Game Recap: Ike Davis’ Three Homers Not Enough as Mets Fall 6-3

By Matt Musico

Ike Davis become the ninth Mets player to hit three home runs in a baseball game last night. Unfortunately, they were all solo home runs and he was the only one that had great success against Diamondback pitching. Chris Young also struggled in his outing last night, as the Mets lost their 13th game since the All-Star break.

Mets Offensive Highlights:

Davis led the offense with four hits last night, just about half of New York’s nine-hit attack. The second, fourth, and sixth innings were when Davis came to the plate and slugged each of his solo home runs. He had a chance to become the first Met to hit four round trippers in a game, but after David Wright walked in the eighth inning, he singled to right field. Ruben Tejadawas the only other New York player with a multi-hit game and as a team, New York left 9 men on base, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Diamondbacks Offensive Highlights:

Arizona got down to business in the bottom of the first; Gerardo Parra singled to lead things off, then he scored on a long double by Aaron Hill over the head of Kirk Nieuwenhuis. In the second, they got to Young again, as Ryan Wheeler drove in Miguel Montero with a double, then scored himself on a Parra single. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the fourth inning rally; Justin Upton singled in front of Montero, who hit his 11th homer of the season. Parra once again singled, driving Wheeler in for the sixth run of the game.

Pitching Highlights:

After two straight quality starts against the Nationals, Chris Young struggled in his 4 innings of work, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 2. Ramon Ramirez, Manny Acosta, and Josh Edgin combined for 4 innings of scoreless relief, only giving up one hit and striking out 6. Unfortunately, their good work was for nothing as the offense couldn’t get anything going.

Despite giving up three homers to Davis, Ian Kennedy got his ninth win of the season, going 6.1 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, and 1 walk on 9 strikeouts. Takashi Saito, David Hernandez, and J.J. Putz closed the door, as Putz earned his 19th save of the season.

Worth Noting:

The three home runs by Ike Davis lengthened his club lead, and became the first Met this season to get to 20 bombs in 2012. Tejada continues to stay hot, as he’s now gotten six hits in his last three games, with two hits coming in each contest.

Yet another loss drops the Mets to 48-53, now 12.5 games behind the Nationals, and they continue to fall out of Wild Card contention, 8.5 games behind.

Probable Pitchers Monday:

Before the Mets head to San Francisco, they will try for a split of this four-game set with Arizona. It will be in a hands of R.A. Dickey (13-2, 2.97 ERA), who is coming off his first loss since April 18th. He will be opposing Joe Saunders (5-6, 3.51 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10p.