Showing posts with label Game 88. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 88. Show all posts

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 88 - Rangers (4) at Mets (8) - Five Run First Inning Leads Mets to Victory



New York

W: Z. Wheeler (4-8) L: N. Tepesch (3-4)
HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (9),A. Rios (4),L. Martin (4)   NYM - A. Recker (3),K. Nieuwenhuis (2)


Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer during a five-run first inning and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers, 8-4, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a solo homer and scored three runs for the Mets, who saw starter Zack Wheeler (4-8) give up one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Robinson Chirinos, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin homered for the Rangers, who went 1-6 on a seven-game road trip. Nick Tepesch (3-4) allowed six runs on five hits with four walks over six innings.

The Mets exploded for five runs in the first. Curtis Granderson walked and raced home on Lucas Duda's two-out double to left-center field. Nieuwenhuis walked before Juan Lagares hit an RBI single to center. Recker followed with a three-run homer to left.

Chirinos' solo homer in the fourth cut the gap to 5-1.

New York went back up by five on Nieuwenhuis' solo homer in the sixth.

The Rangers left men on the corners in the seventh. Carlos Pena doubled and pinch-hitter Michael Choice singled to put men on first and third with one out. Dana Eveland got Shin-Soo Choo to go down swinging and Vic Black retired Elvis Andrus.

Daniel Murphy's RBI double in the bottom half made it a 7-1 contest.

Texas hit a pair of homers in the eighth off Gonzalez Germen. Rios led off with a homer to left. Adrian Beltre followed with a single and crossed the plate on Martin's blast to right. Jeurys Familia recorded the final two outs of the inning to keep it 7-4.

Ruben Tejada's RBI single in the bottom half accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Mets placed pitcher Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game and recalled pitcher Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas ... Texas went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Box Score:

Sunday's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 88

Sunday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 88

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Anthony Recker (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Zack Wheeler (L) P

Preview: Game 88 - Rangers at Mets - Tepesch vs Wheeler

Preview Game 88
Texas Rangers (38-49) at New York Mets (38-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10PM


Nick Tepesch takes the mound after an eight-day layoff as Texas looks to win two of three from the host New York Mets on Sunday.

The Rangers (38-49) won at least 90 games for the fourth straight year in 2013, but they've been languishing with one of the worst records in the AL as this season continues to slip away.

Washington used a different lineup for the 20th consecutive game as Texas ended a 10-game road skid with Saturday's 5-3 victory, and injuries have forced him to use 45 players -- the most in the majors and one short of how many participated all of last season.

The Rangers had lost six straight overall, but Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and Adrian Beltre hit a solo shot in the third to help end the slide.

Washington has juggled his rotation as well recently as the starters posted a 7.26 ERA during the losing streak. Tepesch (3-3, 3.65 ERA) has been pushed back twice in the last week and originally was scheduled to pitch Friday's series opener.

The right-hander's last appearance came June 27, when he gave up three hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings of a 5-4 win over Minnesota in his best start since being called up in mid-May.

Tepesch will face a Mets team that has dropped eight of 10 after Saturday's loss that came despite the return of David Wright, who had missed the previous seven games with a sore left shoulder.

Wright went 1 for 4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11, while Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo homer in the fourth. The 25-year-old catcher has hit safely in nine of 10 games since being recalled from the minors.

The Mets (38-49) will look to take the series as they hand the ball to Zack Wheeler, who has been inconsistent over his last three starts.

After striking out eight in a three-hitter for his first career shutout in a 1-0 win at Miami on June 19, Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) gave up a career-worst six runs in just two innings of an 8-5 loss to Oakland on June 25.

The right-hander walked five but gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings of New York's 5-3 loss to Atlanta on Monday. He left with a 3-1 lead.

New York's starters have a 6.44 ERA over the last 10 games.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 88 - Mets (7) at Giants (2) - Mets Flash Bats, Wheeler Flashes his arm, Mets sweep series

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San Francisco (40-50)000000101262

W: Z. Wheeler (3-1) L: M. Cain (5-6)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (15)   SF - None


Zack Wheeler hasn't had much success since his first career start, but found a whole lot of it on Wednesday against the team that drafted him.

Wheeler turned in one of his best performances as a major leaguer and the New York Mets finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants with a 7-1 victory at AT&T Park.

John Buck, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy each knocked in a pair to highlight a second offensive surge for New York in as many days, and sent Giants ace Matt Cain (5-6) to the showers before the first inning was over.

