July 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

8/3 Game Recap: Mets Fall to Royals 4-3 in 12

This afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets took on the Royals in the second game of their three game set.

The Mets, playing in their first game without the injured David Wright, took an early 1-0 lead when Daniel Murphy launched a solo homer in the second.

Jeremy Hefner was decent enough today, but his one bad inning was costly.  He allowed five hits and three runs in the third inning as Kansas City went ahead 3-1.

The Mets’ diminished lineup was held in check by Royals starter Bruce Chen, but the team came to life against setup man Aaron Crow in the eighth.  After Andrew Brown led off with a pinch hit single, and moved to second on a passed ball, Juan Lagares grounded an infield single that put runners on first and third with one out.  Lagares proceeded to steal second base, and the Mets tied the game at 3 when he and Brown were driven in on a single up the middle by Josh Satin.

This being a Mets game, it of course went to extra innings.

The game remained tied until the top of the 12th.  David Aardsma entered, fell behind 3-0 to Justin Maxwell leading off, and then served up a go ahead homer on a 3-2 count as the Royals went in front 4-3.

The Mets were held scoreless in their half of the 12th as Kansas City evened the series at a game each.

Highlights:

  • Jeremy Hefner got the start for the Mets and was decent.  In 6 innings of work, he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits, walked none and struck out 6.
  • Josh Satin delivered a game tying, 2 RBI single in the 8th.

Thoughts:

With David Wright out of the lineup, the Mets fought back to tie things at 3 this afternoon.  Ike Davis, who went 3 for 3 last night with a walk went the entire game without a plate appearance.  In another curious move, Terry Collins double switched Daniel Murphy (his best hitter) out of the game in the 12th.  It didn’t matter since David Aardsma immediately gave up the eventual game winning home run, but it was terrible in game management regardless.

Next Up:

The Mets and Royals wrap up their three game set tomorrow afternoon at 1:10.  Zack Wheeler gets the start for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Ervin Santana.

 

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