Showing posts with label Game 81. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 81. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 81 - Mets (5) at Pirates (3) - Mets beat up Cole early, Niese Finally Gets Win


New York


W: J. Niese (5-4) L: G. Cole (6-4) S: J. Mejia (8)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None


Daniel Murphy's second-inning single knocked in two of five early runs for the New York Mets, who came away with a 5-3 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates to halt a three-game losing streak.

The Mets scored three times in the first inning off Gerrit Cole in the young Pittsburgh hurler's first start since June 3, then struck twice more in the second to stake Jon Niese to a comfortable lead.

Niese (5-4) got through six innings to allow three runs and strike out five, with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combining to hold the Pirates scoreless the rest of the way.

Cole (6-4) lasted just four innings, permitting seven hits and three walks while laboring through 93 pitches.

Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss, just the second in the Pirates' last eight games.

Cole, returning from a 3 1/2-week absence due to shoulder fatigue, had retired two of the first three batters before the Mets strung together three straight two-out hits to move in front.

Lucas Duda singled to keep the opening inning alive for Eric Campbell, who ripped a double down the third-base line to bring home Ruben Tejada for a 1-0 edge. After a wild pitch from Cole enabled Duda to cross the plate, Kirk Nieuwenhuis came through with a base hit to increase the lead to 3-0.

Cole then got himself in further trouble by issuing a pair of walks an inning afterward, setting up Murphy's two-run hit that followed stolen bases from Eric Young and Curtis Granderson.

Niese, in contrast to Cole, breezed through the initial three innings prior to temporarily losing command of the strike zone in the fourth. He walked three straight Pittsburgh hitters during the frame, with Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart drawing the last two with the bases loaded to pull the Bucs within 5-2.

Andrew McCutchen had began Pittsburgh's half of the fourth with a double and reached third on Harrison's infield single.

The Pirates inched closer in the fifth, when Gaby Sanchez's two-out double preceded singles by Harrison and Neil Walker that accounted for another run. Niese bounced back with a 1-2-3 sixth, however, and Familia retired all six men he faced before Mejia notched his eighth save with a clean ninth.

Campbell, filling in for an injured David Wright (shoulder) at third base, ended 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Game Notes

Both teams donned Negro League uniforms as part of the Pirates' Heritage Weekend celebration, with the Bucs honoring the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Mets the Brooklyn Royal Giants ... Ernesto Frieri, acquired by the Pirates from the Angels Friday in exchange for deposed closer Jason Grilli, threw a perfect top of the ninth in his Pittsburgh debut ... McCutchen's double gave him 20 extra-base hits in June, making him the first Pirate to have that many in a month since Brian Giles in June of 2001 ... The Mets improved to 17-11 in day games.

Box Score:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 81

Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 81

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
7. Anthony Recker (R) C
8. Jon Niese (L) P
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF

Preview: Game 81 - Mets at Pirates - Niese vs Cole

Preview: Game 81
New York Mets (36-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-39)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.63 ERA)
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:05 PM


Pittsburgh (41-39) has won six of seven games behind a 2.16 ERA from the starters, almost two runs below its season mark that ranks near the bottom of the NL.

That recent success includes a pair of impressive performances from Vance Worley and Brandon Cumpton, who combined to allow three runs in 14 innings to lead the Pirates to wins in the first two games of this four-game series.

Cumpton went seven innings Friday and allowing two runs before Josh Harrison's walkoff double gave the Pirates a 3-2, 11-inning win.

Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) will pitch for the first time since allowing one run with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-1 victory at San Diego on June 3.

The right-hander was 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA over his last four starts before going on the disabled list. He's 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in his past seven home games dating to 2013.

Cole, though, was charged with a 4-2 loss in his only meeting with the Mets on July 14, giving up three runs with five strikeouts in five innings.

He won't have to contend with David Wright, who was scratched Friday due to a sore left shoulder and is headed back to New York for an MRI. The All-Star third baseman has batted .385 with eight RBIs over his past 10 games.

That stretch included two hits and an RBI the last time Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78) took the mound.

The left-hander finally got some help while winning for the first time in six starts Sunday, allowing three runs in six innings and getting plenty of run support in an 11-5 win at Miami. He'd received three or fewer runs in 11 of his first 14 starts this season.

Niese also helped himself with a successful suicide squeeze, while giving up fewer than four runs for the 19th straight start.

He's certainly done that in his two games at Pittsburgh, winning both while allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings. His most recent matchup with the Pirates came at home May 27, when he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-2 victory, though he didn't get a decision.

Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 10 with two doubles against Niese. The star center fielder has one hit in each of the first two games of this series and is batting .347 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 25 games this month.

He's gone 10 for 25 over his past seven meetings with the Mets (36-44).

