some balls at guys today and they made some pretty good plays.".

Rauch earned his fourth save of the season in the victory.

Jason Bay and Scott Hairston each hit homers for New York, which has won two in a row on the heels of a five-game skid.

Mark Buehrle (13-13) allowed four runs on five hits and three walks for the Marlins, who have dropped five of six overall.

"He gave up a couple of hits, two of them really hurt," said Buck regarding Buehrle's performance. "He got a couple of pitches up that Bay and Hairston obviously put good wood on."

Bay's two-run homer in the second inning put the Mets on the board. Two innings later, Hairston hit his 19th homer of the season.

After failing to score more than three runs in 16 consecutive home games, the Mets were able to do so in back-to-back games.

Josh Thole led off the home half of the fifth with a double and Dickey moved him over to third before Daniel Murphy drove him in on a fielder's choice.

Dickey came out to start the ninth but walked leadoff hitter Greg Dobbs before Donovan Solano hit a double to right field. Rauch came in to relieve Dickey and gave up a three-run homer to Buck to bring the Marlins within one run.

However, Rauch settled in and struck out Gil Velazquez, forced Bryan Peterson into a force out and fanned Gorkys Hernandez to end the game.

Game Notes

Bay's last home run came on Sept. 2, also against Buehrle ... Marlins' Jose Reyes is now 4-for-30 at Citi Field this season ... The Mets were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base ... The Marlins were 1- for-6 with runners in scoring position and also stranded eight men on base.

Box Score:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Preview: Game 151 - Marlins at Mets - Dickey goes for #19


Miami Marlins (66-85) at New York Mets (67-83) 1:10 PM ET
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M. Buehrle (L) 29 13-12 3.786.25-74.349/15CINW7.2741-121.24.98
R. Dickey (R) 30 18-6 2.676.08-32.559/17PHIL7.0521-220.23.05

Preview:
R.A. Dickey's chances of an NL Cy Young Award may have taken a hit with back-to-back losses, though it's mostly no fault of his own.

The New York Mets hope to provide Dickey with better support Saturday when he looks to continue his domination of the Miami Marlins.

Tied for second in the NL in wins and strikeouts (205) while leading it in ERA, Dickey (18-6, 2.67 ERA) has been the highlight in an otherwise disappointing season for the Mets (67-83).

However, while he's one of the leading candidates for the Cy Young, the knuckleballer has dropped his last two starts.

Dickey pitched well in both but received a total of three runs of support. Against Philadelphia on Monday, he allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of a 3-1 loss.

Dickey is 5-5 with a 2.40 ERA and two complete games over his last 11 starts. He has a 3.2 run-support average over that stretch.

"We'll go back at the end of the year and recount the number of games where he didn't get a decision, or he's allowed us an opportunity to win, and hopefully it doesn't get back to bite him too bad," manager Terry Collins said.

Dickey hasn't needed much help versus the Marlins. He is 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last seven starts against them, including four wins this season. Dickey has gone the distance in the last two, pitching a five-hit shutout Aug. 31.

Happy Recap: Game 150 - Marlins at Mets - Ike, Niese Help Mets in win 7-3


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: J. Niese (12-9) L: J. Turner (2-4)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - S. Hairston (18),I. Davis (28)

Recap:
Scott Hairston had a two-run homer, a triple, and three RBI, and left-hander Jon Niese surpassed his career-best win total Friday, helping the New York Mets down the Miami Marlins, 7-3, in the first of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Niese (12-9) pitched 6 1/3 effective innings, giving up just three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Though Niese won 11 games in 2011, Friday's victory puts him at 12 wins for the first time in his five- year career.

Ike Davis knocked in two runs for New York, one coming on a solo shot in the seventh, and scored twice. Daniel Murphy additionally scored two times and added an RBI for the Mets, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

"I've said all year that they're a tremendous bunch of guys. It's a great clubhouse, and they just came out today and played like I know they can," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Miami's starter, right-hander Jacob Turner (1-3), in just his fifth start as a Marlin since coming from Detroit via trade in August, threw 115 pitches in just five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs -- three earned. He struck out three hitters and walked one.

Donovan Solano had two RBI for Miami, which has now lost two in a row and is just 3-7 in its last 10.

The Mets got to Turner early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.

Murphy, who singled and stole second, first crossed home when a ball hit by Davis was mishandled by Solano manning second. Hairston followed by hitting a two-run homer to left-center to put the Mets up 3-0.

