New York Mets: Anthony DeSclafani
June, 22, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
MIAMI -- The bats came alive for the Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a pair of early doubles in his first start since returning from Triple-A and Daniel Murphy slugged a three-run homer that chased Anthony DeSclafani in the fourth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 11-5.
The Mets (35-41) won three of four in the series.
Seven Mets produced at least two hits. The last time the Amazin's had seven players with multi-hit games: Aug. 19, 2013 at Minnesota, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jonathon Niese (4-4) earned his first win in exactly a month.
Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsDaniel Murphy rounds the bases after his three-run homer staked the Mets to a 7-0 lead in the fourth.
Niese’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He threw 87 pitches.
Niese had been 0-1 in his past five starts despite producing a 2.61 ERA during that span. He has now limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 19 straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors.
The 11 runs produced by the Mets matched the second most this season. The Mets posted 12 at Yankee Stadium on May 13.
The Mets’ 17 hits matched their season high, also done May 3 at Colorado.
The 24-year-old rookie DeSclafani, a native of Howell, N.J., surrendered seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Wright stuff: David Wright’s third-inning sacrifice fly gave him an RBI for the sixth straight game. That streak is one shy of Wright’s career high for RBIs in consecutive games. He drove in a run in seven straight games in June 2010.
Wright’s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Kirk beams shots: Nieuwenhuis, who had not started a major league game since April 23, nearly homered in each of his first two at-bats. In the second inning, he doubled off the top of the left-center wall by the home-run sculpture at Marlins Park and scored on Niese’s squeeze bunt. Nieuwenhuis then produced a run-scoring double off the top of the right-center wall in the third.
Nieuwenhuis actually had doubles in four straight major league at-bats -- all against Miami.
He doubled as a pinch hitter on Friday to lead off the ninth, setting up the play in which he ultimately was thrown out by Ozuna at the plate for the game’s final out. He also doubled in his final at-bat of his last tour of duty with the Mets, on April 25. That double immediately preceded Granderson’s walk-off single as the Mets rallied for a 4-3 win and snapped Steve Cishek’s consecutive saves streak at 33.
What’s next: The Mets take a day off Monday, then have a two-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics. The A’s, who originally listed Sonny Gray as Tuesday’s starter, will push him back to Saturday to provide extra rest. Ex-Mets left-hander Scott Kazmir now lines up against former A’s right-hander Bartolo Colon in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Zack Wheeler now opposes Brad Mills on Wednesday.
June, 18, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET
Marlins short hops
• Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”
Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.
• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.
The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.
• Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.
• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.
• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.
• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.
• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.