Showing posts with label Game 158. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 158. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 158 - Mets (1) at Reds (0) - Dice-K, Bullpen, Terrific

N.Y. Mets (73-85)«001000000140
Cincinnati (90-69)000000000040

W: D. Matsuzaka (3-3) L: M. Latos (14-7) S: L. Hawkins (13)
HR: NYM - None   CIN - None


Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 shutout innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati's Mat Latos in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series to further dampen Cincinnati's hopes of hosting the National League wild-card playoff game on Tuesday.

The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting Friday in Cincinnati.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in his first four starts after joining the Mets in August.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 158

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 158:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Justin Turner, 3b
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Juan Lagares, cf
  6. Mike Baxter, rf
  7. Juan Centeno, c
  8. Wilfredo Tovar, ss
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp

Preview: Game 158 - Mets at Reds - Dice-K vs Latos

New York Mets (72-85) at Cincinnati Reds (90-68) 12:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Matsuzaka (R) 6 2-3 5.525.21-15.529/20@PHIW6.0422-018.21.93
M. Latos (R) 31 14-6 3.236.09-12.899/20@PITND6.0840-119.25.49


Cincinnati (90-68) is headed to the postseason, but the team was eying a bigger prize that could become out of reach with one more defeat.

The Reds are third in the division race, one game back of Pittsburgh for second and three behind first-place St. Louis with four games to play.

Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23 ERA), who is probably getting his last chance at a career high in wins.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .316 over his last three starts. However, taking the mound at home could be just what he needs to reach the milestone.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Recap: Game 158 - Mets at Braves - Mets Get Blanked 2-0

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)
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Atlanta (92-66) «10001000x281
W: M. Minor (11-10) L: C. Young (4-9)
S: C. Kimbrel (41)
HR: NYM - None   ATL - None

Jason Heyward and Martin Prado each drove in a run and the Braves pitching staff blanked the New York Mets, 2-0, to win the second edition of a three-game set.

Mike Minor (11-10) was nearly untouchable for the playoff-bound Braves, who trail the NL East-leading Washington Nationals by four games with four left to play.

He gave up just three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out four. Minor won for the fourth time this month and has given up just three runs over his last five starts. He's won five straight decisions.

"His velocity has been up and has been pounding the zone," said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. "He's throwing all three pitches for strikes and hitting the corners. He's not just working in the middle of the plate, he's getting ahead of hitters. He's really turned the corner."

After putting two runners on in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel struck out pinch- hitter Ike Davis and Lucas Duda to earn his 41st save of the season.

Chris Young (4-9) was once again charged with the loss despite tossing his fourth straight quality start. He pitched six strong innings, but gave up two runs on seven hits. He struck out six.

"Ultimately, it's about team wins and losses," said Young. "All in all, there were some really good things. It was a great year to bounce back, it's the most I've pitched since 2008. There were a lot of positives."

Chipper Jones, who is playing his final regular season games at Turner Field, once again went 0-for-4.

Prado finished 2-for-4 and scored a run in the first and drove in the Braves' second run in the fifth.

In the first, Prado ripped a one-out double to right, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Young and scurried home on Heyward's groundout to short. After Andrelton Simmons singled to leadoff the fifth, Minor sacrificed him over and Prado drove another double, this one to left field, to score Simmons from second.

The Mets managed just five hits all game, but had their best chance to score in the ninth inning.

Ruben Tejada reached on a fielding error by Uggla to leadoff the ninth. After Kimbrel got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to fly out, he hit David Wright with a pitch, bringing Davis to the plate. However, Kimbrel was able to fan Davis and Duda struck out looking to end the game.

Game Notes

Tejada had his 10-game hitting streak snapped ... The Mets lost for just the second time in their last nine games ... Prado becomes the 10th player in franchise history to accomplish 60 multi-hit games in a season.

Box Score:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Preview: Game 158 - Mets at Braves - Young vs Minor

New York Mets (73-84) at Atlanta Braves (91-66) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Young (R) 19 4-8 4.215.14-44.459/23MIAND6.0510-118.22.89
M. Minor (L) 29 10-10 4.275.26-43.479/22@PHIW6.0222-017.21.53

Coming down the stretch this season, Mike Minor has been one of the best pitchers in the Atlanta Braves rotation.

Minor aims to win his fifth consecutive decision tonight when the playoff- bound Braves continue their three-game set against the New York Mets.

The left-hander, who is unbeaten in his last six starts and hasn't lost since Aug. 19 to the Dodgers, has given up three runs over his last four starts. Minor is 2-1 with a 7.56 ERA in five games against the Mets.

Chris Young, who has just one victory over his last eight starts, counters for the Mets. The righty is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in seven contests versus the Braves.

Atlanta heads into Saturday trailing the Washington Nationals by four games with five left to play for the NL East lead. The Nats have a magic number of two to clinch the division, meaning they can do so on Saturday with a win coupled by a Braves loss.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Recap: Game 158 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Sweep Double Header, capped off by a 5 run 3rd inning

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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W: D. Gee (13-6) L: D. Herndon (1-4)
S: M. Acosta (4)
HR: PHI - None   NYM - None

The New York Mets, aided by a five-run third inning in the nightcap of a doubleheader, earned a 6-3 win over a Philadelphia Phillies club that has lost eight games in seven days since clinching the NL East.

The Phillies dropped both games Saturday, losing 2-1 in the opener behind R.A. Dickey's strong start. They own the longest losing streak in major league history by a team that had already won at least 98 games.

Josh Thole knocked in two runs and Dillon Gee (13-6) earned the win with six quality innings for New York, which has won three straight.

Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Phillies, who have scored more than three runs just once on their recent skid. They had not dropped eight straight since the 2000 season.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Phillies at Mets - Game 158 (Game 2 - DH)

Mets Starting Lineup Game 2 (DH) vs Phillies - Game 158:  Let the Real Game Begin

  1. Tejada-SS
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Harris-LF
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Evans-RF
  6. Thole-C
  7. Satin-1B
  8. Pridie-CF
  9. Gee-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.

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