Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Wright 1-for-3 in ASG
By Kieran Darcy
NEW YORK -- David Wright has now made more All-Star Game appearances than any other Met in franchise history (7). Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Piazza all made six.
Wright started at third base and batted cleanup for the National League on Tuesday.
He already held the Mets record for All-Star Game hits, with six. He tacked on one more to his total in front of his hometown crowd.
First at-bat: The National League was retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first by American League starter Max Scherzer, so Wright had to wait until the bottom of the second to come to the plate. By then, AL manager Jim Leyland had already changed his pitcher, handing the ball to lefty Chris Sale of the White Sox.
Wright swung at the first pitch he saw, a 96-mph fastball, which he grounded to third base. Miguel Cabrera easily threw Wright out.
Second at-bat: The National League got its first baserunner in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a one-out single by former Met Carlos Beltran. Andrew McCutchen pinch-ran for Beltran, stole second, and advanced to third on a ground out by Joey Votto. Wright was up next, with two outs, facing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. With the count 2-1, Wright swung at an 84-mph slider, hit a slow bouncer to third, and was easily retired.
Third at-bat: National League manager Bruce Bochy left Wright in longer than any other NL starter in the field. Through six innings, the NL had just one hit, plus one walk (by Michael Cuddyer in the sixth), meaning Wright's third at-bat didn't come until there was one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Facing hard-throwing righty reliever Greg Holland from the Royals, and an 0-2 count, Wright smacked a 96-mph fastball into left field for a single. But he was stranded at first.
In the field: It was a quiet night at the hot corner. Wright didn't get a single chance in the field through seven innings. He was replaced by the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez in the top of the eighth, with the National League trailing 2-0.
Wright did receive several big cheers from the crowd, when he was introduced at the start of the game, and each time he came to the plate.
What's next: Wright has already said he plans to skip the Mets' team workout on Thursday, to get some extra rest. The Mets will open up the second half of the season Friday night against the Phillies, here at Citi Field.