Showing posts with label Game 42. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 42. Show all posts

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 42 - Mets (5) at Nationals (2) - Juan Lagares Day!, Mets Win!


New York


W: B. Colon (3-5) L: G. Gonzalez (3-4) S: J. Mejia (1)
HR: NYM - J. Lagares (2)   WAS - I. Desmond (6)


Juan Lagares homered, drove in three runs and provided his usual gold-glove caliber defense to help the New York Mets take down the Washington Nationals, 5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set from Nationals Park.

Eric Campbell drove in two runs for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Lagares, Campbell and Daniel Murphy all had two hits and scored once.

Bartolo Colon (3-5) had Washington off-balance for most of the afternoon, tossing eight strong innings of five-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts. Jenrry Mejia, who won his first three decisions of the season as a starter, pitched out of the pen for the third time and recorded his first major league save with a scoreless ninth. Mejia had just one save in his professional career -- a minor league save in 2007 while playing in the Dominican summer league -- to this point.

Washington had won the first four meetings between the two clubs this season.

The recent struggles continued for Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (3-4), who surrendered seven runs on nine hits against the Athletics in his last start. It wasn't much better this time around, as Gonzalez exited after yielding five runs in three innings to absorb the loss.

Gonzalez struck out leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. to start the contest, but it was all downhill from there. Murphy and David Wright singled and Chris Young walked to load the bags for Campbell, whose single to center made it 2-0. Young moved to third on Campbell's poke and scored when Lagares slapped a pitch the other way to right one batter later.

Campbell singled with one away in the third inning for Lagares, who extended the margin to 5-0 when he took a 3-2 Gonzalez offering over the wall in left- center.

Ian Desmond's two-run shot to left in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-2, and Jayson Werth nearly made it 5-3 with a solo shot two innings later, but Lagares made sure that didn't happen.

Werth, who ended Friday's contest by robbing Murphy of a potential game-tying homer, started the sixth by drilling a pitch to the wall in center that looked destined to clear the wall. Lagares tracked it the whole way and leaped, grabbing the ball at his highest point and keeping it in the ballpark.

Werth led off the ninth with a single up the middle against Mejia, but Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa struck out around a Desmond grounder into a fielders' choice.

Game Notes

The Mets moved to 11-10 on the road this season but still find themselves two games under .500 on the season ... Desmond had two of Washington's six hits ... The Nationals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Todays' Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 42

Todays' Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 42

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Chris Young, rf
  5. Eric Campbell, 1b
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Wilmer Flores, ss
  9. Bartolo Colon, rhp

Preview: Game 42 - Mets (19-22) at Nationals (22-19) - Colon (2-5) vs Gonzalez (3-3)

Preview: Game 42
New York Mets (19-22) at Washington Nationals (22-19)

Pitching Probables - Bartolo Colon (2-5) 5.84 ERA vs Gio Gonzalez (3-3) 3.97 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:05 PM

Starters Overall
Starters Last 3
Overall Stats
NY Mets19-2217-17-7.2293.87.345.304
Last 10 Stats
NY Mets3-74- 5-1.2283.59.363.296
Washington5-54- 4-2.2443.65.361.289
Away Stats
NY Mets10-1010- 5-5.2574.46.386.325
Washington10-1013- 6-1.2494.34.426.308
Home Stats
NY Mets9-127-12-2.2003.38.302.282


The Washington Nationals are on the brink of matching their longest winning streak over the New York Mets.

Gio Gonzalez looks to continue his dominance over the Mets and lead the Nationals to a 10th straight win in the series Saturday.

With a 5-2 win in Friday's opener, Washington (22-19) moved within one victory of matching the franchise's longest winning streak in the all-time series, set by the Montreal Expos from 1979-80.

Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97 ERA) has put together his own dominant stretch against the Mets (19-22), going 6-0 with a 1.61 ERA in seven starts. He's won three straight while yielding one run and seven hits with 21 strikeouts in 22 innings.

The left-hander connected for a solo homer off Bartolo Colon -- Saturday's scheduled starter -- while allowing one run and three hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 5-1 win April 2.

Gonzalez, though, is 0-2 with a 5.16 ERA over his last four starts, and his latest was his worst of the season. He surrendered seven runs and nine hits -- two homers -- while being pulled with one out in the fifth inning of Sunday's 9-1 loss at Oakland.

