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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Recap : 2011 Regular Season Game 63 - Mets at Pirates (Gee Rolls to seventh win)

Final Score: New York 8, Pittsburgh 1

Dillon Gee threw eight strong innings as New York beat down Pittsburgh, 8-1, in the opener of a four-game series.

Gee (7-0) remained undefeated on the year, allowing one run and striking out five while scattering eight hits in the Mets' sixth win in eight games.

"He has really pitched great. I can't say enough good things about the job he has done on controlling his emotions and keeping himself in the game. He's been really impressive to watch," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Gee.

Charlie Morton (6-3) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and a walk in just four-plus innings to absorb the loss.

Andrew McCutchen knocked in the lone run for the Pirates, who lost for the third time in five contests.

The Mets loaded the bases in the first inning with one out after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch, Carlos Beltran walked and Daniel Murphy reached on Ronny Cedeno's fielding error. Turner came home on an Angel Pagan groundout before Lucas Duda grounded out to end the inning and keep it a 1-0 game.

Pittsburgh answered right back in its half of the first after Jose Tabata singled to lead off the inning and was followed by a bunt single by Josh Harrison before McCutchen hit a third straight single to tie the game at one.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Happy Recap : 2011 Regular Season Game 60 - Mets at Brewers (Reyes, Capuano, K-Rod Combine for Win)

Final Score: New York 2, Milwaukee 1

Jose Reyes' two-run triple in the seventh inning was the difference, as the New York Mets clipped Milwaukee, 2-1, in the first of three between the clubs at Miller Park.

"He gets on base, gets us going. It's just great to have him back," said Mets manager Terry Collins of his shortstop, who extended his hit streak to 11 straight games.

Chris Capuano (4-6) worked six innings and allowed six hits and one run for the Mets, who have won three straight and four of five overall.

"I think he threw his fastball where he wanted to, kept it down consistently, to a place where it was hard to hit," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke about the ex-Brewer, who returned to bedevil his old mates.

Francisco Rodriguez turned in a scoreless ninth to post his 17th save.

Prince Fielder's solo homer was the lone offense for the Brewers, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 53 - Pirates at Mets

Final Score: New York 7, Pittsburgh 3

Josh Thole hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and Dillon Gee stayed undefeated on the season, as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 7-3, to open a four-game series.

Gee (5-0) gave up three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high eight batters for the Mets, who posted 15 hits despite their leadoff hitter, Jose Reyes, being placed on the bereavement list before the game.

"I try to go out there and give us a chance to win every five days. Just try to be consistent," Gee said. "My changeup was pretty good tonight."

Ruben Tejada, Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy all had three hits and drove in a run for the victors.

Daniel McCutchen (1-1) took the loss behind Charlie Morton, who got through six innings and was charged with three runs -- one earned -- on 11 hits.

Chris Snyder hit a two-run homer in the loss, Pittsburgh's fifth in seven games.

The Pirates tied the game, 3-3, in their turn of the seventh when Ronny Cedeno's fielder's choice grounder scored Lyle Overbay.

McCutchen relieved Morton in the bottom half having allowed just one earned run in 22 1/3 innings this season. But the reliever walked Carlos Beltran leading off, gave up a single to Murphy and served up a gapper to Thole that brought home both runners.

"This was a night that a leadoff walk became a challenge right away," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 52 - Phillies at Mets

Final Score: New York 9, Philadelphia 5

Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 and Josh Thole drove in three runs, helping the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-5, in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Daniel Murphy collected three hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games.

New York starter Jon Niese (4-5) gave up one unearned run, five hits and four walks while recording six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

"Our offense got timely hits and a lot of hits," Niese said.

Philadelphia's Vance Worley (2-1) endured the worst outing of his young career. The 23-year-old right-hander was tagged for eight runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits over three innings.

"I felt good. The last couple of bullpen (sessions) went well. Everything was working in the bullpen. Just got [on the mound] and it wasn't there," Worley said.

The Phillies were trying to match their longest winning streak of the season at five games and complete their first sweep of the Mets in Flushing since September 14-16, 2007 at Shea Stadium.

New York built a considerable lead for Niese, scoring four runs in both of the first two innings off Worley, who tossed six innings of shutout ball against the Mets in his first start of the season on April 29.

