Showing posts with label Rangers at Mets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rangers at Mets. Show all posts

Sunday, July 06, 2014

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


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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)

Recap:

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


Preview:

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:

Recap: Game 87 - Rangers (5) at Mets (3) - Texas Lights Up Colon



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W: C. Lewis (6-5) L: B. Colon (8-7) S: J. Soria (16)
HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (8),A. Beltre (11)   NYM - T. d'Arnaud (5)

Recap:

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run home run and the Texas Rangers grabbed a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the second of a three-game set.

Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run and Alex Rios went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Rangers, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Colby Lewis (6-5) pitched six innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

Travis d'Arnuad hit a solo home run for the Mets, who have lost five of their last six. Bartolo Colon (8-7) dropped his second straight start for allowing five runs on eight hits in seven innings.

Texas opened the scoring in the first inning as Elvis Andrus doubled and came home when Rios followed with a double. Two batters later, Leonys Martin walked and Chirinos followed with his eighth home run of the season for a 4-0 lead.

The Rangers made it a 5-0 game in the third on Beltre's two-out solo shot to left, his 11th of the season.

New York answered in the bottom of the third and were helped by a fielding error. After Ruben Tejada singled to start the inning, Colon reached base when Beltre threw away his grounder to third. Curtis Granderson doubled in Tejada, and Colon scored on a Bobby Abreu single for a 5-2 game.

D'Arnaud led off the fourth with his fifth home run of the season to make it a 5-3 contest.

Lewis tossed a flawless sixth while Neal Cotts did the same in the seventh before walking Chris Young to start the eighth.

Shawn Tolleson then walked pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, but got Juan Lagares to hit into a double play and induced a fly out from d'Arnaud to end the inning.

Joakim Soria got Tejada to ground out to start the ninth before Kirk Nieuwenhuis slugged a pinch-hit double to left. Granderson, though, popped out and Soria struck out Daniel Murphy for his 16th save of the season.

Game Notes

This is the first series between these clubs since the Mets took two of three in Texas in 2011 ... The Mets were just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base, while the Rangers were 3-for-8 and stranded six ... Zack Wheeler pitches for the Mets on Sunday, while Nick Tepesch takes the mound for the Rangers.

Box Score:

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 87


Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 87

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Bobby Abreu (L) LF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

Preview: Game 87 - Rangers at Mets - Lewis vs Colon


Preview: Game 87
Texas Rangers (37 49) at New York Mets (38-48)

Pitching Probables:
Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA)
TV - FOX (5) - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:15 PM


Preview:

The Rangers attempt to snap their 10-game away slide Saturday night when they face Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets in the middle game of this series.

Texas (37-49) reached the postseason for three straight years before falling short despite 91 wins in 2013. The Rangers don't look anything like a playoff team this year, as their record is only better than Houston in the AL.

They've lost 12 of 14 overall and 10 straight on the road for the first time since a 12-game skid in 2003.

Texas is struggling in every facet during its road slide, hitting .227 and averaging 3.0 runs per game while its starting pitchers have compiled a 7.01 ERA.

The issues on the mound were evident Friday. Ace Yu Darvish gave up three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-5 loss to the Mets (38-48), who lost starter Jonathon Niese after 12 pitches to a bruised lower back sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios.

Now, the Rangers will have to contend with Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA), who has won four straight starts at home behind a 1.21 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.

The 41-year-old right-hander had won six straight decisions with a 1.58 ERA over seven starts before struggling in a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Colon is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six starts against Texas, winning the most recent 1-0 with Oakland on Sept. 14 by scattering seven hits in eight innings.

It's unclear if New York will have David Wright back after he missed a seventh straight game with a sore left shoulder. However, rookie

Eric Campbell is 13 for 28 (.464) in place of the All-Star third baseman after going 3 for 3 with one RBI on Friday.

He's 7 for 13 with three doubles in four interleague games.

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .303 in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Considered one of the most promising catchers in baseball, d'Arnaud was batting .180 before his demotion, but gained some confidence with the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth Friday.

The Rangers are turning to Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71), who is trying to build on his first quality start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in six innings before leaving without a decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota.

Lewis is 4-1 in six road starts despite a 4.64 ERA. He's been tagged for 11 runs and 19 hits over 11 innings in his last two away from Texas after compiling a 2.86 ERA in his first four road outings.

Interleague play hasn't been kind this season to Lewis, who is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against the NL. He'll be facing the Mets for the first time since a relief appearance with Oakland at Shea Stadium on June 24, 2007.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Happy Recap: Game 86 - Rangers (5) at Mets (6) - Mets Open Homestand with a Bang


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W: J. Mejia (5-3) L: A. Poreda (2-1)
HR: TEX - S. Choo (9),A. Beltre (10)   NYM - L. Duda (13)

Recap:

Travis d'Arnaud's two-run double in the bottom of the eighth was the difference, as the Mets took down Texas, 6-5, in the marathon opener of a three-game interleague series.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, while Eric Campbell went 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored for the Mets, who snapped a four-game slide.