Facing the Mets could be just what Gonzalez is looking for since they're among the worst offensive teams in baseball with a .229 average. They've been even worse during a three-game slide, batting .152 while their two runs Friday ended a stretch of 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

The offensive issues caused manager Terry Collins to bench Juan Lagares in favor of Bobby Abreu on Friday. Abreu went 1 for 2 with two walks, but Lagares is expected to return to center field, potentially moving Curtis Granderson to right and Abreu to the bench.

Lagares is 5 for 27 (.185) in his last 11 games, but he's 5 for 11 with four extra-base hits and four runs in four meetings with Washington this year. He doubled and tripled in three at-bats versus Gonzalez on April 2.

Having Colon (2-5, 5.84) prevent the opposition from scoring would also help.

The right-hander, who turns 41 next week, is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts this month -- all on the road. At Yankee Stadium on Monday, he surrendered seven runs and 11 hits -- including a grand slam -- in 5 2/3 innings while not getting a decision in a 9-7 win.

Colon has served up a team-high eight homers after allowing 14 with Oakland last year.

Mets have to hit, Colon has to Pitch well in this one.... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recap: Game 42 - Reds (4) at Mets (3) - Jay Bruce Spoils Mets Opener

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W: J. Cueto (2-0) L: S. Marcum (0-5) S: A. Chapman (9)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (6)   NYM - M. Byrd (4)


Jay Bruce belted the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and Aroldis Chapman made it stand up in the ninth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

Bruce and Brandon Phillips each drove in two runs, and Johnny Cueto (2-0) returned from the disabled list and fanned eight over five innings to get the win. Cueto had been sidelined with a strained right lat. He last started April 13 in a 3-1 loss against Pittsburgh, but on Monday the right-hander gave up just three hits and as many runs while walking four batters.

The Reds have won eight of their last 10 games.

Chapman, who blew his past two save opportunities, including Sunday when giving up back-to-back ninth inning homers at Philadelphia, fanned two in a 1-2-3 final frame for his ninth save of the year.

Shaun Marcum (0-5) allowed six hits and the four runs, while fanning seven in taking the loss in the opener of this three-game series. Marlon Byrd belted a three-run homer.

Bruce lined Marcum's first pitch of the sixth inning over the wall in right field to give the Reds a 4-3 edge.

Cincinnati loaded the bases against LaTroy Hawkins in the seventh, but Bruce struck out to end the frame. Hawkins walked off the mound upset at the strike zone calls from home plate umpire Tom Hallion and was promptly ejected from the game along with Mets manager Terry Collins.

Jonathan Broxton worked around a single to keep the Mets off the board in the eighth inning before Chapman finished it.

The Reds took advantage of an obstruction call during a three-run opening inning. Shin-Soo Choo walked to start the game, and with one out Joey Votto singled to right field. The ball hit off first base, but Votto was thrown out by right fielder Marlon Byrd going to second. Ike Davis was ruled to have impeded the progress of Votto around first, and the interference error put two Cincinnati players in scoring position.

Phillips then blooped a two-run single to right, and Bruce extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double to the same part of the field.

"We've got to execute very, very well. We can't give up extra outs," Collins said. "We have to make plays and keep the ball in the ballpark, which has hurt us at times. We have to play pretty perfect baseball right now."

Cueto escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first thanks to three-time Gold Glove winner Phillips, who made a diving stop on a grounder by Davis and threw to first for the final out of the inning.

Rick Ankiel singled and David Wright walked to start the New York third, and one out later Byrd belted an offering over the wall in left field to tie the score.

"It looked like he was feeling his way in the strike zone, really didn't let it go," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cueto. "He came back and pitched well after that. He built on that and got the win. The bullpen did a heck of a job."

Phillips flied out to right to strand a pair of runners in scoring position in the fifth.

Game Notes

Bruce has an RBI in five straight games with nine runs driven in during that span ... The Mets signed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract on Monday and assigned the right-hander to Triple-A Las Vegas ... The Mets have scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their last 14 games ... The Reds are 10-5 at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 42

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 42

  1. Daniel Murphy-2B
  2. Rick Ankiel-CF
  3. David Wright-3B
  4. Lucas Duda-LF
  5. Marlon Byrd-RF
  6. Ike Davis-1B
  7. John Buck-C
  8. Ruben Tejada-SS
  9. Shaun Marcum-P

Mets Notes: Daniel Murphy remains in the lead-off slot and Ike Davis moves down to the six slot...

Preview: Game 42 - Reds at Mets - Cueto vs Marcum

Cincinnati Reds (26-18) at New York Mets (17-24) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Cueto (R) 3 1-0 2.606.00-02.084/13@PITND4.1211-017.12.60
S. Marcum (R) 4 0-4 6.755.20-29.355/15@STLL6.2520-215.26.32


Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto makes his first appearance in more than a month on Monday night when the Reds visit Citi Field for the first of three games with the New York Mets.