Reyes led off the opening frame with a triple that skipped past sliding left fielder Raul Ibanez and scored on a groundout by Justin Turner. Jason Bay and Murphy stroked consecutive two-out singles to put men on the corners, and a misplay by Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a ball hit by Angel Pagan allowed Bay to score. Thole and Ruben Tejada then hit back-to-back RBI singles.

All four runs in the second were scored after Worley retired the first two batters. Murphy and Pagan singled home a teammate, then both crossed the plate on Thole's double to right field.

With the help of a Reyes error, the Phillies were able to load the bases with one out in the third, but Niese limited the damage to an RBI single by Placido Polanco.

Reyes put the Mets up 9-1 with a two-out, RBI triple off Kyle Kendrick in the fifth.

New York reliever Taylor Buchholz yielded three runs in the eighth. Ibanez led off with his sixth home run of the month, a blast to the right-field seats. Ben Francisco followed with a single and scored on Dane Sardinha's two-out double. A run-scoring single by pinch-hitter Domonic Brown closed the gap to 9-4 then Jimmy Rollins kept the inning alive with a single off Pedro Beato. However, he was thrown out trying to turn it into a double, ending the rally.

Francisco added an RBI double with two outs in the ninth.

Game Notes

Reyes recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game...Worley had allowed three earned runs or less in each of his first five career major league starts...The Mets pounded out a season-high 17 hits, the most allowed by Philadelphia this year.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 44 - Mets at Yankees

Final Score: NY Mets 2, NY Yankees 1

Daniel Murphy homered off Freddy Garcia leading off the sixth inning, boosting the Mets to a 2-1 win and sending the Yankees to their sixth straight home loss.

Rookie third baseman Justin Turner continued his torrid hitting by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Mets, who have won three in a row. They were coming off back-to-back shutouts of the Washington Nationals.

Turner has driven in a run in six straight games, tying the franchise rookie record set by Ron Svoboda from August 22-26, 1965.

"We've been playing some pretty good baseball and we've got some momentum right now," Turner said. "We've been playing pretty confident. Our pitching staff's been unbelievable. I can't even describe how good they've been."

The 2011 edition of the Subway Series got underway Friday night with a good pitching duel between knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey and Garcia.

Dickey (2-5) allowed four hits, three walks and had six strikeouts over six innings to post his first victory since April 3 at Florida. He had lost his last five decisions.

"That's always a challenge," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said of Dickey's tough pitches. "No one knows where it's going."

Francisco Rodriguez retired the side in order in the ninth to convert his 15th straight save chance, his longest such stretch since saving 16 straight to start the 2009 season.

Mark Teixeira homered off Dickey in the third inning, but the Yankees had their three-game win streak broken. They've lost seven of their last 10 contests. It was a rough night, as the hosts went 1-for-10 with men in scoring position.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 43 - Nationals at Mets

Final Score: New York 1, Washington 0

Dillon Gee had the best outing of his young career on Thursday afternoon, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Gee (3-0) gave up just two hits to go with three walks and three strikeouts for the Mets, who came into this brief two-game series with zero shutouts on the season. New York changed that on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory in the opener of this set.

Justin Turner drove in the lone run for the Mets, who got three hits from Jason Bay.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Recap : 2011 Regular Season - Game 40 - Mets at Astros (Turner comes through)

Final Score: New York 7, Houston 4

Justin Turner hit a three-run homer and knocked in a career-high five runs, as the New York Mets defeated the Astros, 7-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.

Jason Pridie added a run-scoring single and stole home for the Mets, who have taken three straight series and have won seven of 10 games overall.

"He loves to play. Here's his chance. He has his opportunity and he's making the most of it," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Turner.

Chris Capuano (3-4) tossed five effective innings to pick up the win and snap a three-start losing streak. The left-hander yielded six hits, two runs, struck out six and walked three. Francisco Rodriguez locked the game down with a perfect ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.

Clint Barmes had a solo homer, while Jason Michaels doubled twice and drove in a run for Houston, which has dropped eight of its last 11 contests.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 38 - Mets at Astros (METS BOMB 3 HRs to COMEBACK AND WIN)

Fernando Martinez and David Wright clubbed two- run homers in the eighth
inning as the New York Mets rallied for a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros.