Wheeler (3-1) was the Giants' sixth pick overall in the 2009 draft and blanked his former club for six frames. When it was all said and done, the young rookie scattered one run on three hits to complete a seven-inning stint.

"It felt good, I was really looking forward to it," said Wheeler about facing the Giants. "I told the guys earlier I really wanted to do well."

The Giants traded Wheeler to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran in 2011, who they would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals via free agency in the following offseason.

San Francisco has plummeted to 40-50 on the campaign, losers of four straight and a remarkable 14 of their last 16 games.

"That will to win, believe me -- its there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Sometimes this happens when you get in a rut like this, you kind of stand back and wait for somebody else to do something. We've got to take the bull by the horns and get this thing going."

Byrd hit a grand slam in Tuesday's 10-6 victory and provided a two-run homer on Wednesday. Buck and Murphy each added two hits apiece, while Wheeler contributed an RBI double in New York's fifth win in six games.

An erratic Cain walked three, gave up three runs and only got two outs before he was lifted in the first inning. It was the shortest outing of his career.

Eric Young Jr. drew the first walk, swiped second and went to third on a throwing error from Buster Posey before scoring easily on Murphy's single.

Cain's command was noticeably off and soon loaded the bases after walking Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Bochy then lifted him after Buck dumped a slider into shallow center for a two-run single and a 3-0 Mets' lead.

Byrd provided New York with a five-run cushion in the fifth by sending a shot just over the center field wall.

Wheeler had given up 10 earned runs over his last three outings, but was cruising through the first five innings on Wednesday, limiting the Giants' offense to just a Pablo Sandoval single and a pair of walks.

He also helped offensively, contributing one of three doubles in the sixth for New York. He sent a shot over the head of Gregor Blanco in center to plate a run and Murphy followed two batters later with a two-bagger for a 7-0 lead.

The Giants got a run off Wheeler in the seventh on a Brandon Crawford single and scored another on a Tony Abreu sac fly in the ninth, but were up against too great of a margin. San Francisco had just six hits on the afternoon.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games ... The Mets have won 15 of their last 23 contests ... It was New York's first three-game sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 1994 ... The Giants were just 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position for the series.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88:

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

Preview: Game 88 - Mets at Giants - Wheeler vs Cain

New York Mets (39-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-49) 3:45 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
Z. Wheeler (R) 4 2-1 4.295.02-02.767/5@MILW5.0711-115.06.00
M. Cain (R) 18 5-5 4.856.13-35.507/5LADL2.1680-216.16.61


Zack Wheeler will finally get a chance to flash his stuff in front of a crowd at AT&T Park. However, the highly-regarded prospect will be doing so in a New York Mets uniform looking to pitch his club to its first three-game road sweep of the San Francisco Giants in 19 years.

Wheeler takes the hill for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of this series against the franchise that made him a first-round draft pick in 2009. He impressed the Giants enough as a hard-throwing high school prospect out of Georgia that they took him sixth overall and built up enough of a reputation in the minors that he landed the Giants established star outfielder Carlos Beltran in a trade with the Mets on July 28, 2011.

The Giants knew they were hurting their future a bit by trading Wheeler and it stung even more when Beltran signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals following the season.

"It's going to be pretty cool to pitch against the organization I was drafted by. It'll be fun," Wheeler told

"I definitely want to go out there and do well for myself and maybe show them what they could have had, I guess," Wheeler said. "That would be fun."

After rising through the minors and getting named the sixth-best prospect in baseball by prior to this season, the 23-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.29 earned run average through his first four career starts, giving up four homers and walking 13 to 16 strikeouts in 21 innings. Wheeler is coming off a win over Milwaukee last Friday, when he allowed three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and three walks over five innings.

"I'm definitely happy about my outing," the right-hander said. "Even though there were some low points -- falling behind, throwing 20 pitches an inning and only going five -- I battled out there as best as I could, and got a good result."

Matt Cain did not have good results last time out for the Giants and will be looking to bounce back yet again on Thursday.

Cain is 5-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts this season, but seemed to be turning a corner with a five-start stretch from June 7-29 in which he went 1-1 but with a 1.82 ERA.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Recap: Game 88 - Mets at Braves - Parnell unable to close door for Mets, Lose 8-7

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)

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Atlanta (48-39) «03002003x8120

W: A. Varvaro (1-0) L: B. Parnell (2-2)
S: C. Kimbrel (27)

HR: NYM - I. Davis (13)   ATL - None

Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run eighth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle installment of a three-game series at Turner Field.

