Showing posts with label Royals at Mets. Show all posts
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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Recap: Game 109 - Royals (6) at Mets (2) - Blame the sun in right for Wheeler's Woes

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N.Y. Mets (49-60)000010010282

W: E. Santana (8-6) L: Z. Wheeler (4-2)
HR: KC - M. Moustakas (10)   NYM - None


Lorenzo Cain knocked in two runs and Ervin Santana tossed six solid innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets, 6-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer for the Royals, who went 8-1 on a nine-game road trip. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer added an RBI apiece.

Santana (8-6) allowed one run on five hits while striking out five and walking three.

John Buck and Eric Young each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have lost four of five.

New York starter Zach Wheeler (4-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits while walking five over five full frames.

New York's best chance to score early came in the first inning. Young led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Daniel Murphy's groundout. Santana then retired Josh Satin and Marlon Byrd to keep the Mets off the board.

The Royals broke a scoreless tie in the fourth. With two outs, Moustakas homered to right.

Kansas City tacked on three more runs in the fifth, thanks to Byrd's fielding problems. David Lough started the frame with a routine fly ball to right field that Byrd lost in the sun. The ball dropped next to Byrd and Lough made it to second on the play for a double. Lough moved to third on Miguel Tejada's sacrifice bunt. Jarrod Dyson then came on as a pinch-runner and scored on a wild pitch.

Byrd had more issues with the sun after Hosmer walked. Alex Gordon hit a deep fly ball to the warning track. This time around, Byrd dropped the ball for an error. Cain followed with a two-run single to right.

The Mets got one run back in the bottom half. Omar Quintanilla singled, advanced to second on pinch-hitter Andrew Brown's groundout and raced home on Young's single up the middle. The next two batters reached base to fill the bags for Byrd, who struck out swinging to end the inning.

Kansas City used a two-run sixth to make it a 6-1 contest. With Gonzalez Germen on the mound, Dyson doubled and Tejada walked. Hosmer and Gordon followed with consecutive RBI singles.

The Mets scored once in the eighth to account for the final margin. Byrd doubled to left-center field and scored on Buck's single past a diving Gordon in left-center field.

Game Notes

Kansas City placed catcher Salvador Perez on the 7-day concussion disabled list prior to the game. The Royals also placed pitcher Wade Davis on the family emergency list, recalled pitcher Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha and selected the contract of catcher Brett Hayes from Omaha ... Lough left the game due to right quadriceps tightness.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Royals - Game 109

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Royals - Game 109

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

Preview: Game 109 - Royals at Mets - Santana vs Wheeler

Kansas City Royals (55-52) at New York Mets (49-59) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
E. Santana (R) 21 7-6 3.036.13-33.437/30@MINW7.0422-022.11.21
Z. Wheeler (R) 8 4-1 3.555.21-15.877/30@MIAND7.0321-017.23.57

Wheeler Time!


The New York Mets nearly staged a come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals in their first game without David Wright.

The second contest without their superstar could prove much more challenging as they try to produce runs against Ervin Santana, who has been dominant since the All-Star break.

New York will try to bounce back against Santana and Kansas City on Sunday as the club seeks just its second series victory at Citi Field since June.

The Mets (49-59) placed Wright on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game after the All-Star suffered a strained right hamstring running out an infield hit in a 4-2 win on Friday. New York gave no timetable for the return of Wright, who was hitting .309 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs while playing all but two of the team's first 107 games.

"It's disappointing," he said. "I kind of came to the realization that I wasn't going to be able to play today and probably not the next day. I will hopefully get this thing healthy as quickly as I can and get back on the field."

New York lost 4-3 in 12 innings Saturday, rallying from a 3-1 deficit on Josh Satin's two-run single in the eighth before Justin Maxwell led off the 12th with his fifth career pinch-hit home run to lift Kansas City (55-52) to its 10th victory in 11 games.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Recap: Game 108 - Royals (4) at Mets (3) - Royals Edge Mets in 12 innings

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N.Y. Mets (48-59)0000020000380

W: K. Herrera (4-5) L: D. Aardsma (2-1) S: G. Holland (29)
HR: KC - G. Kottaras (5),J. Maxwell (3)   NYM - D. Murphy (9)


Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell hit a solo homer in the top of the 12th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals over the New York Mets, 4-3, in the second contest of a three-game series.

George Kottaras also hit a solo homer for the Royals, who bounced back from a 4-2, 11-inning loss in Friday's series opener. Alex Gordon and Miguel Tejada each knocked in a run.

Kansas City starter Bruce Chen allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight over six innings. Kelvin Herrera (4-5) tossed three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

Josh Satin drove in two runs for the Mets, who have lost three of four. Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer.

Jeremy Hefner got the start for New York and allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. David Aardsma (2-1) gave up the homer to Maxwell to take the loss.

Box Score:

Preview: Game 108 - Royals at Mets - Chen vs Hefner

Kansas City Royals (54-52) at New York Mets (49-58) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
B. Chen (L) 3 4-0 2.095.22-00.897/28@CHWND6.0321-018.01.50
J. Hefner (R) 21 4-8 4.215.11-54.567/29@MIAND5.1430-211.212.34


Following the end of the Kansas City Royals' longest winning streak in more than 10 years, the pitcher who started the run has a chance to begin a new one.

Bruce Chen takes the mound at Citi Field as the Royals try for their 10th win in 11 games Saturday against a New York Mets team that could be without its All-Star third baseman.

The Mets (49-58) snapped Kansas City's nine-game winning streak -- its first since starting the 2003 campaign 9-0 -- Friday when Eric Young Jr. homered with two outs in the 11th inning for a 4-2 victory.

"It never feels good after you lose a game, but yeah, it was a nice streak," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Now let's see if we can start another one."