Jason Bay also went deep for the Mets, who scored all their runs from the seventh inning on to win for the sixth time in eight tries.

The Astros, who had a pair of runners thrown out at the plate,
suffered their seventh loss in nine contests.

Mets starter Dillon Gee fanned a career-high six batters in five-
plus innings, while Houston's Bud Norris struck out eight over 7
1/3 innings.

Bay homered to left with two outs in the seventh, and the Mets
used more power to grab the lead the following inning. Justin
Turner singled to lead off. Martinez, hitting for reliever Pat Misch
(1-0), then homered to right field.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 37 - Mets at Rockies (Beltran Bombs Three -2-run shots))

Final Score: New York 9, Colorado 5

Carlos Beltran hit three two-run home runs to help the New York Mets take a 9-5 win over the Colorado Rockies in the rubber match of a three-game series at Coors Field.

Beltran became the eighth Met in club history to have a three-homer game, hitting them from both sides of the plate to help the Mets win for a fifth time in the past seven games.

"What a day he had," said Willie Harris, who was on base for each of Beltran's homers in the first, seventh and ninth innings.

Jose Reyes hit a two-run single while Jon Niese (2-4) got the win as he was charged with five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Seth Smith drove in two runs for the Rockies, who have dropped six of seven. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3) remained winless in six starts as he gave up five runs on three hits with six walks over just 3 2/3 innings.

"I had to find a way to get loose. It's really hard when it's cold and it's raining," said Jimenez.

This game was a makeup of Wednesday's postponement due to rain, and, after a two-hour, 10-minute delay to the start of this contest, Beltran began the show.

In the first, Harris drew a one-out walk and Beltran followed by clubbing a first-pitch fastball over the center field wall.

Colorado got one back in the bottom of the frame on Jonathan Herrera's solo shot to left.

The fourth inning saw the Mets add to their lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Josh Thole lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score Jason Bay. Three batters later with the bases again loaded, Reyes punched a single to right to bring home two more for a 5-1 lead.

A solo home run from Todd Helton in the bottom of the fourth made it a 5-2 contest.

Beltran's second home run of the game came in the seventh inning. On the ninth pitch with a 2-2 count, he drilled a fastball to left for a 7-2 lead.

Colorado got to within striking distance in the seventh. A pinch-hit, RBI single from Alfredo Amezaga got one run across and left two men on base. After Mike O'Connor took the mound, Seth Smith hit a double to left-center that scored both runners to make it a 7-5 game.

The Rockies got runners to second and third with one out in the eighth. Jason Isringhausen, though, struck out Jose Morales and got Jason Giambi to fly out and end the inning.

Beltran smacked his third two-run shot of the game in the ninth for a 9-5 lead and Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 bottom portion of the inning to close out the contest.

"Those were three good at bats. To hit a home run to all fields from both sides, I've never seen anything like that," said Mets manager Terry Collins.

Game Notes

Reyes was the last Met to hit three home runs in a game. He did that on August 15, 2006 at Philadelphia...Both of Herrera's home runs this year have come against the Mets...Jimenez fell to 2-3 in six career starts versus the Mets...Niese is now 1-2 in five starts against the Rockies.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recap : 2011 Regular Season - Game 36 - Mets at Rockies

Final Score: New York 4, Colorado 3

Mike Pelfrey pitched into the seventh to earn the win and helped his own cause with a two-run double, leading the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Rockies to even their three-game series.

Pelfrey (3-3) gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, coming out of the game only after a 50-minute rain delay in the seventh.

His double to the right-center field wall in the fourth inning scored the go- ahead runs for the Mets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mets first baseman Ike Davis hit a two-run single in the first inning, but came out of the game after colliding with third baseman David Wright on a pop- up in the fourth inning and suffering a strained left calf.

"There's a small chance I play tomorrow," said Davis. "Depending on how it feels in the morning is what we'll go by. I don't think it's that bad."

Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez all hit solo homers for the Rockies, who have dropped five of their last six.

"We can't go anywhere else but up," Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler said.

Jason Hammel (3-2) took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five and remained in the game after taking a Ronny Paulino line drive off his calf in the fourth.

