New York Mets: Arismendy Alcantara

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Cubs 3

August, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Now that the undercard is over, it's on to the Boyz II Men postgame concert!

Vic Black bailed the Mets out of a precarious predicament in the seventh, and the Amazin’s held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Saturday at Citi Field.

Jonathon Niese had cruised into the seventh with a six-run lead, having only allowed a Welington Castillo solo homer, when things quickly cratered.

Justin Ruggiano led off with a homer, and the next four batters singled. By the time Niese departed, the Cubs had pulled within four runs, and the bases remained loaded, still with none out.

Black rescued the Mets.

He coaxed a fly out to left field from Chris Coghlan, and the runners decided to hold. Black then got Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo to pop out in the infield to preserve the 7-3 lead.

Black has now stranded 19 straight inherited baserunners.

Oh captain: Eric Campbell replaced David Wright at third base for the seventh inning, a half-inning after the captain was drilled by a pitch from Cubs starter Dan Straily in the left shoulder blade. The Mets labeled the injury shoulder soreness.

Early lead: After Wilmer Flores drove in two runs with a single to stake the Mets to a 3-0 lead in the second, Straily retired 12 straight batters in his Cubs debut. Things then unraveled for the former Oakland Athletics right-hander in what became a four-run sixth, despite the Mets' producing only one hit in the frame.

With one out, Straily drilled Wright, walked Lucas Duda, surrendered a single to Travis d'Arnaud and walked Matt den Dekker to force in a run and give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria pulled Straily at that point.

Kyuji Fujikawa inherited loaded bases and immediately experienced a letdown behind him. Center fielder Arismendy Alcantara had Juan Lagares' line drive glance off his glove for a sacrifice fly and E-8, as two runs scored. After an intentional walk to Flores with first base open, Niese followed with a run-scoring groundout, and the Mets grabbed a 7-1 lead.

Buddy! Buddy Carlyle tossed a scoreless ninth to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 11 1/3 innings.

What’s next: Rafael Montero makes his second and potentially final start as a sub for Jacob deGrom at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Montero (0-3, 6.12 ERA) opposes right-hander Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77).

DeGrom is due to throw off a mound Sunday and, if all goes according to plan, should return Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Montero allowed homers to Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond and was charged with five runs in five innings Tuesday against the Washington Nationals in the rookie’s return to the majors. He also made four major league starts in May.

Around the minors 6.26.12

June, 27, 2012
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LOUISVILLE 5, BUFFALO 3: Jenrry Mejia and Fernando Cabrera allowed two runs apiece as the Bisons failed to protect a 3-1 lead entering the eighth and lost their seventh straight. Mejia, who was charged with two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning, now has a 14.40 ERA in six relief appearances with the Bisons. He pitched to three batters in the eighth, in his second inning of work, and retired none before Cabrera entered. Cabrera suffered his first blown save in 16 chances this season. With the score tied entering the ninth, Louisville loaded the bases with one out. Cabrera then walked Daniel Dorn to score Felix Perez. Bill Rhinehart added a sacrifice fly. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia rebounded from a rough outing at Norfolk, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. With Buffalo trailing 1-0, Matt den Dekker homered to even the score. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Raul Reyes scored on a passed ball to give the Bisons the lead. The Bisons placed Josh Satin and Fred Lewis in scoring position in the seventh and Matt Tuiasosopo doubled. Satin scored for a 3-1 lead, but Lewis was thrown out at the plate. Den Dekker's third homer for the Bisons was his ninth extra-base hit in 13 hits since being promoted. Box

BOWIE 10, BINGHAMTON 1: Starter Cory Mazzoni (0-1) struggled in his home B-Mets debut, allowing seven runs (six hits) on a career-high 10 hits over six innings. Adrian Rosario fared no better, surrendering three runs on four hits while walking two in one inning. Brad Holt did post two scoreless innings. The Baysox took the lead on a three-run homer from Manny Machado in the first inning. In the sixth, they scored three runs on five hits, highlighted by a solo homer by Robbie Widlansky and RBI double by Buck Britton. Making his first start for the Baysox in 2012, left-hander Rick Zagone cruised through six innings, facing two over the minimum. The B-Mets' lone offensive highlight was provided by Eric Campbell in the seventh with his fifth homer this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DAYTONA 3 (12 innings): Alonzo Harris Jr. had four hits and singled to score Travis Taijeron in the bottom of the 12th. Taijeron was drilled by a pitch with one out. Robbie Shields singled to place runners at first and second with two outs. Harris, who finished 4-for-7 with two RBIs and a run scored, then line a hit to center. The Mets had a 2-0 lead entering the eighth, but the Cubs pushed across a pair of runs to tie the score, then jumped ahead on an RBI triple by Arismendy Alcantara in the ninth. The Mets rallied in the bottom half send it into extra innings. Harris ripped a leadoff double. Rylan Sandoval followed with a game-tying RBI single. Shields went 4-for-5 with an RBI and walk while Sandoval finished 3-for-6 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe and Taijeron each had two hits. Tyler Pill tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out six in his fourth Florida State League start. He allowed five hits and walked one. Jack Leathersich allowed three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. John Church contributed two scoreless innings. Hamilton Bennett notched his seventh victory in relief. He tossed a scoreless 12th. Box

CHARLESTON 7, SAVANNAH 6 (10 innings): Chasen Bradford surrendered a single to Francisco Arcia in the bottom of the 10th that scored Cito Culver with the winning run. Culver had reached on an error by second baseman Brandon Brown. Savannah squandered a 6-2 lead when Jared West was charged with four seventh-inning runs. Gilbert Gomez, Cam Maron and Brian Harrison had three hits apiece in the loss. Box

DANVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 3: Left-hander Steven Matz, the organization's top pick in 2009, limited Danville to two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in five innings but suffered his first professional loss. Gavin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI and Tomas Nido also had two hits in the loss. Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in three relief innings. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 4, BROOKLYN 2: Luis Cessa's strong start was undermined by three unearned runs in the seventh as a 2-1 lead slipped away. In the second inning, Brooklyn's Kevin Plawecki walked, Stefan Sabol singled and Jeff Glenn walked to load the bases with none out. Cole Frenzel then singled to score Plawecki. After Dimas Ponce struck out, Eudy Pina singled to plate Sabol and make it 2-0. After Cessa surrendered a run to Hudson Valley in the third, the right-hander kept the Renegades off the scoreboard the remainder of his outing. Dawrin Frias then pitched a scoreless sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh. After a one-out single by Justin O’Conner, Frias walked Leonardo Reginatto. Thomas Coyle then hit a shot in the direction of the sure-handed first baseman Frenzel. But when the former Arizona Wildcat tried to turn two, his throw to second eluded Phillip Evans and went sailing into left field, allowing the tying run to score. A wild pitch to Deshun Dixon allowed Reginatto to cross the plate. Coyle's sacrifice fly pushed across another run. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187