Showing posts with label Game 78. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 78. Show all posts

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Recap: Game 78 - Nationals (13) at Mets (2) - Wheeler Effort Not Good, Bullpen even worse


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W: G. Gonzalez (5-3) L: Z. Wheeler (1-1)
HR: WAS - A. LaRoche (12),J. Werth (8),K. Suzuki (3),I. Desmond (15)   NYM - J. Buck (14)

Recap:

Gio Gonzalez capped a solid June with another effective start and the Washington Nationals battered Zack Wheeler early and often in his Citi Field debut en route to a 13-2 thumping of the New York Mets.

Gonzalez (5-3) limited New York to three hits over seven shutout innings while fanning seven to earn his second straight win. The lefty didn't allow more than two earned runs in any of his six starts (40 1/3 innings) this month.

The Nationals received solo homers from Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth in putting up five runs on Wheeler (1-1), with the highly touted Mets phenom lasting just 4 2/3 innings in his first home appearance.

Each position player knocked in a run for Washington, with Werth scoring four times, Denard Span adding three hits and Kurt Suzuki contributing a two-run homer to a six-run eighth inning that emphatically locked up a series victory.

"It was nice to see the bats come alive," said Washington manager Davey Johnson. "Will make that trip home a lot shorter."

Wheeler was tipping his pitches in his last outing against the White Sox, and looked to correct the problem in a 1-2-3 first inning on Sunday. However, it all unraveled from there.

LaRoche crushed Wheeler's first pitch of the second, sending it off the Pepsi Porch in right to begin a four-run frame for Washington.

Wheeler needed 37 pitches to get out the inning, with Ian Desmond and Span pounding RBI doubles around Suzuki's infield run-scoring hit. Werth then hit a mammoth homer to left in the third for a 5-0 Nationals lead.

"The first inning I was hitting my spots, everything was working," Wheeler said. "Then I started leaving some balls up. I'm starting to learn the hard way you can't get away with mistakes up here."

Gonzalez worked out of his only real threat in his final inning of work, retiring three in a row after allowing the first two batters of the frame to reach.

Washington then went on blow the game open, with Roger Bernadina's run-scoring ground-rule double preceding a two-run blast from Suzuki that gave the Nationals an eight-run lead.

Anthony Rendon then knocked in a pair with a double off the left field wall and Ryan Zimmerman's RBI base hit capped the explosive frame.

Mets catcher Anthony Recker came on to pitch the ninth and served up Desmond's ninth homer in the month of June, a two-run shot into left that made it a 13-0 game.

John Buck delivered New York's only runs with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Game Notes

The Mets are 15-25 at Citi Field this season ... New York's Eric Young Jr. had an eight-game hitting streak snapped ... Desmond finished the month with 28 RBI, setting a Nationals record for most collected in a calendar month. Adam Dunn held the previous mark, knocking in 27 runs in May of 2009 ... Washington had six doubles and 13 hits for the contest.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 78


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 78:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Josh Satin, 1b
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Juan Lagares, cf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

Preview: Games 78 - Nationals at Mets - Gonzalez vs Wheeler


Washington Nationals (40-40) at New York Mets (33-44) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
G. Gonzalez (L) 16 4-3 3.315.21-13.496/25ARIW6.1921-020.12.21
Z. Wheeler (R) 2 1-0 3.185.20-00.006/25@CHWND5.1441-011.13.18

Preview:

New York Mets promising prospect Zack Wheeler makes his Citi Field debut Sunday when they conclude their three-game series.

Wheeler, a 23-year-old right-hander, didn't get a decision in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. He threw 109 pitches over 5 1/3 innings in his second big league start and allowed four hits and four runs. Wheeler broke into the majors June 18 by throwing six shutout innings in a win at Atlanta.

The Nationals counter with left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who is 1-0 over his last five appearances. Gonzalez, who hasn't lost since May 27 against Baltimore, is coming off a victory Tuesday versus Arizona when he yielded nine hits and a pair of runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. He was touched for five hits and five runs in four innings of a no-decision at Citi Field on April 20.

Dillon Gee tossed six solid innings, Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd each scored twice and the Mets tallied all their runs in the middle innings to take a 5-1 victory on Saturday.

The Mets lost the opener of this three-game series on Friday after the bullpen spoiled another dominant outing from Matt Harvey, but received three scoreless innings of relief Saturday to finish off Gee's fourth win in five decisions.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey Wins his 12th game


Final Score: New York 9, Los Angeles 0

Recap:
R.A. Dickey bounced back from a rough start to finish an otherwise flawless June with eight strong innings as the New York Mets dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-0, in the second of a four-game set.