Pittsburgh acquired Ernesto Frieri in a trade Friday, sending Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels in a deal involving a pair of struggling former closers.

Frieri had a career-high 37 saves with a 3.80 ERA last year, but has blown three of 14 save opportunities while posting a 6.39 ERA in 2014.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Recap: Game 81 - D'Backs (5) at Mets (3) - Harvey not a mudder, D'Backs rough him up, drops to 7-2

Arizona (43-41)«0000032005100
N.Y. Mets (35-46)0002000103101

W: R. Delgado (1-2) L: M. Harvey (7-2) S: H. Bell (15)
HR: ARI - C. Ross (5)   NYM - D. Wright (13),J. Satin (1),D. Murphy (6)


In desperate need of a win, the Arizona Diamondbacks were able to break through against one of the hottest pitchers in baseball.

Cody Ross cracked a three-run homer and the D'backs roughed up Matt Harvey to take a 5-3 victory from the New York Mets and end a season-worst five-game losing streak.

Arizona had dropped the first two of this four-game set and eight of nine overall coming into Wednesday's affair, but were able to pound out five runs against Harvey (7-2) over the sixth and seventh frames to mount a sustainable lead on a rainy night at Citi Field.

Eric Chavez and Miguel Montero each had two hits and an RBI, while Randall Delgado (1-2) picked up his first win in an Arizona uniform with nine strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball.

By picking up the victory, Delgado also ended a franchise-record tying 24 straight games in which a D'backs starter failed to pick up a win. Their starters went 0-11 over the stretch.

It was the most runs Harvey has allowed in a start all season, with the right- handed hurler serving up nine hits and yielding three walks over six-plus frames. He did strike out nine batters.

David Wright, Josh Satin and Daniel Murphy each homered to account for New York's offense.

The start of the contest was delayed by a 1 hour, 51-minute rain delay, but Wright staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead in the fourth, reaching down in the zone to pull a Delgado offering into the left field seats. Two batters later, Satin followed suit with the first home run of his career, also to left field.

Harvey scattered four hits while keeping Arizona off the board through the first five frames, but that all went to the wayside when Ross smacked a three- run homer to left in the sixth to provide the D'backs with a 3-2 advantage.

New York's ace then exited in the seventh without recording an out after facing three batters, with Chavez's RBI double past the leaping reach of left fielder Eric Young Jr. finishing his outing.

Scott Rice then entered out of the bullpen, but Montero greeted him with sac fly to push Arizona's lead to 5-2. Rice then issued a pair of walks to load the bases with one out, but David Aardsma relieved him and retired Ross and Cliff Pennington to escape further damage.

Murphy kept the Mets within striking distance with a blast into right field in the eighth to make it 5-3, but failed to tack on more after Wright ripped a ground-rule double.

Heath Bell was able to work around a two-out single from John Buck in the ninth to notch his 15th save.

Game Notes

Satin went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games ... Arizona improved to 2-7 on its 10-game road trip, which will wrap up with Thursday's series finale ... Tony Campana scored a run in his recall from Triple-A Reno ... The D'backs placed infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day DL prior to the contest.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs D'Backs - Game 81

Satin keeps hitting
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs D'Backs - Game 81:
  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Josh Satin, 1b
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Preview: Game 81 - D'Backs at Mets - Delgado vs Harvey

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-41) at New York Mets (35-45) 7:00 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Delgado (R) 3 0-2 4.055.10-14.506/28@ATLL6.0820-218.03.50
M. Harvey (R) 17 7-1 2.006.12-11.776/28WSHND7.0312-020.01.80


It didn't take long for Matt Harvey to make a name for himself in his big-league debut last July.

The Arizona Diamondbacks got the first look at a budding star and will try to slow down the New York hurler on Wednesday in the third contest of a four-game series against the Mets.

The seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft by the Mets, Harvey began his MLB career last season with 10 starts. The first came on July 26 in Arizona, where he struck out 11 over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball to claim a 3-1 win.

Harvey concluded the campaign 3-5 with a 2.73 earned run average and brought a lot of hype with him into this season. He has lived up to the expectations so far, constantly flashing no-hit stuff while going 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA and an NL-leading 132 strikeouts in 17 starts.

The 24-year-old righty won two straight starts before getting a no-decision versus Washington on Friday despite another great outing. Harvey yielded just a run on three hits over seven innings, but the bullpen could not hold a three-run lead in an eventual 6-4 loss.

"It's baseball and it happens," said Harvey. "Those guys go out every single day and pitch their butt off. Today just happened to be one of those days."

Harvey fanned 11 versus the Nationals, giving him seven career double-digit strikeout games over his first 27 starts.

A lack of run support cost Randall Delgado a good shot at a victory in his last start and he'll try again Wednesday for his first win in a Diamondbacks uniform.

