Showing posts with label Game 157. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 157. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 157 - Mets (4) at Reds (2) - Niese, Murphy's 3-Run Bomb Dooms Cincy Hopes for Division Title


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W: J. Niese (8-8) L: M. Leake (14-7) S: V. Black (1)
HR: NYM - D. Murphy (13)   CIN - None

Recap:

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the New York Mets beat Cincinnati 4-2 on Tuesday night, a costly setback to the Reds' hopes of another division title.

The Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates clinched playoff spots on Monday night, but hoped to chase down the first-place St. Louis Cardinals with closing surges. Leake's one very bad inning made that much less likely for the Reds.

Cincinnati fell a daunting three games behind St. Louis, which beat Washington 2-0 on Tuesday night. If they can't catch up, they are headed for the wild card playoff game next Tuesday.

Leake (14-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in only 1 2-3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career. Wilfredo Tovar ended his scoreless innings streak at 21 2-3 with an RBI single, and Murphy's homer gave left-hander Jon Niese (8-8) the big lead.

Jon Niese kept lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in check again, holding them to a combined 0 for 6 with four strikeouts. Niese allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. Vic Black faced three batters in the ninth, getting his first career save on his second try.

Votto is 2 for 15 in his career against Niese with seven strikeouts. Bruce is 2 for 13 with six strikeouts.

Niese also got off to a rough start, giving up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips on his first two pitches of the game. He got out of that threat with the help of center fielder Juan Lagares, who nailed Choo at the plate as he tried to score on Ryan Ludwick's single.

Eric Young Jr. had a single and a double, scored a run and stole his 42nd base for the Mets, who have won eight of 12.

Game Notes:

Murphy's 13 homers are a career high. ... Young has 26 steals in the second half of the season, most in the majors. ... Leake also lasted 1 2-3 innings on July 30 last season against San Diego. ... Leake's scoreless streak was the longest by a Reds starter since Tom Browning threw 23 straight scoreless innings in 1990, when the Reds won the World Series. The series concludes with a day game on Wednesday. RHP Mat Latos (14-6) starts for Cincinnati against RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3).

Box Score:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 157


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 157:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Juan Lagares, cf
  6. Mike Baxter, rf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Wilfredo Tovar, ss
  9. Jonathon Niese, lhp

Preview: Game 157 - Mets at Reds - Niese vs Leake


New York Mets (71-85) at Cincinnati Reds (90-67) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Niese (L) 22 7-8 3.815.24-35.669/19SFL7.0721-219.14.66
M. Leake (R) 30 14-6 3.216.06-43.679/17@HOUW8.0503-021.10.84

Preview:

Mike Leake will try to continue his dazzling stretch and help pull the Reds closer to the top of the NL Central on Tuesday night against the New York Mets.

Cincinnati (90-67) has qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the "The Big Red Machine" won World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

Shin-Soo Choo booked the latest trip Monday, when he hit a long drive off the top of the wall in left-center to drive in Devin Mesoraco and clinch a 3-2, 10-inning win over New York.

Giving the ball to Leake (14-6, 3.21 ERA) should give Cincinnati a strong chance to potentially close that gap, while the Cardinals host Washington.

Leake has been utterly dominant of late, winning three straight starts behind a 0.84 ERA.

He's thrown a career-high 20 1-3 scoreless innings over that stretch, becoming the ninth Reds starter to reach at least 20 since 1974 and first since Mat Latos went 21 innings from April 19-May 5.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 157 - Mets at Braves - Duda, Niese Pair for Mets Win 3-1


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W: J. Niese (13-9) L: T. Hudson (16-7)
S: B. Parnell (6)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (15)   ATL - F. Freeman (23)

Recap:
Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and Jon Niese pitched seven strong innings, as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, spoiling the first of Chipper Jones' final three regular-season home games.

Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored with a pre-game ceremony in front of the seventh largest crowd in the history of Turner Field, but the 18-year veteran finished 0-for-4 on the night.

"I'm glad it's over, it's been a lot of attention," said Jones. "I was an emotional wreck all night. It was tough to stay focused with the tributes in between innings from ex-teammates and teammates and everything like that. It was too overwhelming, I was a little too emotional to be able to go out there and play effectively tonight."

Niese (13-9) was dominant for New York, which has won seven of its last eight games. He made just one mistake, giving up a homer to Freddie Freeman in fourth. He struck out three and didn't allow a hit over his final three innings.