Hammel threw three warm-up pitches after he was struck, then walked Jason Pridie to put runners at first and second. Pelfrey drove the next pitch to the wall to make it 4-2.

Davis said he and Wright both called Tulowitzki's pop-up in front of the mound, which Wright caught for the fourth inning's second out. Davis played the rest of the inning, but was replaced by Justin Turner to start the fifth.

"We didn't collide very hard, I just kind of rolled my ankle a little," said Davis. "I didn't know what it was, it just kind of hurt everywhere."

Gonzalez led off the sixth inning with his third homer of the season, but the Rockies had just two more baserunners the rest of the game. Relievers Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the last 2 1/3 innings for New York after the rain delay, with Rodriguez throwing a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

"We've been in so many (one-run games) where we just couldn't get the big hit," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "So we'll take it."

New York loaded the bases in the first inning and took a 2-0 lead on Davis' two-run single up the middle, but Colorado tied it in the second on solo homers from Tulowitzki and Smith.

Tulowitzki led off the inning with his ninth homer of the season, knocking a 2-2 pitch the opposite way and over the wall in right field. With one out, Smith drove the first pitch he saw over the wall in right-center field for his third homer.

Game Notes

A member of the grounds crew got stuck beneath the tarp in the seventh inning and crawled his way out slowly, receiving cheers from the crowd when he emerged...The Rockies are 1-1 on an eight-game homestand...Davis' two-run single in the first snapped Hammel's 14-inning scoreless streak...The Mets are 5-7 in their last 12 games.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 32 - Dodgers at Mets (PRIDIE TO THE RESCUE)

Final Score: New York 6, Los Angeles 3

Jason Pridie put the Mets in front with a three-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth inning, and New York held on for a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set.

Despite their fifth loss in six games, the Dodgers did have a bright spot as Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games. Ethier, who has been dealing with elbow inflammation, went 3-for-5 to move within one game of Willie Davis' club record.

"It's neat, but it's not helping snap this little skid we're on," Ethier said of the streak. "It's a nice personal thing, but besides that we need to start figuring out ways to get this thing going."

The Mets earned back-to-back wins behind Pridie's blast, as well as three extra-base hits from Jose Reyes.

Ryota Igarashi (2-0) got the win in relief behind Jon Niese, who gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings.

Kuroda (3-3) was staked to a 3-2 lead on Juan Uribe's RBI groundout in the fifth inning.

But with a runner on second and two outs in the sixth, Kuroda opted to intentionally walk Ike Davis, who homered off him earlier in the game.

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 30 - Giants at Mets

Carlos BeltranImage by tedkerwin via Flickr
Final Score: New York 5, San Francisco 2

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run to help the Mets beat the Giants, 5-2, and avoid a three-game series sweep.

Mike Pelfrey (2-3) earned the win, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks while striking out five over 7 2/3 innings. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his seventh save of the season with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Mets, who got just their second win in seven games.

Jonathan Sanchez (2-2) took the loss, lasting five innings and giving up five runs on five hits and six walks while striking out six. The Giants have dropped three of their last five games.

"He's got to get it back here. He's better than this. We can't look at a guy that's going number two for us going four or five innings. It was not a good day for Johnny [Sanchez]," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 28 - Mets at Phillies (Bin Laden Dead)

Osama Bin Laden DeadImage by secretagent007 via Flickr
Final Score: New York 2, Philadelphia 1 (14 innings)

Ronny Paulino capped off his career-high five-hit night with an RBI double in the 14th inning, as the New York Mets snuck past the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, to avoid a three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park.

Making his first start of the season, Paulino went 5-for-7 for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid. Carlos Beltran drove in the other run for New York.

Chris Young gave up two hits and struck out seven in a seven-inning start. Taylor Buchholz (1-0) pitched two scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Ryan Howard knocked in the lone run for the Phillies, who were coming off a record-setting April. Philadelphia went 18-8 in April to set a club record for wins in the first full month of a season, surpassing the 1993 squad that won the National League pennant.

Starter Cliff Lee gave up one run on eight hits over seven frames. Kyle Kendrick (1-2) allowed one run on four hits and walked two in three innings to take the loss.

"Try to forget about it, go home and get some sleep," Howard said of the team's offensive showing. "We hit some balls hard. We hit them right at people. Those things happen sometimes."

