Apr 23, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d

4/23 Game Recap: Duda's Blast, Defense Gives Mets 3-2 Win

“If they don’t make this call right, Keith, we’re going down to Park Avenue tonight.”

Ron Darling, SNY

The New York Mets (11-10), behind excellent pitching from Jonathon Niese, a couple walks from pitcher Michael Wacha, a solo blast by Lucas Duda, and one helluva relay-and-tag by Ruben Tejada and Travis d’Arnaud, respectively, beat the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 3-2 at the ballpark in Queens.

Though Niese started the night off with a single by Matt Carpenter, who later scored on a Yadier Molina double to make it 1-0 Cardinals, settled in real nice and limited the Cards to 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6.2 innings, striking out 3 to get his first win of the year.

Michael Wacha, who NY beat writers LOVE to mention, lived up to the hype for the 1st 9 outs, striking them all out. Curtis Granderson got a single in the 1st inning with 1 out to snap an 0-22 skid, Travis d’Arnaud walked in the 2nd with 2 out, and Jon Niese walked to open the 3rd, but everything around those plays were strikeouts of Mets players.

The Mets opened up the bottom of the 4th with a Daniel Murphy single before Chris Young grounded into a force out for the first out in the field. Lucas Duda then walked before Travis d’Arnaud singled to load the bases. Ruben Tejada fouled the 1st pitch he saw off, but the next 4 were out of the strike zone and the Mets had tied the game. After a coaching visit to the mound, Jon Niese struck out to keep the trend alive, but another trend was taking over as Wacha walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis to force in the go-ahead 2nd run.

To lead off the bottom of the 6th, Lucas Duda absolutely crushed a fastball up in the zone to the Wise chips sign under the Shea Bridge, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead.

That got them to the 9th, where “closer” Kyle Farnsworth was ready to shut the Cards down. He struck out the first batter he faced, Mr. Shane Robinson. Then, however, he gave up 2 singles in a row to Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter. Daniel Descalso then pinch-hit for Mark Ellis, and on a 2-0 pitch, he did this:

What the Cardinals broadcasters fail to tell you that the SNY folks did is that it was Mike Matheny‘s first challenge of the year, and that he had been the only manager in the Majors who had yet to challenge a play. Ruben Tejada made quite the throw, one that seems to tail to exactly where Travis needed it halfway through before d’Arnaud, in a quick motion, slapped the tag on Matt Carpenter‘s back before the guy was able to touch the plate. Curtis Granderson then handled a Matt Holliday flyout that the wind got hold of and lock down the Mets 3-2 victory.

Thoughts:

Strikeouts are awesome. The way they miss the bat is fun to watch. Especially when your team has gutted out the 1-run win.


They TOTALLY have to start wearing blue pants with orange piping when wearing the blue jersey. Let’s petition for this. Maybe it’ll get the Royals to do what they should have been doing all along since bringing back the powder blue.

Here’s another video we can embed.

Up Next:

The Mets and the Cardinals wrap up their 4-game series today with an afternoon game at Citi Field. RHP Bartolo Colon (1-3, 5.40 ERA) takes on RHP Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.42 ERA).

Who’s goin’?! I’m goin.

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  • Not4Nutten

    Best Game of the Year for The Mets!!! Great Job to all especially Kirk, Travis and Ruben!!!