In the second frame, New York plated two more, taking advantage of sloppy defensive play by the Marlins.

First, Niese got on the base paths with a fielder's choice to shortstop that Reyes committed a throwing error on -- eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch from Turner.

Murphy tacked on another run with a sac fly to center that scored Fred Lewis.

"The way we play the first three innings, it was embarrassing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think if I was pitching in that game, I might fight with somebody."

The Marlins got one back in the third with an RBI single by Solano that scored Gil Velazquez, but the Mets countered in the fifth when Hairston tripled home Murphy.

Miami closed to within 6-3 in the sixth. Solano hit an RBI double and Austin Kearns contributed a run-scoring single.

Davis went deep in the seventh.

Game Notes

The Mets have been outscored 151-68 at Citi Field by opponents in the second half of the season ... Miami is now 4-9 against the Mets in 2012, including a 2-5 mark at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Preview: Game 150 - Marlins at Mets - Turner vs Niese


Miami Marlins (66-84) at New York Mets (66-83) 7:10 PM ET
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J. Turner (R) 4 1-2 3.754.20-13.759/14CINW7.0201-118.03.50
J. Niese (L) 28 11-9 3.465.25-53.709/14@MILW6.0621-218.03.00

Preview:
Jacob Turner will try to build off his first victory with the Miami Marlins as he toes the rubber on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets.

Acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 23 as part of a package for infielder Omar Infante and starter Anibal Sanchez, Turner has gone 1-2 with a 3.75 earned run average in four starts and turned in perhaps his best major league appearance last time out.

The 21-year-old hurled a career-high seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, scattering two hits and a pair of walks while striking out three.

"I was just being aggressive early, trying to get ahead as much as I could," Turner said of his outing. "When I didn't get ahead, I was able to make quality pitches when I was behind in the count and not really give in."

The right-hander went 1-1 with an 8.03 ERA in three starts with the Tigers this season before the trade and will face the Mets for the first time.

Jon Niese eyes a new career high for wins in a season as he gets the call for the Mets.

Niese moved to 11-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 28 starts this season after beating the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. He yielded two runs on six hits over six innings, walking three and striking out five to snap a three-start slide. He also set a new career best with 177 innings pitched this season.

The 25-year-old southpaw has not allowed more than three runs in six straight outings since a loss to the Marlins on Aug. 7. He was tagged for four runs over six frames of that loss, falling to 1-5 with a 4.64 ERA in nine career meetings.

Pittiful Recap: Game 149 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Shelled 16-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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N.Y. Mets (66-83)000010000130
 
W: T. Cloyd (2-1) L: J. Hefner (2-7)
HR: PHI - R. Howard (12)   NYM - M. Baxter (3)

Pittiful Recap:
The Phillies brought 13 hitters to the plate and scored eight runs during a 33-minute first inning en route to thumping the New York Mets, 16-1, and finishing off a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre and Chase Utley combined for 11 hits, eight RBI and six runs scored to help keep the Phillies within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

"We didn't have things go the way we wanted them to go in Houston," Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said. "Four down, the only thing we can do is continue to win and let everything else sort itself out."

Jeremy Hefner (2-7) did not record an out, becoming the Mets' first starter who failed to do so since John Maine in 2010. He allowed the Phillies' first seven batters to reach base on six hits and a walk, with each runner scoring.

Making the fifth start of his career, Tyler Cloyd (2-1) pitched excellent behind plenty of run support. The right-hander spun eight innings, scattering just three hits and one run while striking out six to earn the victory.

The Mets, who fell to 4-24 at home since the All-Star break, didn't get their second hit of the game until the fifth inning, when Mike Baxter hit a homer.

"Obviously we aren't hitting," Mets first baseman Ike Davis said. "Nothing's really falling."

Rollins and Pierre both reached on singles in the first before Utley plated Rollins with a soft fly ball to center. Howard then stroked a base hit to right to score Pierre. John Mayberry reached on a single to load the bases before Domonic Brown scorched a base hit up the middle to bring home Utley.

Hefner's night was finished after he walked Kevin Frandsen with the bases loaded to force in Howard. Colin McHugh came in from the bullpen and plunked Erik Kratz to score another run for the Phillies before getting Cloyd to hit into a double play.

However, McHugh wasn't out of the woods just yet. Rollins came to bat for the second time in the inning and drove in two with a ground ball up the middle. Pierre followed with a soft liner to left before Utley capped the eight-run inning with an RBI base hit.