Duda provided the Mets' only offense with his blast in the seventh off Tim Hudson (16-7), who allowed five hits while striking out four over seven frames.

Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Daniel Murphy doubled to lead off the seventh and advanced to third on David Wright's fly out. Hudson then intentionally walked Ike Davis before Duda smacked a two-out, three-run shot over the right-field fence on the ninth pitch of his at-bat.

"It's just one of those games with the crowd like that, you could get a lot of energy. It's not very hard to find the energy in a game like tonight," said Niese. "A lot of guys made some great plays behind me. Lucas had a great hit, just fortunate to get the win."

Jones denied the Mets from pouring it on in the eighth when he turned a double play with the bases loaded. With one-out, Wright hit a chopper to Jones, who stepped on the bag at third and threw out Wright at first to end the inning.

The Braves, who lost for just the third time in their last 13 games, put just one runner in scoring position on Jones' honorary night.

Game Notes

The Braves, who have already clinched a playoff berth, trail the Washington Nationals by four games with five left to play for the NL East lead ... New York's Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Parnell has given up just one earned run over his last 12 innings. ... Atlanta lost to New York for just second time in 10 tries since the All-Star break.

Box Score:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Preview: Game 157 - Mets at Braves - Niese vs Hudson


New York Mets (72-84) at Atlanta Braves (91-65) 7:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Niese (L) 29 12-9 3.495.26-43.199/21MIAW6.1732-118.12.95
T. Hudson (R) 27 16-6 3.616.18-43.939/23@PHIW7.1202-119.03.79

Preview:
With a playoff berth already in the fold, the Atlanta Braves still have their sights set on winning the National League East.

A favorable schedule could get the Braves where they want to be.

Atlanta will open a three-game series versus the New York Mets tonight at Turner Field and sits four games behind the Washington Nationals for the division lead with six to play.

The Braves have won five in a row and 10 of 12, and completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with Thursday's 6-2 victory behind starter Tommy Hanson and a strong bullpen. Hanson allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win, while Luis Avilan, Jonny Venters and Cristhian Martinez held the Marlins scoreless the rest of the way.

Dan Uggla went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and Andrelton Simmons recorded two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

"It definitely feels good to get a couple of runs and drive in a few and get some knocks," said Uggla. "Like I said about three weeks, a month ago, I'm back, I'm not searching for (my swing). It's me and I'm going to keep doing what I can do from here on out."

Braves center Michael Bourn is anticipating a return soon and an MRI on his left thumb revealed a slight sprain. Bourn hasn't played since last Saturday and is batting .274 with nine homers and 56 RBI.

"Once the swelling has gone out of it, it has felt better," Bourn said. "They just did not want me to rush back out there and have any setbacks."

In what could be his final start before the playoffs, Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Braves tonight and has been riding a hot streak since July. In his last 15 starts, Hudson is 10-2 with a 3.39 earned run average and posted his second win in a row in Sunday's 2-1 decision at Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Recap: Game 157 - Phillies at Mets - David Wright drives in winning run



Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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W: B. Parnell (4-6) L: B. Lidge (0-2)
S: M. Acosta (3)
HR: PHI - None   NYM - V. Pascucci (1)

R.A. Dickey pitched seven strong innings to give the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the struggling Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader.

Since winning the National League East, the Phillies have been slumping as the team has dropped seven straight games while scoring just 13 runs during that time. It is their first seven-game losing streak since dropping seven straight from June 20-28, 2006.

Dickey was able to continue the Phillies' frustration as he held the team to three hits and a run with one walk and four strikeouts. He didn't get the win, though, as it was grabbed by Bobby Parnell (4-6) for getting the final out of the eighth inning.

David Wright drove in the winning run while Valentino Pascucci hit a solo home run for the Mets, who have won their past two games.

Ryan Howard, playing for the first time since last Saturday, drove in the lone run for the Phillies, who got a four-hit, one-run performance over seven innings from starter Cole Hamels.

The doubleheader was made necessary due to last night's rainout in the opener.