Dickey (12-1) capped a fantastic June with a three-hit effort on Friday that saw him walk one and strike out 10. He began the month with a seven-hit blanking of St. Louis on June 2 and also shutout Baltimore on June 18. His last start on Sunday saw him get tagged for five runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Yankees.

"The ball came out of my hand easy tonight," Dickey said. "I hit the strike zone, I've been able to be consistent. I thought mechanically things went well."

He went 5-0 in June, helping him become the first 12-game winner in the majors. During the month, he allowed just five earned runs in 48 1/3 innings, striking out 55 while walking eight and giving up 21 hits.

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run and drove in five while Ruben Tejada went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Mets, who have won three straight.

Aaron Harang (5-5) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings to stay winless over his past four starts. He also had one of the three hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped six straight and have been blanked in four of those games.

"We didn't do a whole lot with R.A. We had trouble getting anything going. We have to stay the course, you go through rocky points during the season," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

The Mets wasted a bases loaded chance in the first inning, but got on the board in the third.

Andres Torres reached base on Jerry Hairston's error and Tejada followed with a single. David Wright singled home the first run and Ike Davis hit into a double play to drive in Tejada for a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Mets plated three more runs. With one out, Tejada doubled and Wright followed with an intentional walk. Two batters later, Duda singled home one runner and Murphy drove home the next two with a double for a 5-0 lead.

Murphy's three-run home run in the seventh was followed later in the inning by a Tejada single to center for a 9-0 lead.

Dickey retired the first eight batters he faced before Harang slipped a single to center.

After that he set down the next nine batters before plunking Dee Gordon with two outs in the sixth.

That prompted a warning to both benches by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor as Harang had hit Tejada with a pitch in the Mets' prior at-bat.

The Dodgers got two on with one out in the seventh, but James Loney hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Dickey stranded a runner on third in the eighth before stepping aside for Jeremy Hefner, who blanked the Dodgers in the ninth to cap the shutout.

Game Notes

Dickey has won his last 10 decisions, a span of 12 starts, after his only loss of the season on April 18 in Atlanta...Murphy tied a career-high in RBI...The Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 11 and have scored just 15 runs during that stretch...The Mets have won seven of their last nine against the Dodgers.

Box Score:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Preview: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey will try for his 12th win


New York Mets (41-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
R. Dickey (R) 15 11-1 2.316.05-12.896/24NYYND6.0552-024.01.88
A. Harang (R) 15 5-4 3.816.01-12.516/24@LAAND6.0830-116.23.24

Preview:
R.A. Dickey's lengthy run of dominance might have come to an end, but he certainly poses a difficult challenge for the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers.

The knuckleballer looks to bounce back from his worst start in more than a month and help the visiting New York Mets hand the Dodgers a season-high sixth straight loss Friday night.

Dickey (11-1, 2.31 ERA) was coming off consecutive one-hitters and had not allowed an earned run over 44 2-3 innings before he gave up four in the third of Sunday's 6-5 home loss to the New York Yankees. The right-hander did not factor in the decision, but allowed five runs and five hits in six innings to end his six-start winning streak.

"As controllable as the knuckleball has been for me, it's still a very fickle pitch from time to time," Dickey told the Mets' official website.

Dickey, 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 12 starts since losing at Atlanta on April 18, hopes to get back on track and earn a major league-leading 12th win Friday.

The 37-year-old veteran is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. He allowed two hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of a 1-0 loss July 25, 2010, his only previous appearance at Dodger Stadium.

Dickey might be the last pitcher Los Angeles (43-34) wants to see in its current state. Though the Dodgers ended their stretch of 33 straight scoreless innings Thursday, they still suffered their ninth loss in 10 games, falling 3-2 to open this four-game series.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy Recap : Game 78 - Mets at Rangers - Jose Reyes Leads the Charge to Victory


Final Score: NY Mets 8, Texas 3

First off, my apologies for no preview today - went fishing...got skunked

But....., 

Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and another driven in, sparking the Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Rangers.

Daniel Murphy added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for New York, which took two of three in the interleague series.

Dillon Gee (8-1), coming off his first loss of the season, got back in the win column with a quality six-inning start of three runs allowed on eight hits.

Derek Holland (6-3) was knocked around for 12 hits and seven runs -- just three earned -- in six-plus inning for Texas. Michael Young went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a losing effort.

The Rangers took the series opener before getting routed, 14-5, on Saturday. They handed the Mets a first-inning run in the finale when a wild pitch allowed Reyes to score.

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