Acquired this past offseason in the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, Delgado is 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA and is coming off a loss to his former Braves club. He took a 3-0 defeat after allowing a pair of runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings.

It marked the first time this season that Arizona was shut out.

"It happens," Delgado said of the lack of run support. "Everyone has been playing well and making plays at the right time. We just lost today."

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 81 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Crush Phillies, 11-1

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (44-37) «13020302x11150

W: J. Niese (7-3) L: V. Worley (4-5)

HR: PHI - C. Ruiz (12)   NYM - D. Wright (10)

Jon Niese tossed eight strong innings and chipped in with two RBI as the New York Mets pounded the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Niese (7-3) surrendered just one run on three hits and two walks to win his third straight start.

"What he has been doing is really going after hitters," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Niese. "He's stepped up and started showing guys what he can do."

David Wright added a three-run home run and four RBI while Daniel Murphy also knocked in four runs for the Mets, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Vance Worley (4-5) was touched for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over just four innings to take the loss for Philadelphia, which dropped its sixth straight contest.

"Usually he keeps us in the game and most of the time he gives us a chance to win. Tonight, they got on him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about Worley. "They were hitting the ball and they were hitting the ball hard. He got hurt."

The Phillies fell to 10 games under .500 (36-46) for the first time since July 22, 2002.

The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Murphy hit a one-out triple just out of the reach of a sliding John Mayberry in left field and came home on Wright's grounder to third.

Philadelphia answered with Carlos Ruiz's leadoff home run to left field in the second inning, but New York quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the frame after loading the bases on a walk by Lucas Duda and back-to-back singles by Andres Torres and Josh Thole.

Niese then slapped a base hit up the middle to plate Duda and Torres. Thole was thrown out trying to take third on the play and following Ruben Tejada's single, Murphy ripped a double into left-center field to score Niese. Tejada also tried to score on the hit, but Jimmy Rollins' relay throw beat Tejada to the plate and he was tagged out by Ruiz to end the inning and keep it a 4-1 game.

New York added to its lead in the fourth inning when Thole singled, advanced to second on a Niese sacrifice bunt and scored on Tejada's base hit to center field. Tejada moved up to second base on Shane Victorino's throw to the plate and quickly came home on Murphy's single to left field to give the Mets a 6-1 cushion.

Niese walked and Tejada singled prior to Wright's blast to straightaway center field in the sixth inning to pull the Mets even further away.

The Phillies, meanwhile, did not advance a runner past first base following Ruiz's home run until Hunter Pence singled and moved up a base on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.

But Pence would be stranded there and Murphy's two-run double in the eighth inning accounted for the final margin as Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Game Notes

Wright's home run moved him past Howard Johnson for sole possession of third place on the Mets' all-time list with 193...Wright also became the first player in Mets history to hit 10 or more home runs in nine separate seasons...New York improved to 24-17 at home this season, while Philadelphia fell to 19-22 on the road...The Mets hit 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 81

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 81:
  1. Ruben Tejada, SS
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Lucas Duda, RF
  6. Scott Hairston, LF
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF
  8. Josh Thole, C
  9. Jonathon Niese, LHP

Matchup Report: Phillies Hitters vs Jon Niese - Niese will have to contain Phillies Right Hand Hitters

Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. Jonathon Niese
Mike Fontenot1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Freddy Galvis7 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .143 .143 .143 .286
Ryan Howard13 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 .077 .143 .077 .220
Hector Luna1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Michael Martinez4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
John Mayberry Jr.22 7 1 0 3 7 0 2 .318 .304 .773 1.077
Hunter Pence18 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 .111 .238 .111 .349
Placido Polanco29 11 5 0 0 7 2 2 .379 .419 .552 .971
Jimmy Rollins25 6 1 0 0 0 2 6 .240 .296 .280 .576
Carlos Ruiz14 5 0 0 0 2 2 4 .357 .438 .357 .795
Brian Schneider5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167
Chase Utley9 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .222 .417 .222 .639
Shane Victorino22 6 0 0 1 2 3 3 .273 .360 .409 .769
Ty Wigginton6 2 1 0 0 2 3 3 .333 .556 .500 1.056

Matchup Report:
The Phillies coming into Citi Field has not been nice to them this season. Jon Niese has had some success against them, the Phillies combined have have batted only .250 (44 for 176) but some right handed hitters have given him fits. John Mayberry Jr. has batted .318 (7 for 22) with 3 HR's 7 RBI's, Polanco is batting .379, Ruiz is batting .357, and  Ex Met Ty Wigginton is batting .333 with one knocked out catcher (Thole).