After Utley drove in another run in the eighth, the Phillies put seven more on the board in the ninth.

Jeurys Familia loaded the bases before walking Rollins to plate Frandsen. Pierre then reached on infield hit to score Kratz from third, ending Familia's night. Josh Edgin came into the game and plunked Utley to score Nate Schierholtz before surrendering a grand slam to Howard to make it 16-1.

Game Notes

The Mets have scored three runs or less in 16 consecutive home games ... Of the Phillies' 21 hits, only two were for extra-bases ... Rollins has hit safely in 16 of 18 games in September ... The Mets used 10 different pitchers on Thursday ... The Phillies were 11-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Preview: Game 149 - Phillies at Mets - Cloyd vs Hefner


Philadelphia Phillies (75-74) at New York Mets (66-82) 7:10 PM ET
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T. Cloyd (R) 4 1-1 4.955.01-03.609/13@HOUND3.0531-014.05.14
J. Hefner (R) 10 2-6 4.995.11-35.729/8ATLL2.2850-19.27.45

Preview:
Right-hander Tyler Cloyd faces the New York Mets for the second time in his fifth major league start on Thursday when the Philadelphia Phillies meet them in the finale of a weather-altered three-game series at Citi Field.

The series had been scheduled to wrap up Wednesday, but game two on Tuesday was postponed by rain, moving the middle test to Wednesday and the finale to tonight.

A 25-year-old Nebraska native, Cloyd made his big-league debut against the Mets on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia and took a 3-2 loss after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five.

He bounced back for his initial win in his next start five days later in Cincinnati, allowing four hits and a run in seven innings of a 4-2 victory while walking none and striking out nine.

Two subsequent starts have yielded a pair of no-decisions - home with Colorado and at Houston - in which the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder gave up seven runs on 13 hits in seven innings.

Cloyd was 15-1 in 26 minor-league starts to begin 2012 while splitting time at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

For the Mets, fellow rookie Jeremy Hefner makes his 11th start and his 24th appearance as a big leaguer.

He's faced the Phillies twice so far in his brief career, starting once and relieving once while going 1-0 with a 7.36 ERA across 7 1/3 innings.

Recap: Game 148 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Edjin'd Out, Losing Continues at Citi 3-2


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Philadelphia (75-74) «100000002330
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W: J. Horst (2-0) L: J. Edgin (1-2)
S: J. Papelbon (36)
HR: PHI - J. Rollins (22),R. Howard (11)   NYM - D. Wright (18)

Recap:
Philadelphia turned to one of its mainstays to keep its tenuous playoff hopes alive.

Ryan Howard answered the call in a big way.

Howard's two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth turned a crippling defeat into a necessary victory, as the Phillies downed the New York Mets, 3-2, in the second contest of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Chase Utley worked a two-out walk against Josh Edgin (1-2) then Howard crushed a belt-high fastball high into the night. It finally landed just above the facade of the upper deck in right to give the Phillies the lead. The home run made a winner of Jeremy Horst (2-0) and Jonathan Papelbon navigated the ninth for his 36th save.

Before Howard's heroics, the game belonged to Mets starter Matt Harvey, who surrendered only Jimmy Rollins' leadoff home run and three walks along with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The rally also moved the Phillies past the Pittsburgh Pirates and into fifth place in the National League wild card standings, 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card berth. The Cardinals are currently hosting Houston.

Cole Hamels kept the Phillies in the game with six solid frames, surrendering two runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He reached the 200- strikeout milestone in the fifth, but failed to reach 15 wins in the process, a mark he achieved in 2007.

David Wright hit a solo home run in the sixth, while Ruben Tejada finished with three hits. Scott Hairston and Ike Davis finished with two hits apiece for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game.

The cool game-time temperature and breeze blowing in toward home plate didn't bother Rollins in the first. The Phillies leadoff hitter jumped on a fastball, driving the game's fifth pitch just over the wall in right field to give the visitors an early lead.

All was quiet for Hamels until he ran into two-out issues in the third. Tejada slapped his second straight single to left, stole second and took advantage of Juan Pierre's poor arm to score on Daniel Murphy's base hit to left.

Hamels gave up a pair of hits -- Hairston's double and Davis' infield single -- to start the fourth, but he struck out the next two batters and induced a fly out off Andres Torres' bat to escape any damage.

The Mets took the lead in the sixth, as Wright showcased his strength, blasting a 400-foot shot against the wind to the opposite field in right- center for his 27th career home run against the Phillies.

