Showing posts with label Game 156. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 156. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recap: Game 156 - Mets (2) at Reds (3) - Mets Lose in 10, Reds clinch playoff spot

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Cincinnati (90-67)«02000000013101

W: M. Parra (2-3) L: G. Burke (0-3)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (15)   CIN - None


Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Reds secured their third playoff spot in four years shortly after beating the New York Mets 3-2 on Monday night.

The Reds clinched theirs after Choo's drive smacked high off the wall in left-center field. Eight minutes later, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-3, clinching an NL wild card for Pittsburgh.

The Reds were pulling for first-place St. Louis to lose. Instead, the Cardinals retained their two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

The Reds kept pace with St. Louis despite squandering plenty of chances to end it early. They wasted a chance in the ninth, when David Aardsma pitched out of a bases-loaded threat by retiring Todd Frazier on a fly out.

Greg Burke (0-3) gave up a one-out single to Devin Mesoraco in the 10th, and Derrick Robinson singled him to third. Choo followed with his third hit of the game, off left-hander Sean Henn, a drive high off the wall in left-center. Choo headed for the dugout after crossing first base.

Johnny Cueto made a second solid start since coming off the disabled list, an encouraging sign for Cincinnati's postseason plans. The right-hander has been sidelined three times by soreness near his shoulder.

He gave up two runs -- one earned -- on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly and solo homer, which snapped an 0-for-17 slump. In two starts, Cueto has allowed eight hits and one earned run in 12 innings.

Aaron Harang is 3-0 in four career starts against the Reds, including a 4-2 victory with Seattle on July 5 at Great American Ball Park. The Mariners later released him with a 5-11 record.

The Reds sustained their hopes of another division title by winning another long game -- they are 13-9 in extra innings.

They were six games out on Aug. 9, in danger of falling out of the division's three-team race. They regrouped and have taken the race down to the final week by winning 12 of their last 17.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright had his hitting streak ended at eight games. ... Billy Hamilton got in as a pinch-runner in the eighth and stole second, leaving him 13 for 13 in attempts. The Mets called for a pitchout but Frank Francisco threw it over the plate. ...

Box Score:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 156

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 156:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Andrew Brown, rf
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Aaron Harang, rhp

Preview: Game 156 - Mets at Reds - Harang vs Cueto

New York Mets (71-84) at Cincinnati Reds (89-67) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
A. Harang (R) 2 0-1 4.916.00-00.009/18SFND5.0630-216.27.02
J. Cueto (R) 10 5-2 3.025.22-02.089/16@HOUW5.0501-210.16.97


The Reds, who are trying to move closer to securing a third playoff appearance in four years, send Johnny Cueto to the mound in Monday night's series opener with the New York Mets.

Cueto (5-2, 3.02 ERA) missed the start of the 2011 season with arm trouble, then went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA in 2012 to help the Reds win the NL Central. But after a healthy season, he left Game 1 of the division series against San Francisco after only eight pitches with pulled muscles in his side.

The right-hander was enjoying a solid start to 2013 before straining a lat muscle in a loss to Texas on June 28, forcing him to the DL. He was activated last Monday, and threw five scoreless innings in his 6-1 win over Houston.

Though Cueto said he felt fine after that outing, Baker is taking a cautious approach, especially with the playoffs right around the corner. Cincinnati (89-67) still is in the mix for a second straight Central crown while leading Washington by five games for a wild-card spot.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 156 - Pirates at Mets - Dickey Wins his 20th, Mets Win 6-5

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: R. Dickey (20-6) L: K. Correia (11-11)
S: B. Parnell (5)
HR: PIT - R. Barajas (11),A. Presley (10)   NYM - I. Davis (31),D. Wright (21)

David Wright hit a three-run homer and R.A. Dickey tied a career-high with 13 strikeouts, as the New York Mets closed out their season at home, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5.

Wright's blast in the fifth gave the Mets the lead and allowed Dickey (20-6), who gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings of work, to become the Mets first pitcher since Frank Viola in 1990 to win 20 games.

"To win 20 games is difficult. It's been a real grind," Dickey said. "It's a big exhale."

Ike Davis hit a solo homer and Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston each contributed an RBI, as New York collected its sixth victory in its last seven games.

Kevin Correia (11-11) exited the game after Wright's homer, tagged for six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"Normally I can pick a positive out of a start, but today there basically wasn't any," Correia said.

Alex Presley made it one-run game with a two-run blast off Jon Rauch in the ninth, but Bobby Parnell retired the final two batters to earn his fifth save of the season.

The Mets trailed early after Dickey gave up back-to-back run scoring hits in the second. With runners on the corners, Rod Barajas hit a ground-rule double to score Garrett Jones and then Jordy Mercer plated another with a slow- rolling ground ball to third to make it 2-0.

