Rapid Reaction: Angels 5, Mets 4 (11)
April, 12, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The bullpen could not be perfect forever.
With the relief corps' scoreless-inning streak at 20 1/3 innings, Jeurys Familia surrendered a leadoff single to Raul Ibanez, then uncorked a wild pitch in the 11th inning. Familia ultimately hit Hank Conger with a pitch after a pair of intentional walks had loaded the bases to force in the winning run and the Mets suffered a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Familia was pitching his career-high third inning of relief work.
The Mets' bullpen had allowed 14 runs (13 earned) in the season's first four games before the 180-degree turnaround.
Gee fizz: In his third 2014 start, Dillon Gee surrendered a pair of homers while failing to hold a two-run lead.
Mike Trout homered against Gee in the first inning. Then, with the Mets ahead 4-2 in the fifth, Gee walked Howie Kendrick and surrendered a two-run homer to J.B. Shuck. Shuck was making his season debut in place of injured Josh Hamilton.
Gee’s line in a no-decision: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
First thing: Josh Satin, starting for only the second time this season, delivered a tiebreaking two-run double in the fourth as the Mets took a 4-2 lead against Tyler Skaggs.
Satin entered the game with only six plate appearances this season. The Mets had faced only one other left-handed starter before Friday: Washington’s Gio Gonzalez in Game 2 of the season.
Deep thoughts: Travis d’Arnaud went deep for the first time in 110 at-bats when he took Skaggs deep in the third inning to even the score at 2. D’Arnaud’s only other big-league homer came last Aug. 25 against Detroit’s Rick Porcello.
Touched by an Angel fan: Curtis Granderson, who was throwing a ball back into the infield after catching a flyout in the right-field corner in the eighth inning, was touched in the back by a fan who reached onto the field. Granderson turned and said something to the fan, who subsequently was escorted from his seat by security.
What’s next: Jonathon Niese makes his second start of the season Saturday. Niese (0-1, 3.18 ERA) opposes right-hander Jered Weaver (0-2, 6.00) at 9:05 p.m. ET. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both are due to be in the lineup.