It was another game without a lot of offense to speak of, but it came at the right time for the Mets to grab a rare series win at home to close out their latest stretch of games at Citi Field. Jeremy Hefner had a chance to put together the first shutout effort of his career, but couldn’t keep the Astros quiet in the 9th inning. However, that just prolonged the inevitable as Ike Davis and the Mets walked off with the win before they packed their bags for Philadelphia.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Putting together just 2 runs on 4 hits this afternoon, there isn’t a whole lot to say about New York and their offensive output. However, it was Ike Davis who carried the load, hitting two solo home runs, one to give the Mets the lead in the fourth, and one in the bottom of the ninth to the Mo’s Zone to give Terry Collins and company something to smile about going into their off day tomorrow. David Wright and Kelly Shoppach were the only other two players to get hits in today’s contest, as they were retired in order four times. In his return to the Mets lineup for the first time in about a month, Lucas Dudawent 0-for-2 with a walk.
Astros Offensive Highlights:
Houston was held in check for the entire game, until the ninth inning, when they were able to tie the game up, only to watch the Mets celebrate at home plate in the bottom of the inning. Jose Altuve pinch-hit for Brandon Barnes, and led things off with a single. He stole his 26th bag of the season to put himself in scoring position for Marwin Gonzalez, who doubled for the second time today, this time bringing home Altuve. They were successful with runners in scoring position in limited chances (2-for-5), but leaving 5 men on base ended up being the difference between a win and a loss for the Astros.
Today’s game ended up being a pitcher’s duel between two young hurler, as Lucas Harrell made one mistake to Davis in the middle of the game, but otherwise had a fantastic outing, as he went 7 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Wilton Lopez came on in relief to throw 1.1 innings, but threw a fastball right down broadway to Ike, who got just enough of the ball to send it over the right field fence.
Jeremy Hefner turned in a great outing, as he was starting his first game since coming back from paternity leave. He went 8 innings (pitching into the 9th), gave up 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 7. Robert Carson came in to record an out, and Bobby Parnell got the final two outs in the ninth, eventually earning the win.
With the victory, the Mets have won two in a row, and improve their season record to 59-69.
Probable Pitchers Tuesday:
New York will enjoy an off-day Monday, as they head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Chris Young (3-7, 4.33 ERA) will take the mound, as the home team will send Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA) to toe the slab.