Saturday, July 20, 2013
Buck cramps up in eighth
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Mets catcher John Buck suffered a cramp in the eighth inning of Friday's 13-8 loss to Philadelphia, but was fine after the game. Mets manager Terry Collins said Buck will likely sit Saturday and return to the lineup Sunday.
Buck started cramping after grounding out to start the inning.
"It was just something on that one swing," Buck said. "Felt it on defense that inning when I went to block the ball, a little slide."
He added: "I'd try to convince [Mets manager] Terry [Collins] I'd be fine tomorrow, but he's the boss."
After struggling for the past two months, Buck's bat has found some life, as he's now 11-for-30 over his past seven games. Buck went 2-for-5 on Friday night.
"He's hitting more balls up the middle, he's hitting more balls to right field. That means he's letting the ball get deeper and he's got great power to center and right-center field," Collins said. "I think the more he lets the ball travel and the more he keeps his head on it, I think we're seeing some results."
Impressed: Terry Collins liked the resolve his team showed to battle back from an 11-0 deficit on Friday night. The Mets missed out on their biggest chance in the sixth when Josh Satin grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs with the team down 13-6. David Wright hit a two-run shot in the ninth.
"I'll tell you what, down 11-0, make it a game, pretty impressive by our guys," Collins said.
Burning the pen: In the third inning of the first game of an 18-game, 17-day stretch, the Mets had to turn to their bullpen early. Mets relievers had to get 21 outs on Friday night due to Jeremy Hefner's struggles, a less-than-ideal scenario for the squad. The relievers tossed seven innings of five-run ball.
Greg Burke started the relievers brigade and went 2 2/3 innings before turning it over to Josh Edgin, who recorded just one out while also giving up a homer to Chase Utley. Gonzalez Germen and Scott Rice followed with a combined 1 1/3 perfect innings, and David Aardsma went the last 1 2/3 innings.
Before the game, Collins said one of the reasons why the Mets did not activate Justin Turner off the disabled list was to make sure they have enough pitching. After having to use most of his arms, Collins said it was a "fairly big concern," but said the team shouldn't be too taxed on Saturday.
LaTroy Hawkins, Bobby Parnell and Scott Atchison were not used.
"We got plenty of guys down there," Collins said. "We just have to get innings out of [Zack] Wheeler."
Liking Ike: Ike Davis entered the game with two hits in his last 21 at-bats, but he went 2-for-4 to start the second half. He's 7-for-30 since returning on July 5.