New York Mets: Billy Butler
August, 3, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- David Aardsma, who blew Friday's save chance in the ninth inning while filling in for injured Bobby Parnell in the closer's role, served up the decisive blast a day later when summoned in extra innings.
Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell homered to lead off the 12th and the Kansas City Royals beat the Mets, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.
The Mets have played 48 extra innings, passing Arizona (46) for the most in the majors this season. The major league record for a season is 82, by the 1918 Washington Senators, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hail Satin: Josh Satin filled in fine for David Wright in the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Day 1 of the captain's absence with a right hamstring strain. Satin delivered a game-tying two-run single in the eighth against Royals reliever Aaron Crow, after Juan Lagares had stolen second base to join Andrew Brown in scoring position.
Satin entered the day hitless in his past 10 at-bats, after torrid production while playing regularly during Ike Davis' minor league stint.
The Mets had taken a 1-0 second-inning lead on Daniel Murphy's homer against ex-Met Bruce Chen.
The Royals answered with three runs the following half-inning against Jeremy Hefner.
George Kottaras opened the third with a homer. Chen, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer then consecutively singled to load the bases with none out.
After Billy Butler struck out, Alex Gordon flirted with a grand slam, but the ball came up short of the right-field wall for a sacrifice fly. Miguel Tejada's two-out RBI single gave the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Hefner's line in a 110-pitch no-decision: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Chen retired the final nine Mets he faced and departed with the two-run lead intact for the seventh.
Everyday Pedro: Pedro Feliciano, active for two days, already has two appearances. With three straight lefty hitters due up, Feliciano entered for the eighth and consecutively retired Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Gordon.
Welcome back: Mike Baxter received his first major league plate appearance since June 9 when he led off the bottom of the 10th as a pinch hitter. He flied out to right field.
What's next: Zack Wheeler, originally scheduled for Tuesday's start, now will pitch on standard rest in Sunday's series finale. Wheeler (4-1, 3.55 ERA) opposes right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) at 1:10 p.m.
August, 1, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Wade Davis, Bruce Chen and Ervin Santana this weekend at Citi Field.
Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 4.13) vs. RHP Wade Davis (5-9, 5.50), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Carlos Torres (1-2, 3.03) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09), 1:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03), 1:10 p.m. ET
Royals short hops
• Kansas City has won nine straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. It is the franchise’s longest winning streak in a decade, since opening the 2003 season 9-0. The Royals nonetheless have not gained much ground in the AL Central because Detroit and Cleveland also are on big winning streaks.
• The Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline for Class A right-hander Kyle Smith. Maxwell, 29, was hitting .241 with two homers overall with Houston. He had a .302 average against left-handed pitchers.
Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY SportsJustin Maxwell made his Royals debut Thursday.
• Maxwell took the roster spot of second baseman Chris Getz, who landed on the disabled list with a knee injury. Miguel Tejada started his fourth straight game at the position Thursday. Elliot Johnson also is an option at second base with Getz sidelined.
• Left-hander Bruce Chen started for the Mets in the first baseball game back in New York after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in the game Mike Piazza belted the two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win against the Atlanta Braves. Chen limited Atlanta to one run in seven innings that day.
Now 36 years old, Chen has allowed only three runs in 18 innings and opponents have a .115 batting average over three starts since he entered the rotation. Chen had been working out of the bullpen before replacing ineffective Luis Mendoza earlier this month. Mendoza (2-5, 5.21 ERA) has moved to long relief.
• The Royals’ strong play leading into the trade deadline prompted the organization to hold onto free-agent-to-be Ervin Santana at the trade deadline.
• Alex Gordon, who moved from third base to left field three years ago, was a first-time All-Star this season. His 45 RBIs lead major league leadoff men. Gordon has won two Gold Glove awards since the position change.
He was one of three Royals All-Stars. Closer Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez also represented K.C.
• Holland has converted 21 straight save chances, the third-longest streak in franchise history. Joakim Soria saved 36 straight in 2010. Jeff Montgomery saved 24 straight in 1993.
• 2012 All-Star Billy Butler is the first Royal to have at least a share of the team’s RBI lead for four straight seasons. However, the righty-hitting DH is likely to find himself on the bench this weekend in the NL ballpark. Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that lefty-hitting Eric Hosmer should start all three weekend games at first base over Butler, since the Mets are throwing three right-handed pitchers.
Hosmer has a team-best 36 multi-hit games and is hitting .296 (16-for-54) since the All-Star break.
• Lorenzo Cain returned to center field Thursday after missing three games with a groin injury.
• Jeff Francoeur was released by the Royals last month and eventually signed with the San Francisco Giants.
• Wade Davis is coming off 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox. He was acquired from Tampa Bay last Dec. 9 with James Shields.
• George Brett resigned as co-hitting coach last week and returned to his front-office role as vice president of baseball operations. Brett had assumed the uniformed role alongside hitting coach Pedro Grifol when the Royals were 21-29.
• Kansas City last visited Queens in 2002.