New York was in search of some insurance in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but Torres grounded into a double play to end the threat.

That proved costly after Howard's long blast in the ninth, his first home run off a left-handed relief pitcher all season. It was also Howard's first career go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning.

Game Notes

Murphy has a MLB-leading 24 hits against Philadelphia this season ... The make-up game from Tuesday's rainout will take place Thursday with Tyler Cloyd on the mound for the Phillies against Jeremy Hefner for the Mets ... Howard's home run was his 11th of the season and his first in September ... Howard was also hitless in his last 18 at-bats versus lefties prior to the home run.

Box Score:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Preview: Game 148 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Harvey


Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81) 7:10 PM ET
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C. Hamels (L) 28 15-6 3.066.19-33.249/14@HOUW7.0731-020.03.60
M. Harvey (R) 9 3-5 2.925.20-22.129/12WSHL5.0511-216.13.31

Preview:
Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels can stay unbeaten since early August on Wednesday when the Phillies visit Citi Field for the second test of a weather-altered three-game series with the New York Mets.

Tuesday's scheduled second game was postponed by rain and will be made up Thursday. Philadelphia's Tyler Cloyd, who'd been set to start tonight, will be pushed to Thursday and will be opposed by New York's Jeremy Hefner.

Hamels, a first-round draft pick back in 2002, hasn't lost since dropping a 3-0 decision at Washington on Aug. 2 after allowing two earned runs in seven innings.

He's 4-0 in seven starts since while trimming an already respectable earned run average from 3.27 to 3.06.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recap: Game 147 - Phillies at Mets - Lee Outlasts Dickey, Mets Lose 3-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Philadelphia (74-74) «100010100360
N.Y. Mets (66-81)000010000171
 
W: C. Lee (6-7) L: R. Dickey (18-6)
S: J. Papelbon (35)
HR: PHI - J. Rollins (21),D. Brown (4)   NYM - None

Recap:
Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown clubbed solo home runs to back a masterful Cliff Lee, as the Philadelphia Phillies posted a 3-1 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Lee (6-7) continued his recent hot stretch on the mound, limiting the Mets to one run on seven hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out 10.

The left-hander has allowed just four earned runs while going 4-0 over his last five starts.

Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save of the season.

The Phillies are trying to shake off a disappointing series in Houston, where they dropped three of four to the MLB-worst Astros on the heels of a seven- game winning streak.

With Monday's triumph, Philadelphia moved to within 3 1/2 games of the idle St. Louis Cardinals for the National League's second wild-card spot.

R.A. Dickey (18-6) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings for New York, which resumed its struggles at home.

The Mets have lost seven straight as the host and haven't scored more than three runs in 14 consecutive home games, a franchise record. They have dropped nine of 10 overall.

The Phillies scored a first-inning run without a hit. Rollins struck out to begin the game, but reached on a passed ball. An errant pickoff attempt moved Rollins to second and he took third on a groundout before Chase Utley brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

A replay review awarded Rollins his 21st home run, a one-out blast in the fifth, but the Mets got on the board in the home half of the inning.

Mike Nickeas, batting eighth in the New York lineup, surprised the Phillies defense with a perfectly placed bunt. A Dickey sacrifice advanced Nickeas into scoring position and he wound up scoring on Daniel Murphy's two-out single, a blooper over the head of Rollins.

Brown went deep leading off the seventh.

Game Notes

Lee recorded his 1,500th career strikeout in the bottom of the second inning ... Dickey (205) became the fifth Mets pitcher in the last 20 years to reach 200 strikeouts in a season. He joined Johan Santana (2008), Pedro Martinez (2005), Al Leiter (2000) and David Cone (1992) ... The Mets signed a two-year player development contract with the Las Vegas 51s. The Pacific Coast League club will serve as the Mets' new Triple-A affiliate.

Box Score:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Preview: Game 147 - Phillies at Mets - Dickey Opens Homestand, Looking for #19


Philadelphia Phillies (73-74) at New York Mets (66-80) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Lee (L) 26 5-7 3.366.13-22.999/12MIAW7.0402-020.10.89
R. Dickey (R) 29 18-5 2.686.08-22.559/11WSHL7.0832-122.21.99

Preview:
A perennial Cy Young Award candidate takes on one of the front-runners in the 2012 National League field when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the New York Mets for the first of a three-game series.

The Phillies start the set with left-hander Cliff Lee, the 2008 Cy Young winner in the American League and a two-time top-10 finisher for the honor in the AL (2005, 2010) along with a third-place finish in the NL in 2011.

