Showing posts with label Game 98. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Game 98. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 98 - Braves (4) at Mets (7) - Buck drives in three runs, Wheeler wins his 4th game

Atlanta (57-45)100201000452
N.Y. Mets (45-53)«00400300x7141

W: Z. Wheeler (4-1) L: K. Loe (1-2) S: B. Parnell (20)
HR: ATL - D. Uggla (21),F. Freeman (11)   NYM - None


John Buck drove in three runs to back Zack Wheeler, as the New York Mets salvaged a split of their four-game set against the Atlanta Braves with Thursday's 7-4 win.

Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd each went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Mets, while David Wright had two hits and one RBI.

Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman both homered off Wheeler (4-1), who gave up two more hits, walked two and struck out five over six innings.

"I thought Wheeler threw well. He made one mistake to me and one mistake to Freddie and that was really it," Uggla said.

Fellow rookie Alex Wood, making his second career start, failed to last five frames for Atlanta. The 22-year-old allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Wood, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, started in place of fellow left-hander Paul Maholm, who suffered a wrist contusion last Saturday against the White Sox. It was initially believed the injury landed Maholm on the disabled list, but he is still on the active roster.

Instead, Wood took the roster spot of hurler Tim Hudson, who was placed on the DL a day after sustaining a fractured right ankle that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season. Covering first base in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game, Hudson was inadvertently stepped on by outfielder Eric Young Jr.

The Mets scored three runs off Kameron Loe (0-1) in the sixth after the Braves had tied the game at 4-4 on Freeman's leadoff blast in the top half of the inning.

Andrew Brown opened the frame with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on a base hit by Murphy.

Wright then sent a Loe offering to the gap in left-center that bounced off the warning track and over the wall for an apparent ground-rule double. However, the umpires saw the play differently and Wright wound up with an RBI triple. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue and was subsequently ejected by third-base umpire Chad Fairchild.

The New York third baseman wound up coming home on a two-out double by Buck.

David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each tossed an inning in relief of Wheeler, with Parnell pitching the ninth for his 20th save.

"Our guys realize (the game) isn't over until the last out is made," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Atlanta took advantage of a throwing error after a wild pitch to get on the board in the first inning. With two outs, Evan Gattis swung and missed at a curveball in the dirt that got away from Buck. The Mets catcher retrieved the ball and made an ill-advised throw to first that hit Gattis, allowing Reed Johnson, who doubled, to score.

Buck atoned for the error by capping a four-run third inning with a two-run single, but Uggla closed the gap to 4-3 in the fourth with a two-run blast to left.

Game Notes

Brown replaced Young, who left after three innings with right knee pain ... The Mets were 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 men on base.

Box Score:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 98

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 98:

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

Preview: Game 98 - Braves at Mets - Wood vs Wheeler (12:10 PM Start)

Atlanta Braves (57-44) at New York Mets (44-53) 12:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
A. Wood (L) 1 0-2 2.453.00-12.086/18NYML3.0210-05.10.00
Z. Wheeler (R) 6 3-1 3.585.10-16.757/20PHIND4.2722-016.22.16


Alex Wood is trying to show the Atlanta Braves he's capable of earning a spot in their banged-up rotation.

Zack Wheeler is just trying to show the New York Mets some consistency.

A day after the Braves lost Tim Hudson to a broken ankle, Wood gets the ball in place of another injured starter as the Braves attempt to solve Wheeler in the finale of this four-game series at Citi Field on Thursday.

Atlanta (57-44) has been without sinkerballer Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) all season, and they've lost two more starters in Hudson and Paul Maholm (wrist contusion) this week.

Hudson became the latest injured Brave during Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Mets (44-53). The veteran right-hander was covering first on a close play in the eighth inning when New York's Eric Young stepped on his ankle, resulting in a gruesome injury in which Hudson collapsed to the ground before being carted off.

"It's terrible," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "That's a big blow."

Hudson's injury, which could rule him out for the season, may put more of an onus on Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) to claim a spot in the rotation. The 22-year-old rookie left-hander was already scheduled to replace Maholm, who was placed on the disabled Monday.

Wood, however, will need to show improvement since he was charged with a 4-3 loss to the Mets in his only career start June 18. He gave up one run with five strikeouts and three walks in three innings while throwing 73 pitches in the first game of a doubleheader.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Recap: Game 98 - Nationals at Mets - My Entire Team Sucks

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Washington (58-39) «020100200570
N.Y. Mets (47-51)010000010242

W: S. Strasburg (11-4) L: J. Hefner (1-4)
S: T. Clippard (18)
HR: WAS - M. Morse (7),D. Espinosa (9),A. LaRoche (18)   NYM - I. Davis (16)

Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 over seven solid innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the New York Mets, 5-2, and complete a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Strasburg (11-4) allowed a run on four hits and did not issue a walk in Washington's fifth straight win.

