Friday, August 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Royals 2 (11)
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Eric Young Jr.'s two-run homer gave the New York Mets a 4-2 walk-off win in 11 innings over the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but David Wright's early departure overshadowed the victory over baseball's hottest team at Citi Field.
Wright had to leave in the 10th inning after coming up limp running to first base.
Wright leaves: Wright appeared to pull a hamstring a few steps before first base as he ran out a base hit to start the 10th. Wright left the game shortly after, and was limping as he exited the field. He went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run.
Wright, who has been battling a hamstring issue, was seen during Wednesday's loss against Miami grabbing his hamstring while on the basepaths. Mets manager Terry Collins said that Wright's legs were tight.
Earlier in the game, Wright hit a two-run shot to put the Mets up 2-0 in the first inning. It marked Wright's 220th career homer, tying him with Mike Piazza for the second-most in franchise history. Darryl Strawberry owns the record with 252.
Ike responds: After being dropped to seventh in the lineup, Ike Davis went 3-for-3 with a walk. Davis had been hitting fourth or fifth since returning from the minors on July 5, but Collins said Davis wasn't doing a good enough job driving in runs. Davis singled in the second and fourth innings, walked in the sixth inning, then doubled to right to start the ninth. Davis did, however, commit an error in the seventh inning, and LaTroy Hawkins bailed him out of a second error in the eighth inning with a nice scoop of a low-tossed ball.
Gee cruises: Mets starter Dillon Gee suffered a tough-luck no-decision on Friday night. He navigated the Royals' lineup with ease as he gave up one run on three hits over seven innings, leaving with the lead. The Royals did not get their first runner to third base until the seventh, and with two outs and two on in that frame, Gee induced a soft fly from Jarrod Dyson to escape damage. Gee has thrown precisely seven innings in each of his three starts since the All-Star break.
Feliciano returns: Southpaw reliever Pedro Feliciano pitched in his first game in the majors since Oct. 2, 2010. He retired Alex Gordon in the ninth with two men on and the go-ahead run at third base.
Aardsma closes: David Aardsma attempted to notch his first save since Sept. 19, 2010, but he couldn't protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Aardsma served as the closer due to Bobby Parnell being unavailable with a sore neck.
Up next: Carlos Torres had been scheduled to start Saturday but he appeared in relief. The Mets will likely use Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21 ERA) against Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.