New York counters with knuckleballing righty R.A. Dickey, who's already won a career-best 18 games and is considered among the top contenders for the 2012 award along with Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto.

Lee is 3-1 in seven career starts against the Mets with a stingy 2.25 earned run average across 48 innings while posting a .233 batting average.

He began the season with just one win in his initial seven starts, but has since won four of the last five across nine starts while trimming his ERA from 3.95 to 3.36.

In his last game, against Miami on Sept. 12, he tossed seven innings and allowed an unearned run in seven innings of a 3-1 defeat of the Marlins.

He's lasted at least seven innings in eight of his last 10 starts, in which the Phillies have gone 7-3.

For the Mets, Dickey, who entered the season with 41 wins in 204 big-league appearances, got win No. 18 of 2012 with a 6-2 victory at St. Louis on Sept. 5.

He allowed two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of the victory, in which he walked one batter and struck out five.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Recap: Game 146 - Mets at Brewers - Braun, Peralta Enough for Mets, Lose 3-0


Miller Park (Milwaukee, Wis.)
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W: W. Peralta (2-0) L: C. Young (4-8)
S: J. Axford (29)
HR: NYM - None   MIL - R. Braun (39),A. Ramirez (24),R. Braun (40)

Recap:
Ryan Braun hit two homers, Wily Peralta pitched eight shutout innings, and John Axford closed it out in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the New York Mets 3-0 to take the rubber match of a three-game set.

Braun's second homer was his 40th of the season, marking the first time in his career that he has reached the plateau.

The Brewers won for the 20th time in their last 26 games and trail the Cardinals by 2 1/2 games for the final NL wild card spot.

The Mets managed only two hits, both off of Peralta (2-0), who made just the third start of his career. He fanned five and walked only one.

"He had a good 96 mph fastball and a good sinker," said manager Ron Roenicke, who was very impressed with his young pitcher. "He kept the ball down in the zone and had a good slider with great command."

Chris Young (4-8) pitched well, but gave up three homers to account for all of the Brewers' runs. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits while striking out two.

Braun and Aramis Ramirez went back-to-back to start the bottom half of the fourth to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. Braun added another run when he hit his second homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth.

"They can do damage in this ballpark," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Two hits won't get you far."

Josh Thole and Andres Torres were the only batters to record hits for the Mets.

Axford record his 29th save of the season after working around a one-out walk to Daniel Murphy.

Game Notes

The Mets have lost the season series with the Brewers for three straight years ... The Brewers set a franchise record for season strikeouts with 1,259 when Peralta struck out Lucas Duda in the second inning ... Peralta's double in the seventh inning was the first of his career ... Braun now has 201 home runs for his career.

Box Score:

Preview: Game 146 - Mets at Brewers - Young vs Peralta


New York Mets (66-79) at Milwaukee Brewers (73-72) 2:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Young (R) 17 4-7 4.395.14-34.509/9ATLND6.0521-015.14.70
W. Peralta (R) 2 1-0 3.466.00-02.579/10ATLND6.0711-013.03.46

Preview:
Dominican rookie Wily Peralta makes the third start of his brief big-league career - and first against New York - when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.

Peralta, who debuted with the Milwaukee organization as a 17-year-old in 2006, made his big-league debut on April 22 when he tossed an inning of one-run relief, allowing three hits, in the Brewers' 4-1 loss to Colorado.

He made 28 starts at Triple-A Nashville and posted a 4.66 earned run average in 146 2/3 innings, then returned to the majors and earned his initial victory with six innings of three-run ball in his first start at Miami on Sept. 5.

Peralta allowed a run on seven hits in the follow-up effort five days later against Atlanta and got a no-decision in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory.

In 13 combined innings, Peralta has walked five batters, struck out eight and allowed a composite .319 batting average.

He'll be opposed by 33-year-old Texas native Chris Young, who faces the Brewers for the third time in his 157th big-league start.

It's his first meeting with them since Sept. 7, 2008, when he tossed a complete-game two-hitter, allowing a single run and striking out five in a 10-1 triumph.

Recap: Game 145 - Mets at Brewers - Mets Fall Short in Milwaukee, Lose 9-6


Miller Park (Milwaukee, Wis.)
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Milwaukee (73-72) «10052010x9121
 
W: B. Kintzler (2-0) L: J. Mejia (0-1)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (27)   MIL - R. Weeks (20)

Recap:
Rickie Weeks hit a home run, scored twice and drove in three to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 victory over the New York Mets in the second meeting of three-game set.

