Friday, May 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 14, Mets 5
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Jon Niese surrendered a career-high four homers and matched a career high by surrendering eight runs while lasting only three innings as the Mets were drubbed in their first game in Toronto in six years.
The Blue Jays blasted five homers overall and routed the Mets 14-5 on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Catcher Rob Johnson pitched the eighth inning and was among the more effective pitchers. He retired the Jays in order that frame. It was Johnson’s first professional experience as a pitcher in the majors or minors. Todd Zeile was the last position player to be used on the mound by the Mets -- on July 26, 2004, at Montreal, in a 19-10 loss.
J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis had two homers apiece Friday. Arencibia became the third player this season to have a six-RBI game against the Mets, joining Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez and Houston’s Chris Johnson.
Chris Capuano was the last Met to serve up four long balls in a game, on May 21 of last season against the Yankees. The franchise record is five homers allowed, by Roger Craig in 1963.
Three innings matched the fourth-shortest start of Niese’s career. He also allowed eight runs last Aug. 23 against the Phillies, as well as in 2010 against the Braves.
Niese consecutively struck out Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who have a combined 23 homers, with two runners aboard in the first in a scoreless game. However, the southpaw then served up a three-run homer to Arencibia. Before that long ball, batters had been 1-for-36 against Niese with two outs this season.
Arencibia had two of the four homers against Niese. Brazilian-born Yan Gomes also went deep -- his first major league homer. The first of Davis’ two homers came against Niese. The other came against Manny Acosta during a four-run sixth by the Jays that opened a 14-1 lead.
After three runners inherited by Ramon Ramirez all scored, Acosta ultimately was charged with five runs in two innings as his ERA swelled to 10.53.
Scott Hairston’s three-run homer capped an inconsequential four-run eighth for the Mets.
WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright’s first-inning double gave him 1,300 career hits, tying him with Jose Reyes for second on the franchise’s all-time list. Ed Kranepool ranks first with 1,418 hits, although it took Kranepool 18 seasons as a Met to amass that total. Wright went 1-for-3 and is now hitting .409.
Wright, fighting a severe head cold, was pulled in the bottom of the sixth with the Mets trailing by nine runs. Jordany Valdespin entered at shortstop and Ronny Cedeno moved to third base. Wright is due to get the day off Saturday.
DEBUTANT: Robert Carson made his major league debut in the seventh with the Mets trailing by 13 runs. The southpaw worked around a two-out walk to Colby Rasmus to put up a scoreless frame.
WHAT’S NEXT: Miguel Batista (1-1, 4.26 ERA), fresh off tossing seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, opposes right-hander Brandon Morrow (4-2, 2.22) on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. Mike Baxter should be the extra bat in the lineup.