Jon Niese left after retiring only one batter with a lower-back contusion. Four relievers combined to keep the hosts in the contest, with Jenrry Mejia (5-3) recording the final four outs for the win.

Elvis Andrus collected three hits and scored once, while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre homered for the Rangers, losers in six straight. Alex Rios and Adam Rosales each drove in a run in defeat.

Aaron Poreda (2-1) was charged with the deciding run.

In a 4-4 game, Poreda walked Bobby Abreu to start the frame, then after fanning Duda, gave way to Jason Frasor, who allowed Campbell's single to center ahead of d'Arnaud's drive to center which plated both and gave the hosts a two-run edge.

Mejia retired Rios on a grounder to end the top of the eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth by walking pinch-hitter Leonys Martin with one down. Martin moved up on a passed ball then came in on Rosales' base hit to left.

Robinson Chirinos was the final out of the contest, but even that was an adventure, as his pop to short was blown by the wind until Daniel Murphy was able to close his glove on it.

Game time was 4 hours, 8 minutes, one of the longest 9-inning contests in Mets history.

Niese gave up a game-commencing home run to Choo and a single to Andrus, then appeared to be in discomfort after being hit with a Rios grounder in the back. He was removed, to his visible frustration, after 12 pitches. Carlos Torres took over, and kept Andrus from scoring by grounding out Beltre and Chris Gimenez.

The Mets dented Texas starter Yu Darvish thrice in the opening frame. Curtis Granderson doubled with one down and scored on Abreu's two-out single, then Duda's high arcing drive to left was carried by the wind and hit the railing just above the top of the wall for a two-run homer.

Rios singled home Choo in the third, but the Mets again led by two in the fourth after Duda worked a leadoff walk and scored when Campbell followed with a double.

The Rangers tied the game with single runs in the fifth and seventh, as Beltre's blast in the former closed the gap to one and a Gimenez groundout scored Andrus in the latter.

Game Notes

The Mets improved to 29-34 all-time on Independence Day ... Despite his early exit, Niese extended his streak to 21 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, the longest current streak in the majors ... It is also the third-longest streak in team history and longest since Johan Santana went 21 straight starts from July 22, 2009-May 11, 2010 ... Darvish's fourth-inning double was the first extra base hit by a Rangers pitcher since Colby Lewis doubled on June 29, 2011 ... Prior to the contest, the Rangers promoted Neftali Feliz from Triple-A Round Rock while optioning reliever Ben Rowen to the Express.

Box Score:

Friday, July 04, 2014

Friday's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 86


Friday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rangers - Game 86

1. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Bobby Abreu (L) RF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Jon Niese (L) P

Preview: Game 86 - Rangers vs Mets - Darvish vs Niese


Preview: Game 86
Texas Rangers (37-48) at New York Mets (37-48)

Probable Pitchers:
Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-4, 2.88 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7: 10 PM

Preview:

Yu Darvish will look to help the spiraling Texas Rangers avoid their longest road skid in 11 years Friday night against the New York Mets, who may have David Wright back in the lineup.

Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) was slated to take the mound Friday, but a rain delay of nearly an hour combined with a forecast calling for more rain led manager Ron Washington to keep his ace in the dugout.

While Darvish rested, Texas (37-48) was beaten by the Orioles 5-2 for its first nine-game road losing streak since 2005. The Rangers haven't endured a longer slide as the visitor since dropping 12 in a row from May 30-June 19, 2003.

Darvish is looking to bounce back on the road, where he's surrendered 12 runs -- eight earned -- with 17 strikeouts and nine walks in his last two outings. He hasn't lost three straight away from home since a four-game slide as a rookie from May 6-June 7, 2012.

The right-hander, though, was outstanding at home Saturday, collecting 10 strikeouts and allowing four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 win over Minnesota. He's tossed 20 straight scoreless innings in his last three at home, winning them all behind a 1.50 ERA.

A two-time All-Star and last year's runner-up for the AL Cy Young, Darvish is 6-1 with a 1.32 ERA in eight career interleague starts. He's allowed one run with 50 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings while winning four of his last five.

He's facing the Mets (37-48) for the first time and may have to contend with Wright, who has missed six games with a sore left shoulder.

New York could certainly use its All-Star third baseman. Wright was hitting .385 with six doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in 10 games before being sidelined.

The Mets have dropped seven of eight to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500, including four in a row after managing five singles in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Atlanta.

Wright owns a .364 average while driving in 20 runs in 23 home interleague games.

While Wright's potential return could be a boost for the Mets, giving the ball to Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88) could also help since their only victory in the past eight games came with him on the mound.

Niese has gotten plenty of run support while winning his last two starts. He's been backed by 16 runs while allowing just three, working six innings in each outing.

That's a welcome change after he compiled a 2.62 ERA in his previous five starts but went 0-1 because he was backed by two runs or fewer in all of them.

Niese's only meeting with Texas was a 14-5 road win on June 25, 2011, in which he allowed two solo homers in 5 2/3 innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:
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