Sunday, April 13, 2014
Series in review: Angels win 2 of 3
By Mark Simon
The New York Mets got beat two out of three by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, missing another opportunity to get to .500 for the season.
They are now 0-5 in games in which they entered one game under .500 this season.
Anthony Recker hit the game-winning homer in the Mets’ lone win of the series on Saturday night.
Recker’s homer marked only the second time in Mets history that they got a go-ahead home run in the 13th inning or later of a West Coast game. The other was by Mookie Wilson against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1985.
Recker joined the list of Mets to have multiple homers for the team in the 13th inning or later. Howard Johnson has the most with three. Kevin McReynolds, Tim Harkness, Carlos Beltran and Dave Kingman join Recker with two each.
Saturday’s game-tying homer
The game-tying home run by Raul Ibanez marked the second time that Ibanez hit a game-tying home run against Jose Valverde in the last three seasons. He also did so in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS.
It marked the fifth time in Mets history that they were one out away from a win and gave up a game-tying three-run homer, the first since June 11, 2008, when Mark Reynolds hit one. The Mets would win that game on a home run by Carlos Beltran.
The walk-off plunk
Friday’s loss marked the fourth time in Mets history that they lost on a game-ending hit batsman, the first since Scott Schoeneweis plunked Paul McAnulty in 2008. The Mets’ four such losses are tied for the second-most since their inception, trailing only the Athletics, who have six.
View from the other side: Trout’s Series
Mike Trout had a heck of a series for the Angels, going 7-for-15 with a pair of first-inning homers. Trout has four home runs this season, all of which have been 400 feet or longer. He had a 435-foot homer against Dillon Gee and a 424-foot shot against Bartolo Colon.
Trout’s 16 home runs of 420 feet or longer since the start of last season are tied with Pedro Alvarez for third-most in the majors. Only Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, with 18 each, have more.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that Sunday marked the second time in major-league history that three consecutive batters homered, with one being in his 20s, one being in his 30s, and one being in his 40s (doing so in any order). The three on Sunday were Trout (age 22), Albert Pujols (age 34) and Ibanez (age 41).
The other instance came on Aug. 3, 2004, when J.T. Snow (age 36), Barry Bonds (age 40) and Pedro Feliz (age 29) hit three straight homers against the Cincinnati Reds.