Pinch-hit triples from Logan Schafer and Travis Ishikawa plated three runs for the Brewers, who have won 19 of their last 25 games to stay within striking distance of the NL Wild Card chase.

Ike Davis hit a two-run homer in the ninth to bring the Mets within three, but it wasn't enough, as New York dropped its seventh game in its last eight tries.

Shaun Marcum didn't pitch long enough to be considered for the win as he was pinch-hit for during a five-run fourth inning for the Brewers. Brandon Kitnzler (2-0) positioned himself for the victory after pitching a scoreless fifth.

Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda each came through with an RBI for the Mets, but starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (0-1) lasted just three-plus innings in his first start of the season, allowing five runs on six hits while walking five.

"Command is what we really have to get straightened out," said Mets manager Terry Collins of his young pitcher. "Once the game starts you hope he settles down. I'm sure he was pretty excited. It's tough to pitch up here behind in the count."

After Duda brought home Murphy in the top of the first, Ryan Braun came through with an RBI double in the bottom half to plate Weeks, who drew a one- out walk.

The Mets put together a three-run fourth before being shut out over the next four innings. Jordany Valdespin singled on the ground to right, moved to second on a wild pitch from Marcum and stole third with Andres Torres at the plate. Torres drew a walk and Mejia sacrificed him to second while Valdespin came around to score.

Tejada reached on a base hit through the right side to bring Torres home from second before Murphy doubled to left to plate Tejada and give the Mets a 4-1 lead. Marcum struck out David Wright to end his outing, scattering four runs on seven hits.

"Shaun didn't have good command. He's a command pitcher but he didn't have it," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "I don't know what the reason is. I thought his stuff was good, his fastball was good, but his location wasn't."

The Mets' advantage didn't last long as the Brewers struck back in the bottom half of the fourth. Nyjer Morgan drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a base hit by Jean Segura. Schafer pinch-hit for Marcum and drove both runners in with a triple to right field.

Mejia walked Norichika Aoki before he was replaced by Jeremy Hefner, who threw a wild pitch to Weeks which allowed Aoki to advance to second and Schafer to score from third. Weeks then hit a two-run homer to left-center, his 20th of the season, to cap a five-run inning for the Brewers.

After Ishikawa and Aoki each brought home a run in the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee added one more in the seventh. Segura got on with a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on Kelly Shoppach's throwing error before scoring on an RBI double from Weeks.

Game Notes

The Mets were 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base ... The Brewers went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position and also left nine stranded ... New York will send Chris Young to the mound on Sunday to face Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta in the rubber match of the series.

Box Score:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Preview: Game 145 - Mets at Brewers - Mejia Takes the Hill for Mets


New York Mets (66-78) at Milwaukee Brewers (72-72) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Mejia (R) 0 0-0 4.503.20-00.00---ND0.0000-02.04.50
S. Marcum (R) 17 5-4 3.715.23-14.179/9@STLND5.0840-014.26.75

Preview:
Right-hander Jenrry Mejia makes his first start of 2012 and fourth of his career Saturday when the New York Mets try to make it two straight over the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle contest of a three-game series at Miller Park.

The 205-pounder debuted in the minors with the Mets as a 17-year-old and gradually climbed the ladder, initially winning two games in 14 appearances in Single-A ball in 2007.

He reached Double-A in 2009 and ultimately debuted in the majors in 2010, starting three times in 33 appearances while posting an 0-4 record and a 4.62 earned run average across 39 innings.

Mejia was limited to just five starts at Triple-A Buffalo last season, and was 4-4 in 30 appearances in the minors this year before a Sept. 7 return to majors yielded a two-inning relief outing against Atlanta in a 3-0 Mets loss.

He has faced the Brewers once and allowed a hit in a scoreless relief outing.

For Milwaukee, righty Shaun Marcum makes his first appearance at home since June 8.

The 30-year-old was a 9-5 winner over the San Diego Padres on June 8 at Miller Park, where he allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve 5-3 on the season.

He's 0-1 in five road appearances since, including a no-decision in Milwaukee's 5-4 loss at St. Louis on Sept. 9, when Marcum allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

In two career meetings with the Mets, he's 1-0 and has given up just one run on eight hits in 13 innings.

Marcum is 3-1 in six home starts with a 4.17 ERA in 2012.

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