Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Mets morning briefing 8.29.12
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Young surrendered a grand slam to Ryan Howard and solo homer to Chase Utley, but the Mets rallied for a 9-5, 10-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Kelly Shoppach's RBI double in the eighth forced extra innings. Shoppach then contributed a two-run homer in a four-run 10th.
"This team has been accused of folding it up. I disagree with that," Terry Collins said postgame.
Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99) at 7:05 tonight.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell combined to contribute 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Shoppach delievered his second homer since joining the Mets, matching the combined total of the other Mets catchers this season.
After Young was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings, Collins wondered if the right-hander's recent ineffectiveness has to do with going a week between his starts, which has been the result in part of the Mets using extra starters in the rotation. “I think this is seven days between starts for him,” Collins said. “I’m not sure if that’s too much. Obviously his command wasn’t very good in the first inning, which is very unlike him. He’s usually right on top of it. So we’ve got to take a look at it and see if that was one of the issues.”
Read game recaps in the Record, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Post and Daily News.
• Daniel Murphy played a day after getting an MRI on his right shoulder and snapped out of a funk with hits in his first three at-bats. Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.
• Tuesday likely marked the Mets' final game in Buffalo before changing affiliations. Todd Dewey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal adds to the educated speculation the Mets will now end up with their Triple-A affiliate in that Nevada market for 2013. Writes Dewey:
Las Vegas was affiliated with the San Diego Padres from 1983 to 2000 and with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2008. The Dodgers left for Albuquerque, N.M., because it had a more modern ballpark and better player amenities than Cashman Field. "The honest truth is right now we're in a 30-year-old stadium with no player amenities and because of that we're going to be at a disadvantage," [Las Vegas GM Chuck] Johnson said. Until or unless a new park is built for the 51s, the team will probably continue to be the last one standing in the biannual Triple-A shuffle and partner with whichever big league team remains. That team likely will be from the East Coast, as there are more Triple-A affiliates than big league teams on the West Coast. "Someone's always going to have a disenfranchised, geographically unsatisfactory team," Johnson said. Stevens Baseball Group, which owns the 51s, is having ongoing discussions with prospective buyers for the team.
• Pitching in the final home game in Buffalo, Collin McHugh allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings and was pulled at 69 pitches to ensure he is fresh for his return to the major league rotation, Monday in St. Louis. Surging Wilmer Flores had three more hits to up his August average to .392 in Binghamton's 12-8 loss at Reading. Cory Vaughn slugged his 23rd homer as St. Lucie split a doubleheader. Dimas Ponce hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 11th to lift Brooklyn to a victory at Aberdeen. Read Tuesday's full minor league recap here.
TRIVIA: Ike Davis has 24 homers. Name the four first basemen who have produced more in a season in franchise history.
Tuesday's answer: David Wright leads the Mets in steals with 12.