Today's Mets Starting Lineup - Phillies at Mets - Game 157 (Game 1 - DH)


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Mets Starting Lineup GM 1 DH vs Phillies - Game 157

  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Tejada-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Bay-LF
  5. Evans-1B
  6. Harris-RF
  7. Nickeas-C
  8. Pridie-CF
  9. Dickey-RHP

Preview : Games 157/158 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Face Phillies in Split Double Dip


Philadelphia Phillies (98-58) at New York Mets (74-82), 1:10 p.m. & 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers for Split Double Header:

Game One: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) New York - R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35)

Game Two: Philadelphia - Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.30) New York - Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48)

Despite having already secured their fifth straight National League East title and also home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Philadelphia Phillies need to find their offense as they make final preparations for the postseason.

Today they'll open a weekend series against the New York Mets with a day/night doubleheader, necessitated by last night's rainout.

The Phillies have lost a season-high six straight games since clinching the division last Saturday. They have been held to three runs or less in 13 of their past 15 games, but have also been resting some regulars over the past few games. That is all slated to change this weekend.

"We do have to pick it up," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "It's time for us to get ready for the playoffs."

Slugger Ryan Howard hasn't played since last Saturday due to left heel bursitis and sore ankle, but is expected to start in at least one of Saturday's games. Outfielder Hunter Pence could return after missing the last three games to rest his left knee.

Philadelphia could have used the duo on Thursday, when it dropped a 6-1 decision to Washington that concluded a four-game sweep for the visitors.

Cole Hamels gets another chance at matching his career high single-season victory total in the opener of the twinbill, but has just one win in his last six outings and has struggled in his career versus the Mets.

Hamels lost his second straight start on Sunday versus the Cardinals, yielding four runs on seven hits over seven innings. He also yielded a pair of homers, giving him seven allowed over his last four games, but that hasn't concerned Manuel yet.

"Other than a couple of bad pitches, he was fine," the manager said.

Hamels won 15 games in 2007 and is 14-9 with a 2.80 earned run average this year, but those numbers would be better if not for the Mets. The 27-year-old southpaw has a 1-2 mark and 9.64 ERA in three starts versus New York in 2011, giving up seven runs over 4 1/3 frames the last time he faced the club on July 16 in New York.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tonight's Game Rained Out, Split Double Header Saturday


The Mets-Phillies game scheduled for Friday night has been rained out. The teams will make it up with a split doubleheader Saturday, at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

Sunday's game has been moved back an hour, to 2:10 p.m.

Tickets for Friday's game are scheduled for Saturday's night game.

Cole Hamels gets Game 1 Saturday opposite R.A. Dickey. Joe Blanton faces Dillon Gee in the night game, with Roy Halladay and Mike Pelfrey starting as planned Sunday.

Terry Collins indicated the rainout should cost Friday's scheduled starter, Dickey, pitching in Wednesday's season finale -- likely making Saturday the knuckleballer's final appearance.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Phillies at Mets - Game 157


Nickeas back in Lineup
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 157

  1. Jose Reyes, ss
  2. Ruben Tejada, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Jason Bay, lf
  5. Angel Pagan, cf
  6. Nick Evans, 1b
  7. Willie Harris, rf
  8. Mike Nickeas, c
  9. R.A. Dickey, rhp

Preview : Game 157 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Face the Beast of the East


Philadelphia Phillies (98-58) at New York Mets (74-82), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) New York - R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35)

The Phillies still have yet to win since clinching their fifth straight National League East title nearly a week ago. While motivation may be a factor given that the club has already locked up home-field advantage in the postseason, manager Charlie Manuel says it is time for his club to prepare for October.

Philadelphia will look to do just that tonight in the opener of a three-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.

The Phillies have lost a season-high six straight games since clinching the division last Saturday. They have been held to three runs or less in 13 of their past 15 games, but have also been resting some regulars over the past few games. That is all slated to change this weekend.

"We do have to pick it up," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "It's time for us to get ready for the playoffs."

Slugger Ryan Howard hasn't played since last Saturday due to left heel bursitis and sore ankle, but is expected to start tonight, rest tomorrow and then play Sunday. Outfielder Hunter Pence could return on Saturday after missing the last three games to rest his left knee.

Philadelphia could have used the duo on Thursday, when it dropped a 6-1 decision to Washington that concluded a four-game sweep for the visitors.

Roy Oswalt allowed six runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings, while Carlos Ruiz had three hits and an RBI in Philly's home finale in the regular season.

Cole Hamels gets another chance at matching his career high single-season win total tonight, but has just one win in his last six outings and has struggled in his career versus the Mets.

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