The game featured 12 pitchers -- six from each side.

After stranding runners on second and third in the 13th, the Mets took the lead in the 14th. David Wright led off with a single and moved to second two batters later on Jason Bay's base hit. Ike Davis' deep fly ball to center allowed Wright to move to third. Paulino then doubled to left to make it a 2-1 game.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but Davis grounded out.

Philadelphia's best chance to score early on came in the third. Brian Schneider doubled to right with one out. Lee flied out and Shane Victorino grounded out to end the threat.

New York broke the scoreless tie in the fifth. With two outs, Wright singled off the wall in left. Beltran followed with an RBI double to right- center field.

Young retired 10 straight batters before giving up a one-out walk to Howard in the seventh. Ben Francisco was then hit by a pitch. After Raul Ibanez struck out, Pete Orr walked to load the bases. Young got out of the jam by getting Schneider to go down swinging.

The Phillies tied the game in the eighth. Jason Isringhausen walked John Mayberry Jr. and Jimmy Rollins to put two men on with two outs. Tim Byrdak came in from the bullpen to face Howard, who hit an RBI single to left. Francisco Rodriguez came in to get the final out, but not before Philly made it a 1-1 game.

The game went into extras after Philadelphia stranded runners on first and second in the ninth.

Game Notes

The Phillies were without catcher Carlos Ruiz (back)...Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected by third base umpire Lance Barksdale after Schneider struck out to end the seventh...Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt is expected to rejoin the team on Thursday...The Mets improved to 2-6 in games decided by one run...

The fans in attendance erupted with chants of "USA! USA! USA!" when they learned of Osama bin Laden's death in the top of the ninth...The Mets went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 19 men on base. Philly went 1-for-8 with RISP and stranded 11.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 24 - Mets at Nationals - Win 6th in a row

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  RY 24:  RY ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Final Score: New York 6, Washington 3

Daniel Murphy ripped a two-run double during a four-run ninth inning the New York Mets used to record a 6-3 victory over Washington in the second of a three-game series from Nationals Park.

Murphy had also blasted a game-tying solo homer in the eighth in a pinch-hit appearance. The Mets fell behind again, but loaded the bases to begin their final at-bat, then tied the game on a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Chin- Lung Hu. Josh Thole knocked in the decisive run with a groundout to short before Murphy created some breathing room.

Sean Burnett (0-1) suffered the blown save and the loss for the Nationals, who have dropped six of seven. He allowed four runs, four hits and a walk in the ninth.

The Mets have won a season-high six straight games, climbing over the Nationals and out of the National League East cellar in the process.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 21 - Diamondbacks at Mets

Final Score: New York 6, Arizona 4

Daniel Murphy hit RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings, lifting the New York Mets over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, in the second test of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Jason Bay hit a solo homer and drove in three runs for the Mets, who have won three in a row for the second time in 2011. Ike Davis also hit a solo home run.

Dillon Gee (2-0) went six innings in the start, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on five hits to pick up the win. He also struck out five and walked one.

Miguel Montero hit a solo homer for Arizona, which got an RBI apiece from Stephen Drew, Gerardo Parra and Ryan Roberts.

Barry Enright (0-2) went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits to take the loss.

Arizona scored a run in the first inning. Justin Upton hit a two-out single and crossed the plate on Drew's triple to right.

New York responded with two runs in the home first to take the lead. Jose Reyes walked and David Wright singled to put men on the corners with one out. After Carlos Beltran fouled out, Wright stole second. Bay followed with a two-run single to center.

The Mets hit two homers in the third to take a 4-1 lead. With two outs, Bay cleared the right-center field wall. Davis then hit a homer to right.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 20 - Diamondbacks at Mets ( Mets win 2 in a row)

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Ike Davis #...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Final Score: New York 4, Arizona 1

Ike Davis' reviewed home run in the seventh inning helped the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Carlos Beltran added an RBI single for the Mets, who have won two games in a row after dropping nine of their previous 10. New York starter Mike Pelfrey (1-2) gave up one run on five hits over seven strong innings

Joe Saunders limited the Mets to a run on two hits with three walks in six- plus innings for Arizona, which has lost five of eight.