Matchup Report: Mets Hitters vs Vance Worley - Mets could have (Citi) Field Day against Worley

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Vance Worley
Mike Baxter1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ike Davis5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
Lucas Duda7 3 1 0 1 2 1 2 .429 .500 1.000 1.500
Scott Hairston1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Daniel Murphy9 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 .444 .545 .444 .990
Kirk Nieuwenhuis3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Ruben Tejada11 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .273 .273 .273 .545
Josh Thole9 3 1 0 0 3 3 2 .333 .500 .444 .944
Andres Torres8 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .125 .125 .250 .375
Justin Turner10 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000
David Wright10 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900

Matchup Report:
The Mets come into Citi Field facing the Phillies and Vance Worley. Worley is 3-2 against the Mets , but it has not been easy for him . The current group of Mets that have seen in in the past are collectively batting .311 (23 for 74) with 5 2B's,  2 HR's,  and 11 RBI's. Everyone pretty much on the Mets roster has had some success off Worley except Andres Torres who is batting .125 and Ike Davis who is batting .200.  It will be interesting to see Davis can keep his hot hitting around on this homestand, who has finally reached to .200 mark (50 for 246) .. Davis is batting .333 (7 for 21) in his last 7 games with 5 2B's , 2 HR's, and 8 RBI's..

The Hottest Mets going into this series would have to be Daniel Murphy. Murphy is batting .409 (9 for 22) in his last 7 games with 3 2B's, 3 HR's, and 10 RBI's.. He has only been struckout 1 Time in 22 AB's.

Quick Note: Mets hit .246 at Home this season, while the Opposition has only hit .229 at Citi Field this year!

Let's Go Mets, Stick it to the Phillies!

Preview: Game 81- Phillies at Mets - Niese opens up the homestand

Philadelphia Phillies (36-45) at New York Mets (43-37) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
V. Worley (R) 12 4-4 2.925.22-21.896/26PITW6.0631-220.02.70
J. Niese (L) 15 6-3 3.555.23-13.746/27@CHCW7.0812-120.13.10

The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to stay positive despite being on the verge of tying their longest losing streak of the season. A matchup with the New York Mets' Jonathon Niese may not help them start feeling better.

After an outstanding June, Niese will try to begin this month with a season-high third straight win Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Philadelphia (36-45) managed two runs in each of its three games in Miami this weekend, with a 5-2 defeat Sunday putting the team within one loss of matching a six-game skid from June 2-7.

The Phillies are hoping to get a boost after the All-Star break from first baseman Ryan Howard's expected return from Achilles surgery as they look to play up to expectations.

""There's a lot of baseball (left). You've got to keep swinging, stay up, you've got to stay positive," manager Charlie Manuel told the team's official website. "Bottom line is it gets back to how much you love to play and how much you want to play and enjoy playing."

Philadelphia might not enjoy facing Niese (6-3, 3.55 ERA), who went 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five June starts. He has allowed three runs in 13 1-3 innings while winning his last two outings, giving up one over seven in a 17-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

"In May, I wasn't able to execute my fastball a lot," the left-hander said. "My last few starts, I have been able to (control the fastball). That helps the secondary pitches."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Recap : Game 81 - Mets at Tigers - Verlander Stops the Tigers Bleeding

Final Score: Detroit 5, NY Mets 2

Justin Verlander and the Tigers stymied the red-hot Mets, beating them 5-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Andy Dirks went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored and Austin Jackson added an RBI for the Tigers, who have won five of their last eight.

Verlander (11-3) pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run on seven hits while fanning six.

Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran hit solo homers, and Jose Reyes went 2-for-3 for the Mets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Mike Pelfrey (4-7) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Box Score: Click Here

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 81 - Mets at Tigers

New York Mets (41-39) at Detroit Tigers (43-38), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 4.78) Detroit - Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38)

In the first sellout since the home opener at Comerica Park last Saturday versus Arizona, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander struck out a career-high 14 batters en route to his 10th win of the season.

Verlander will try to become the majors' first 11-game winner today in the finale of a three-game series versus the New York Mets in Motown. New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia is also going for his 11th win several miles east this afternoon versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

The right-hander hopes to make quick work of the Mets and is a sizzling 8-0 with a 1.56 earned run average in his last 10 starts. The Tigers are 9-1 in that time and watched their ace tear through the Diamondbacks in last weekend's 6-0 home victory. He allowed one walk and scattered four hits, improving to 10-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 17 starts. He has won his last six starts and hasn't suffered defeat since April 27 in a 10-1 loss versus Seattle.

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball really well," Verlander said on the club's site after his last win. "I feel like my fastball control has been outstanding, for the most part, during this stretch. Most of the good games I have are built off of that, being able to locate that, and mixing the offspeed off of that."

Verlander is 6-2 in 10 home starts and lost his only appearance to the Mets last June 22, when he gave up five runs in two innings of a 14-6 disaster.

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