July 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets player Anthony Recker (20) high fives pitcher Jeremy Hefner (53) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

7/2 Game Recap: Mets Blast Arizona 9-1

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Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets took on the Diamondbacks in the second game of a four game set.

The matchup between Patrick Corbin and Jeremy Hefner started out as a quick moving pitchers duel, before the Mets broke the ice in the bottom of the fifth.  It was then, that Anthony Recker homered to left center to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

With a steady rain falling, turning the infield into muddy puddles in several areas, Arizona tied things up in the top of the seventh when Martin Prado delivered a solo homer that landed near where Recker’s had two innings prior.  The umpires should’ve covered the field after Arizona’s half of the inning ended, but they elected not to.  The Mets then erupted against Patrick Corbin.

David Wright led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and moved to third when Marlon Byrd doubled to shallow left center.  Josh Satin followed with an RBI double that put the Mets back on top 2-1.  After Andrew Brown walked to load the bases with no one out, and with the rain failing to let up, the umpires finally ordered for the field to be covered.

After a rain delay that lasted an hour and 41 minutes, Brad Ziegler took over on the mound for Arizona and faced Anthony Recker with the bases loaded.  Recker wasted no time, hitting a hard grounder through the hole between third and short to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1.  Omar Quintanilla followed that up by stroking a two run single down the right field line that made it 5-1.  After Anthony Recker was thrown out at home (although he was safe) when Daniel Murphy grounded to first, Eric Young, Jr. lined a two run double down the left field line as the Mets’ lead ballooned to 7-1.  Juan Lagares followed that by grounding an RBI single to right field that made it 8-1 Mets.

The Mets added a run in the ninth when Omar Quintanilla grounded an RBI single to center with 2 outs.  That made it 9-1 New York and closed out the scoring.

Highlights:

  • Jeremy Hefner, who’s been fantastic over the last month, got the start and pitched tremendously.  Over 7 innings, Hefner allowed 1 run on 4 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 6 while lowering his ERA to 3.54.
  • Josh Satin gave the Mets the lead in the 7th with an RBI double.
  • Juan Lagares, who hit 2nd in the lineup,  had a nice game.  He went 2 for 4 with a double.
  • The Mets scored 7 runs in the 7th inning, the most they’ve scored in a single frame this season.

Thoughts:

The Mets needed a laugher like the one they got tonight.  Hefner pitched a great game, the offense erupted (plating five of their eight runs against the previously unbeaten Patrick Corbin), and the team finally broke their 30 game streak of failing to score five or more runs at home.

Next Up:

Tomorrow night at 7:10, the Mets host the third game of their four game series against Arizona.  Matt Harvey gets the start for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Randall Delgado.

 

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