Esmerling Vasquez (0-1) replaced Saunders after David Wright walked to begin the seventh. Vasquez retired the next two batters before Davis crushed a 1-0 offering off the center-field wall. The hit was originally ruled a double, and the umpires briefly conversed on the field before observing the replay, which showed that the ball hit above the orange line that serves as the home run boundary.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 16 - Mets at Braves (Mets Win, Break Losing Streak)

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Final Score: New York 3, Atlanta 2

Josh Thole had a pair of run-scoring singles, as the New York Mets snapped their seven-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game set at Turner Field.

Jose Reyes had a pair of hits and scored twice, while Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single for the Mets, who won for the first time since defeating Washington, 8-4, on April 9.

Dillon Gee (1-0), taking the spot in the rotation for Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with biceps tendinitis, gave up one run on five hits with a pair of walks over 5 2/3 effective innings. The right-hander struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez locked the game down in the ninth despite allowing the leadoff hitter to reach. It was his second save of the season.

Jason Heyward had a solo homer and rookie Freddie Freeman added a run-scoring single to account for the offense for Atlanta, which has split its last six games overall.

Tommy Hanson (1-3) threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and fanned nine, but was tagged with the loss.

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 8 - Nationals vs Mets

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Final Score: New York 8, Washington 4 

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a two-run and solo home run to help the New York Mets take an 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals in the middle game of a three-game set.

Ike Davis hit a two-run triple in the sixth and Jose Reyes added a two-run double in the ninth for the Mets, who snapped a three-game slide. Chris Capuano (1-0) worked six innings of four-run ball, giving up seven hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning while Ian Desmond added a solo shot for the Nationals, who had won their previous two. Tom Gorzelanny (0-1) was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 4 - Mets at Phillies

Final Score: New York 7, Philadelphia 1 

Chris Young had a productive Mets debut with his arm and his bat, as New York chased Cole Hamels early and handed the Phillies their first loss of the season, 7-1.

Young (1-0), signed in the offseason after an injury-riddled stint in San Diego, allowed just one run on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

The 6-foot-10 righty struck out seven and went 3-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, including a two-hit effort in New York's six-run third inning.

David Wright went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in for the Mets, who took two of three from the Florida Marlins to start the season.

Hamels (0-1) was pulled after yielding six runs on seven hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 frames. The poor outing spoiled Philadelphia's chance at opening the season 4-0 for the first time since 1915.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt surrendered five runs combined in a sweep over Houston to open the year, but the Phillies' fourth starter, Hamels, gave up six in the third inning alone on Tuesday.

Young started the inning with a single, Jose Reyes bunted himself on and Angel Pagan walked to load the bases for Wright, whose humpback liner to left scored a pair.

A passed ball brought in the third run, and singles from Ike Davis and Brad Emaus made it 5-0. Young came to the plate again and became the first Mets pitcher to record two hits in an inning, as his broken-bat single to left scored Davis and ended Hamels' forgettable night on the rubber.

Placido Polanco doubled in Wilson Valdez in the fifth inning, but the Phillies' rally was thwarted when Ryan Howard grounded out weakly to leave the bases loaded.

Scott Hairston knocked in Wright with a single off David Herndon in the sixth, and the combination of D.J. Carrasco, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell held the Phillies to two hits over the final three innings.

Game Notes
Hamels recorded a career-low 3.06 earned-run average in 33 starts last season, but fell to 2-9 lifetime against the Mets...Young, who has suffered through arm injuries the past three years, came in with a 6.60 ERA in three starts at Citizens Bank Park...These National League East rivals split 18 meetings last season...Raul Ibanez had two of the Phillies' seven hits. 

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 3 - Mets at Marlins

Ike Davis 2010 Home AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: New York 9, Florida 2

Willie Harris and Ike Davis both homered, as the New York Mets spoiled Javier Vazquez's Florida debut with a 9-2 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Harris and Davis each scored twice for the Mets, who did not win their first road series last season until June 11-13 when they swept the Orioles in Baltimore in a three-game set. In fact, New York was 5-17-4 in road series in 2010.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-0) was solid in a six-inning start, allowing one unearned run on five hits. He also struck out seven batters. The 36-year-old had his best season last year, posting an 11-9 record and a 2.84 ERA in 27 games (26 starts).

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