"When the lights are on and your facing another team, you want to go out there and make your stuff really dirty," said Strasburg. "I think when I take a step back, relax and just let it happen instead of force the issue it helps out a lot."

Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche each homered in the victory. Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless ninth to record his 18th save of the year.

Jeremy Hefner (1-4) made his fourth start of the season and surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out seven through six innings to take the loss.

Ike Davis hit a home run for the Mets, who dropped their sixth consecutive game and fell to 1-11 after the All-Star break.

"Once in a while when things go bad you start making excuses, but I don't deal with excuses. I deal with accountability," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I deal with standing up and being a man, being a professional baseball player and playing the game right. This is never about effort and we're going to get back on track."

The Nationals squandered a one-out double by Bryce Harper in the first inning but were able to break through in the second on back-to-back home runs to right field by Morse and Espinosa.

New York answered with a run in the bottom of the second on Davis' leadoff blast just inside the right-field foul pole to make it a 2-1 game.

But Washington regained some cushion in the fourth inning when Espinosa hit a ground-rule double to left field, advanced to second on a Roger Bernadina base hit and crossed the plate on Sandy Leon's dribbler to first base.

The Mets had a chance to get Espinosa out at the plate on the play, but Josh Thole could not hang on to Davis' throw to the plate, allowing Espinosa to slide home safely for a 3-1 edge.

Strasburg, meanwhile, retired 10 straight batters, including a string of five consecutive strikeouts, until Thole slapped a ground-rule double over the head of Morse in left field with two outs in the fifth. Andres Torres would follow with a fly ball to right field to end the inning.

The Nationals then added to their lead in the seventh inning on LaRoche's two- run shot into the right-field bleachers off Tim Byrdak. Harper worked a walk prior to LaRoche's 18th homer of the season.

New York threatened in the eighth when Henry Rodriguez and Craig Stammen combined to walk the bases loaded with no outs, but Washington would limit the damage to just one run on a run-scoring groundout by Jordany Valdespin around a Ruben Tejada liner to center field and David Wright grounder to third to stay on top, 5-2.

Clippard retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the game for the Nationals.

Game Notes

Espinosa extended his hit streak to 11 games...Strasburg improved to 2-0 in three career starts against the Mets...Hefner made his 13th appearance of the season and his first start since June 6. He fell to 0-2 in two career starts against Washington...The Nationals lead the season series between the teams, 9-3...Washington is now 19 games above .500 (58-39) for the first time since 2005.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Preview: Game 98 - Nationals at Mets - Mets Still Looking for a Win

Washington Nationals (57-39) at New York Mets (47-50) 12:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
S. Strasburg (R) 19 10-4 2.855.16-22.647/20ATLND5.1841-012.12.92
J. Hefner (R) 3 1-3 5.855.01-18.006/6@WSHL6.0730-04.110.38

Washington righty Stephen Strasburg tries to bounce back from a rare poor showing when the Nationals go for a sweep in the finale of their three- game set with the New York Mets on Wednedsay at Citi Field.

Strasburg was spotted a nine-run lead on Friday against Atlanta, but struggled with his command and left after allowing four runs and eight hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He didn't get the win, though, as the Braves rallied to win a wild affair in extra innings, 11-10.

"I wasn't striking everybody out and wasn't going 1-2-3, but that usually never happens, anyways," said Strasburg, who was celebrating his 24th birthday Friday. "They're a good team. They were taking a lot of close pitches that they could have swung at but they didn't, so it's really out of my control. I was just trying to pound the strike zone and just missed a little bit tonight."

Amid talk of about shutting him down come September, he's lost three of his last four decisions and is 10-4 on the year with a 2.85 ERA.

Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings to beat the Mets earlier in the year and is 1-0 in two starts against them with a 1.64 ERA.

New York, meanwhile, will rely on righty Jeremy Hefner, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday to replace the injured Johan Santana. Hefner has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the Mets, but made three starts early on and was 1-2 with a 5.32 in those outings.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recap : Game 98 - Cardinals at Mets - Pujols and Westbrook take care of Mets

Final Score: St. Louis 6, New York 2

Albert Pujols clubbed a two-run homer and Jake Westbrook tossed eight solid innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Westbrook (8-4) allowed two runs on four hits with one walk for the Cardinals, who snapped their losing streak at three games.

"Jake worked fast and obviously he made some good pitches today," Pujols said.

New York starter Jon Niese (9-8) gave up five runs -- three earned -- on five hits in six innings to absorb the loss, the sixth in the last nine games for the Mets.

St. Louis grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Pujols followed a one- out double by Jon Jay with his 21st home run of the season, a blast to left field.

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