Saturday, July 12, 2014
Hot Soup serves up decisive hit
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Rookie Eric Campbell came up big again Saturday.
Campbell delivered a pinch-hit single against Mike Dunn in the eighth inning that plated Travis d’Arnaud with the go-ahead run as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 5-4, at Citi Field.
Campbell is now 6-for-12 as a pinch hitter this season. He has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .455 (15-for-33).
“I saw a lot of pitches down in Miami, and a lot of pitches that at-bat,” Campbell said about his matchup against Dunn. “I had a pretty good idea of what his stuff does, so that helped.”
Campbell said he benefited in staying sharp for pinch-hitting duty when he was able to fill in for a week for David Wright, who was mending a left shoulder injury.
“It got my timing down,” Campbell said. “It got those little mechanical things in my swing down. It helps to get 25 to 30 at-bats in a row. It was unfortunate that David was hurt, but of course it helped me out a little bit.”