Michael Bourn and Martin Prado had consecutive RBI singles off Bobby Parnell (2-2) prior to Heyward's at-bat, a single to right. Freddie Freeman hit a two- run double among his three hits and Bourn added a pair of RBI for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to six games. Eric Hinske also knocked in a pair in the victory.

"What a game to win. You go ahead, they come back," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They've got a bunch of guys offensively that just don't give at-bats away. They just keep battling."

Anthony Varvaro (1-0) notched his first major league win with a scoreless inning in relief and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to record his 27th save of the season.

Ruben Tejada drove in a pair of runs and Andres Torres added three hits for the Mets, who have dropped three straight.

Trailing, 7-5, heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves battled back to take the lead for good with three runs in the frame. Brian McCann started the rally with a walk and Dan Uggla followed with a base hit. After pinch-hitters Tyler Pastornicky and Juan Francisco struck out, Bourn, Prado and Heyward each stroked clutch two-out RBI singles to put the Braves in front.

"I didn't feel my best coming off that break, but it's just little adjustments," Parnell said. "Unfortunately things didn't go the way we wanted them...But it's just little things, nothing big."

Kimbrel fanned Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda to secure the win.

Earlier, the Mets opened the scoring in the second inning with a run on an RBI double by Josh Thole, but the Braves struck for three in the home half of the frame to take the lead.

Freeman ripped a one-out single before McCann singled and Uggla drew a walk to load the bases. Hinske then capitalized on a drawn-in Mets' outfield and ripped it over the head of Torres in left-center to drive home McCann and Freeman. Bourn then singled in Uggla to make it a 3-1 game.

New York tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth. Davis led off the frame by roping a slider from Braves starter Tommy Hanson into the seats in straightaway right to pull the Mets within one. Murphy singled and Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked to put two runners on base. Torres singled home Murphy to tie the contest.

The Braves took the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Prado singled up the middle and Heyward blooped a single just in front of left fielder Jordany Valdespin. Freeman then got a knuckleball up from Mets starter R.A. Dickey and laced it into right to score both runners.

Nieuwenhuis grounded out to start the Mets sixth, but they then ripped off five straight singles to bring home three runs for a 6-5 advantage.

Thole and Torres started the hit parade with back-to-back knocks before pinch-hitter Justin Turner smoked a single into left to score Thole. Hanson was removed in favor of Chad Durbin, who immediately allowed an RBI base hit to Tejada. Valdespin followed and brought home Turner with a single to left, capping the big inning.

Tejada poked a base hit into right, scoring Torres in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 7-5.

Game Notes

New York fell to 20-22 on the road this year...Mets third baseman David Wright (0-for-5) struck out four times and had reached base safely in each of his last 27 games...McCann returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game due to paternity leave...Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected by third base umpire Dale Scott in the fifth inning...During the game, it was announced that the Braves acquired shortstop Paul Janish from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Todd Redmond...Prior to the game, the Braves recalled Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to the farm club...Atlanta improved to 3-33 when trailing after seven innings this season...Dickey allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings, while Hanson yielded six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Box Score:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 88

Valdespin in LF
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 88:
  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Jordany Valdespin, lf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, rf
  7. Josh Thole, c
  8. Andres Torres, cf
  9. R.A. Dickey, rhp 

Preview: Game 88 - Mets at Braves - Dickey tries to break Mets in win column

New York Mets (46-41) at Atlanta Braves (47-39) 4:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Dickey (R) 17 12-1 2.406.06-12.477/5PHIND7.01151-016.02.81
T. Hanson (R) 18 10-5 3.715.23-34.637/7@PHIW7.0632-120.14.43

Armed with a 10-game winning streak, one would think New York Mets All-Star R.A. Dickey is in prime position to stretch his career-high victory string this afternoon, but the Atlanta Braves have been tough on the knuckleball specialist.

Dickey has been superb since his lone loss of the season on April 18 at Turner Field. He's gone 14 straight starts without a defeat and is coming off a no- decision against the Phillies on July 5 when he allowed a career-high tying 11 hits along with five runs. The Mets won that game, 6-5, in walk-off fashion.

Dickey, who tossed a scoreless sixth inning on Tuesday in the National League's 8-0 win in the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City, has just a 2-5 mark with a 4.83 ERA in 12 career games (9 starts) against the Braves. That includes an 0-2 ledger with a 6.92 ERA (20 earned runs in 26 innings) at Turner Field.