The 27-year-old Dominican led the Reds with 19 victories last season, but had his 2013 short-circuited early with a strained right lat muscle that landed him on the 15-disabled list as of April 14.

He hasn't pitched since a day earlier, when he was touched for two hits and a run in 4 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh in a game the Reds ultimately lost, 3-1.

In three overall appearances prior to the injury, Cueto allowed five runs on 12 hits in 17 1/3 innings, with six walks and 18 strikeouts.

He's 1-3 in six career meetings with the Mets.

For New York, righty Shaun Marcum makes a sixth attempt at a first win in a Mets uniform.

The 31-year-old Kansas City native was 7-4 in 21 starts with Milwaukee last season, then signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Mets in January.

He dropped a 9-4 decision to Philadelphia in his debut outing on April 27, and has subsequently lost three decisions in four starts while posting a 6.75 earned run average.

Marcum is 1-1 in four lifetime meetings with the Reds.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recap: Game 42 - Mets at Pirates - Pirates rally late to win, 5-4

PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

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Pittsburgh (20-22) «00020021x580

W: J. Hughes (1-0) L: J. Rauch (3-3)
S: J. Hanrahan (10)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - M. McKenry (3)


Clint Barmes drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win over the Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Michael McKenry hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh and Jared Hughes (1-0) stranded a pair of the top of the eighth to earn the win. Joel Hanrahan picked up his 10th save of the season while starter Erik Bedard allowed four runs on six hits over five innings.

"4-0 down with (Johan) Santana on the mound? That's not the way I drew it up driving to the park today," remarked Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "But the boys were able to chip away."

The Mets scored all of their runs in the second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run single from Justin Turner. David Wright improved his average to .415 with a pair of hits.

Jon Rauch (3-3) gave up the sac fly to Barmes to take the loss and Santana allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Rauch was not charged with the deciding run. He induced leadoff batter Neil Walker into a catchable fly but left fielder Mike Baxter and center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis simultaneously converged on the ball. They did not collide, but the ball glanced off Nieuwenhuis' glove and rolled to the wall, allowing Walker to reach third base. He crossed the plate, narrowly sliding in ahead of the tag, when Barmes lifted a shallow fly to right.

In the second inning, Vinny Rottino singled and scored on Ronny Cedeno's double to center. Walks to Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres loaded the bases with two down and Turner delivered a two-run single through the left side. Wright followed with an RBI base hit to right field.

"This was the third or fourth game now where we've scored three or four in an inning, and we look up later and that's all we've got," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to add on, it would make it a lot easier for our pitching staff."

It was 4-2 in the fourth inning courtesy of back-to-back-to-back doubles by Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. The Pirates left the bases loaded in the inning, but tied the game in the seventh when Barmes led off with a base hit and McKenry followed with a homer to left.

Game Notes

Hanrahan faced the minimum in the ninth inning...McKenry hit his third home run of the season...Santana saw his streak of five straight quality starts come to an end...The Mets were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Preview: Game 42 - Mets at Pirates - Santana Opens up against Pirates

New York Mets (22-19) at Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22) 7:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Santana (L) 8 1-2 2.896.10-14.735/16CINND6.2621-019.23.66
E. Bedard (L) 8 2-5 3.075.20-21.805/16@WSHL6.0641-112.04.50


David Wright didn't play in any of the New York Mets' eight games against Pittsburgh last season. The Pirates probably aren't looking forward to renewing acquaintances this week.

Wright will try to help the Mets win consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks when they open a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday night.

Even an illness barely slowed Wright down over the weekend. The third baseman sat out New York's shutout loss to Toronto on Saturday, then went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a walk in a 6-5 win Sunday, raising his major-league leading batting average to .412.

Wright didn't face Pittsburgh in 2011 due to injury. While his .264 average versus the Pirates is tied for his lowest against an NL opponent, he put together an eight-game hitting streak against them from June 4, 2009-Sept. 14, 2010, batting .367 in that span.

The Mets (22-19) earned the badly needed victory Sunday after losing four of five.

"It's a great way to leave town and it's a good note to go to Pittsburgh on," left fielder Mike Baxter said after collecting three hits.

Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89 ERA) looks to continue his strong pitching Monday after yet another outing in which he was victimized by a lack of run support and the bullpen blowing the lead for a second straight start.

The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday, departing with the Mets up 3-2.

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