The Mets entered tonight hoping to salvage the final game of their three-game set against the Reds and avoid the sweep, a scene that has become all too familiar for Terry Collins and company in the last month. They turned to Matt Harvey, who not only pitched great, but added his first two career RBI as a Big Leaguer in the 8-4 victory going away, as they hopped on a plane to head to D.C. to take on the Nationals.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
After days of inactivity and three more innings of the same to start the game last night, the Met bats finally woke up in the top of the fourth inning, as Ike Davis led the frame off with his 21st home run of the season. After two quick outs, Jason Bay singled and Kelly Shoppach was intentionally walked in favor of Matt Harvey, who hit his second double of the year, driving in two runs to increase the lead to 3-0. New York added three more in the sixth, as Bay hit his 6th homer of the season, followed by an RBI double from Ruben Tejada and run-scoring single from Mike Baxter. Davis continued his big day in the ninth, as he doubled in David Wright, who was walked, and Justin Turnerreached on an error, allowing Davis to score as well. Davis and Bay both enjoyed multi-hit games, as everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except for Turner and the newly acquired Shoppach, but he did score two runs in his Mets debut.
Reds Offensive Highlights:
Cincinnati stayed silent at the plate until the seventh inning, when Brandon Phillips got things going with a lead-off double. Following that, Jay Bruce continued his hot series with another double, scoring Phillips for Cincy’s first run. Then, things got interesting in the ninth; Frank Francisco entered in a non-save situation and immediately gave up a homer to Ryan Ludwick. Bruce doubled again and Todd Frazier walked before two outs were recorded, but Francisco couldn’t close the door, as Miguel Cairo singled in a run, as did Zack Cozart with a double. Jon Rauch came in to clean up his mess and finally shut the door on the Reds, preventing the sweep.
Matt Harvey must’ve enjoyed throwing to Kelly Shoppach, as he threw only 89 pitches in his longest MLB outing to date. The rookie went 7.2 innings while only giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts. Now, that’s the kind of pitcher we have on our hands for the future! Bobby Parnell finished off the eighth inning and Jon Rauch was able to seal the deal after Francisco was unable to do so.
Homer Baily continued to struggle on the mound, going 5.2 innings and giving up 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Alfredo Simon and Logan Ondrusek both enjoyed scoreless appearances out of the bullpen, but Jose Arredondo wasn’t lucky this time around, as he gave up the two insurance runs in the ninth inning.
New York is now 56-62, which is 17 games out of first place in the NL East and 9 games back of the second NL Wild Card. Still doesn’t sound all that good.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
The Mets head to Washington for a weekend series with the first-place Nationals before they head back home to Flushing. Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58 ERA) hopes to get back on track against their division rivals, as he takes on Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.15 ERA). First pitch at Nationals Park is set for 7:05pm.