In that June 18 start, Dickey was shelled for eight hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 14-6 loss.

Atlanta righty Tommy Hanson has also been on a roll, compiling a 5-1 record over his last seven starts. His last outing was a victory at Philadelphia on July 7 when he tossed seven strong innings. A win today would equal a career- best for a single season. He also won 11 in 2009 and last year.

Hanson has hit some rough patches when facing the Mets, as evidenced by a 3-5 record to go with a 3.71 ERA in nine starts.

The Braves, who enter today four games behind Washington in the NL East, took the opener of this series last night, 7-5.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sad Recap: Game 88 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets Bats took a Nap

Final Score: Los Angeles 6, New York 0

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight dominant frames, as the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep by blanking the New York Mets, 6-0.

Kershaw (9-4) scattered five hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks, missing a fourth straight double-digit strikeout performance by just one. He has given up one run in 14 1/3 frames against the Mets this season.

Matt Kemp and Aaron Miles each had two runs batted in for the Dodgers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

"It felt really good with the stadium packed," Kemp said. "We've seen a lot of yellow seats this season. It was a great atmosphere. Kershaw pitched a great game."

Dillon Gee (8-3) was firmly locked in a pitchers' duel until it all unraveled in the Dodgers' five-run sixth frame. The young right-hander gave up six runs -- five earned -- on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 frames. The Mets also received bad news before the game as star shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the second, as Juan Uribe was hit by a pitch and raced to third when Gee's wild throw to first allowed James Loney to reach base on his slow roller. Miles' sacrifice fly plated Uribe for the early edge.

Tony Gwynn started the watershed frame with a single to right, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher Ronny Paulino and scored, along with Andre Ethier, when Kemp smoked a double into the left-field corner. Uribe followed suit with a two-bagger that one-hopped over the short porch in right field, scoring Kemp for the frame's third run. After Loney struck out, Miles doubled to score Uribe, and Dioner Navarro legged out a triple when his grounder tight to the line hugged the first-base bag and skipped into the corner as Carlos Beltran lost his footing while chasing after the ball.

"The key point in that inning was leaving the changeup up to Kemp," Gee said. "It was a bad pitch and he made me pay for it."

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Lucas Duda struck out and Angel Pagan grounded out to end the game.

Game Notes

Kershaw improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Mets...It is possible the Mets could face seven straight All-Star pitchers. After Kershaw, the Mets are slated to face Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco before the All-Star break. If all holds true to form, the Mets will come out of the break against Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. No team has ever faced seven straight All-Star pitchers...Kershaw became the first Dodger pitcher with nine or more strikeouts in four straight starts since Hideo Nomo June 25 - July 13, 1996.

Box Score:

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 88 - Mets at Dodgers - Mets go for Sweep!

New York Mets (45-42) at Los Angeles Dodgers (37-51), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47) Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping Clayton Kershaw's last start was just an aberration and will send the young lefty to the mound tonight versus the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game series.

Kershaw was 6-0 with a 2.64 earned run average in 11 starts before the LA Angels of Anaheim battered him for seven runs, six of which were earned, over six innings of a 7-1 loss on Saturday. Kershaw struck out 10 batters and has recorded double digits in K's the last three outings. He is 8-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 18 starts and a sizzling 6-1 in 10 appearances at Dodger Stadium.

The southpaw faced the Mets in a 4-2 win at Citi Field on May 8, when he fired 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. Kershaw kept his unbeaten record against the Mets intact, as he is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in four career starts.

Los Angeles hopes Kershaw can prevent a four-game sweep after it dropped a 5-3 decision on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda was saddled with the loss for giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings of work. Juan Uribe had two RBI and Jamey Carroll posted three hits and a run scored for the Dodgers, who have lost five straight and are 0-3 so far on a seven-game homestand.

"We got beat tonight, we didn't beat ourselves," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "Hiroki wasn't as sharp as he's been. He kept us in the game. We just didn't do enough to win the game."

The Dodgers are last in the NL West standings and will host San Diego for three games this weekend. They have lost 10 of the past 13 games.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Dodgers - Game 88

Nick Evans In Lineup
Mets Starting Lineup vs Dodgers- Game 88:
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Paulino-C
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Murphy-3B
  7. Evans-1B
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Gee-RHP
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