New York's David Wright went 2 for 5 with a two-run homer, but was forced out of the game in the 10th inning when he strained his right hamstring while beating out an infield hit. Wright, who leads the team with a .309 average, is expected to have an MRI on Saturday.

An extended absence might spell trouble for a New York lineup that has averaged 2.4 runs while hitting .147 (10 for 68) with runners in scoring position during a 3-5 stretch.

Happy Recap: Game 107 - Royals (2) at Mets (4) - Bittersweet Victory - Mets Lose Wright, But Win Game on Eric Young's walk-off HR in 11th

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W: C. Torres (2-2) L: L. Mendoza (2-6)
HR: KC - None   NYM - D. Wright (16),E. Young (2)


Eric Young's first home run as a New York Met came at a crucial time.

His two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Citi Field.

With Luis Mendoza (2-6) pitching for the Royals, Omar Quintanilla walked with one out. After Justin Turner popped out, Young clubbed a 3-1 fastball over the right-field wall.

"I couldn't wait to get to home plate to see my teammates," Young said. "It was an awesome feeling."

Carlos Torres (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Starter Dillon Gee allowed just one run on three hits and a pair of walks over seven- plus innings but ended up with a no-decision.

David Wright also hit a two-run home run, the 220th of his career, tying Mike Piazza for second all-time in franchise history. However, bad news struck for him in the bottom of the 10th. While reaching first on an infield single, he pulled his right hamstring and exited the game.

Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain had an RBI apiece for Kansas City, which was looking for its first 10-game winning streak since winning 14 in a row in 1994.

The Mets held on to a 2-0 lead through the first seven innings, but faced trouble in the eighth.

Gee walked Cain to start the inning and was immediately replaced by Scott Rice, who hit Alex Gordon with a pitch and got Eric Hosmer to ground into a fielder's choice.

LaTroy Hawkins came in relief with runners at the corners and Perez grounded into a fielder's choice to third, allowing Cain to score.

David Aardsma pitched the ninth for the Mets. He allowed a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada and walked Alcides Escobar. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Elliot Johnson, and pinch-hitter Billy Butler was intentionally walked, loading the bases.

Cain then hit a sacrifice fly to center, plating Tejada, and tying the game at 2-2.

Pedro Feliciano, making his first major league appearance since 2010, replaced Aardsma and got Gordon to ground out, stopping the rally.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ike Davis ripped a leadoff double to right. Andrew Brown came in as a pinch-runner and advanced to third off Quintanilla's sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner struck out and Young was intentionally walked. Juan Lagares hit a grounder towards second to send the game to extra innings.

In the Mets' 10th, Wright hit an infield single and Marlon Byrd walked. However, Daniel Murphy grounded into a fielder's choice and a double play by John Buck ended the frame.

Wright's two-run shot to left came with two outs in the first. Lagares knocked a one-out single to right prior to the homer.

The Mets had a chance to extend their lead in the fourth, loading the bases with two outs. However, Lagares flew out to right, ending the inning.

Kansas City had an opportunity to score in the seventh. David Lough hit a one- out single up the middle and stole second. With two outs, Lough advanced to third as Johnson reached first on a fielding error by Davis. However, after Johnson stole second, Jarrod Dyson flew out to left.

"We battled," Butler said. "We matched them blow for blow."

Game Notes

Prior to the game, Feliciano was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and pitcher Josh Edgin was placed on the 15-day disabled list .... Coming into the game, these teams split six all-time matchups but hadn't met since 2004 ... Young entered the game having just one home run this season, which came on May 14. He was traded to the Mets on June 18 ... Davis went 3-for-3. He is hitting .269 since being recalled from Las Vegas on July 5 ... Since June 20 of last season, Gee has a 2.10 ERA at home ... The Mets are 9-2 this season in interleague play and are 72-65 since 2005, the best record of any NL team.

Box Score:

Friday, August 02, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Royals - Game 107

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Royals - Game 107

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

Game Notes:

Ike Davis has been dropped down to seventh in the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.). Davis had been hitting fourth or fifth since returning from the minors in early July, but is still batting just .180 on the season.

Daniel Murphy will hit fifth on Friday, and Juan Lagares moves up to second.

Catcher John Buck is also in the lineup -- he has not yet been placed on paternity leave. Buck's wife was due to have a baby Thursday.

Preview: Game 107 - Royals at Mets - Davis vs Gee

Kansas City Royals (54-51) at New York Mets (48-58) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
W. Davis (R) 20 5-9 5.505.24-46.577/27@CHWW7.1401-215.06.00
D. Gee (R) 21 7-8 4.136.03-32.477/27@WSHL7.0641-120.21.74


Right-hander Dillon Gee can get back to the .500 mark on Friday night when the New York Mets return to Citi Field to host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

The 27-year-old Texan began the season at 0-3 and fell as far as 2-6 before ultimately pulling even at 7-7 with a 4-2 defeat of the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 14 at PNC Park.

Gee allowed an unearned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings of that game, which pared his earned run average from 4.60 to 4.32.

He trimmed it further by tossing seven scoreless innings in a no-decision against Atlanta on July 22 - a 2-1 loss by the Mets - but subsequently allowed four runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss at Washington in his last outing on July 27.

Gee has never faced the Royals.

He'll face Kansas City's Wade Davis, who'll again try to stave off double- digit losses for the third time in his career.

Davis, a third-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2004, went 12-10 and 11-10 with the Rays in 2010 and 2011 before ultimately heading to the Royals in a seven- player trade in December.

He dropped four straight starts between June 29 and July 22 to fall to 4-9 on the season, but bounced back with a 1-0 defeat of the Chicago White Sox on July 27 - allowing four hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

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