New York got a run back on Davis's leadoff homer in bottom half but were denied from tying the game two batters later when Mike Baxter was robbed of a home run by Pirates right fielder Travis Snider.

Barajas added a solo homer in the fourth but Hairston knocked in a run in the home half to keep the deficit at one. An inning later, the Mets took the lead for good.

Andres Torres drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later Ruben Tejada singled to right, before Daniel Murphy smoked a single up the middle to bring Torres home from second. Wright then strolled to the plate and cleared the bases with his 21st home run to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.

Pittsburgh came up just short in its final turn at the plate. Mercer reached on a leadoff walk before Presley delivered a blast to right to make it 6-5. But Parnell got Josh Harrison to ground out and Jose Tabata to fly out to end the game.

Game Notes

Houston's Joe Niekro was the last knuckleballer to reach 20 wins, doing so in 1980 ... Dickey's 222 strikeouts are the most in a single season for the Mets since David Cone struck out 214 in 1992 ... Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the game in the seventh with discomfort in his left knee ... Pittsburgh has lost eight of its last 10 games and, at 76-80, is in danger of posting its 20th straight non-winning season.

Box Score:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 156

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 156

  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Scott Hairston, lf
  6. Mike Baxter, rf
  7. Josh Thole, c
  8. Andres Torres, cf
  9. R.A. Dickey, rhp

Preview: Game 156 - Pirates at Mets - Dickey Goes for 20th Win

Pittsburgh Pirates (76-79) at New York Mets (71-84) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
K. Correia (R) 26 11-10 4.115.15-74.349/22@HOUL6.0731-219.02.84
R. Dickey (R) 31 19-6 2.666.09-32.539/22MIAW8.0621-222.02.86

The New York Mets haven't had a 20-game winner in 22 years, and it's been even longer since they've had a Cy Young Award winner.

R.A. Dickey is making a bid to end both lengthy droughts.

The right-handed knuckleballer looks to enter Mets' lore and get victory No. 20 in front of the home fans in Flushing on Thursday against the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dickey (19-6, 2.66 ERA) has been one of the few bright spots for New York (71-84) this year, and he's on the verge of becoming the team's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.

"Obviously, there's something that looks pretty about that number," Dickey told the team's official website. "I'm not going to pretend that it's not nice. But my whole mentality is geared around, 'How can I be consistent?' So I'm going to go out there and try to put up a quality start, just like I always do, and hopefully it will equal a win."

Dickey is also a contender for the NL Cy Young Award, which hasn't been won by a Met since Dwight Gooden in 1985.

Gooden is also the only Mets hurler to win the pitching Triple Crown, and Dickey has a chance to match that feat. He has the NL's lowest qualifying ERA, and ranks second to Washington's Gio Gonzalez in wins, while his 209 strikeouts are two behind Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw for the league lead.

Gonzalez is scheduled to start Thursday night at Philadelphia.

Reaching 20 wins would make Dickey the third Met to reach a significant milestone this year.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Preview + Mets Lineup : Game 156 - Mets at Cards - Cards look for sweep

New York Mets (73-82) at St. Louis Cardinals (86-69), 1:45 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.47) St. Louis - Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.58)

This Game is being delayed due to rain.... So enjoy the Preview...

Within minutes, the momentum in the National League Wild Card race seemed to shift towards the Cardinals. St. Louis gets a chance to keep the tide in their favor this afternoon with the finale of a three-game series with the New York Mets.

Moments after the wild card-leading Braves lost to the Marlins, David Freese hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning that sparked the Cardinals to a 6-5 victory. The win pulled St. Louis to within 1 1/2 games of Atlanta and 4 1/2 back of NL Central-leading Milwaukee with seven contests to play, and the Cards can pick up a half-game in both races today with the Braves and Brewers both idle.

Freese also hit a two-run triple in the game and his game-changing blast over the right-field wall went just above a sign the prophetically read, "Now that's positive energy."

"It's the biggest hit of my career," Freese said. "Getting that win is huge."

Jaime Garcia was awarded his 13th win of the season after giving up four unearned runs over 7 2/3 innings as the Cardinals won for the fourth straight time. They have also won 12 of their last 14 and can pick up their first sweep of the Mets this afternoon since a three-game set at home on April 21-23, 2009.

Jake Westbrook was on the mound in the Cardinals last loss and he'll look to get on track today after lasting just 3 1/3 innings and 71 pitches in a setback to the Phillies on Saturday. The right-hander was charged with a pair of runs -- one earned --on five hits and five walks.

Westbrook fell to 12-9 with a 4.58 earned run average on the season and has split two career starts versus the Mets. That includes a win on July 21 for the 34-year-old after he gave up two runs over eight innings.

New York lost for the ninth time in 11 games and failed to hold a 4-3 lead down the stretch. Reliever Pedro Beato fell behind the count to Freese before giving up the longball.

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