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Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

September, 3, 2014
Sep 3
MIAMI -- The Mets have clinched the season series against the Miami Marlins.

Travis d'Arnaud delivered a tiebreaking RBI double against Bryan Morris in what became a two-run eighth and the Mets held on to beat the Marlins 4-3 in Wednesday’s rubber game.

The Mets are 10-6 against Miami this season. A three-game series remains in New York from Sept. 15-17.

What? Carlos Torres batted with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth and the Mets leading 4-2. He struck out. Terry Collins did not have Jeurys Familia available and undoubtedly felt he needed to have Torres –-- who finished the seventh -- work the bottom of the eighth as well.

Torres then surrendered a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom half as Miami pulled within a run.

The alternative was to pinch hit for Torres and use Dana Eveland or Erik Goeddel in the eighth.

Debutant: With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh, Collins inserted left-hander Dario Alvarez with a runner on third base and two outs in his major league debut. Alvarez surrendered a game-tying RBI single to lefty-hitting Christian Yelich as the Marlins pulled even and handed Jacob deGrom a no-decision.

Lefty batters hit .181 against Alvarez this season in the minors, although that primarily came at low-A Savannah.

deLightful: DeGrom made it through six innings before his pitch count reached 114. The rookie right-hander surrendered only one run.

DeGrom allowed a pair of baserunners in each of the first three innings and nearly escaped completely unscathed.

With Yelich on second and Donovan Solano on first and none out in the third, deGrom coaxed a 6-4-3 double play from Stanton as Yelich advanced to third base. Casey McGehee then hit a chopper back toward the mound. The ball glanced off the glove of the leaping deGrom and ricocheted toward second baseman Dilson Herrera. He barehanded it and threw to first base, but Lucas Duda was unable to scoop the baseball. The infield hit plated Yelich.

DeGrom sliced his ERA to 2.87.

Kirk! Kirk Nieuwenhuis, inserted in the lineup over Curtis Granderson for the second time in four games, produced a two-run homer in the fourth against Tom Koehler that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Nieuwenhuis also walked three times (once intentionally).

The Mets improved to 14-2 in Nieuwenhuis’ starts this season.

Golden sombrero: A day after going 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits and three RBIs and feeling “dangerous” at the plate, David Wright went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

Welcome back: Josh Satin pinch hit for deGrom in the seventh. In his first major league at-bat since May 9, Satin flied out to right field.

What’s next: The Mets take a day off on the road Thursday, then resume play with a weekend series in Cincinnati. Untraded Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.01 ERA) opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon (13-9, 3.28) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. opener.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Marlins 4

July, 12, 2014
Jul 12
NEW YORK -- The undercard to the Huey Lewis and the News concert did not disappoint.

Eric Campbell produced a two-out, pinch-hit single in the eighth against Mike Dunn that plated Travis d'Arnaud and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 5-4, on Saturday at Citi Field.

The Mets (44-50) twice overcame two-run deficits en route to their seventh win in nine games on the homestand. They climbed to six games under .500 for the first time since June 25.

In a pinch: Chris Young delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh on the first pitch of reliever Bryan Morris' appearance as the Mets evened the score at 4. Morris had just inherited a two-run lead and a baserunner from starter Tom Koehler.

It was Young’s second career pinch-hit homer. The other came June 27, 2012 with Arizona at Atlanta against Jonny Venters.

The Mets’ last pinch-hit homer this season was produced by Lucas Duda on June 25 against Oakland.

All-Star leap: Daniel Murphy preserved a 4-all score in the eighth. The second baseman leaped and snared Adeiny Hechavarria's two-out liner against Vic Black to strand the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.

Pen-ultimately: Assuming Jonathon Niese successfully returns from the disabled list for the series opener in Seattle on July 21, which is the plan, this likely was Daisuke Matsuzaka's final start for a while.

In a 120-pitch effort, Matsuzaka had a better outing than his final line indicated (6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). He had a career-high-matching 10 strikeouts -- a total he last had achieved three times in 2007 with Boston, back in his inaugural major league season.

Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna produced consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth against Matsuzaka as Miami took a 4-2 lead. Ozuna’s double was a line drive misread by Curtis Granderson, which resulted in it traveling over the right fielder’s head.

Déjà vu: The Mets pulled off their second suicide squeeze of the season … and second against the Marlins in three weeks. Ruben Tejada delivered a one-out bunt that plated hard-charging Kirk Nieuwenhuis and evened the score at 2 in the fifth.

The Mets also had successfully pulled off a suicide squeeze on June 22 at Miami, with Niese’s bunt plating Nieuwenhuis to open the scoring in the second inning of an eventual 11-5 win.

T.K. Oh! Koehler, a Stony Brook University product, held the Mets hitless until d’Arnaud’s leadoff single in the fifth. He ultimately allowed two runs that inning. He received a hard-luck no-decision despite limiting the Mets to two hits and departing with a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

Christian Yelich, who had raced to the wall to corral David Wright's fly ball in the fourth, had a misadventure on Nieuwenhuis’ fifth-inning fly ball to left field that carried well. Yelich drifted back, but the ball eluded him on the warning track.

After the catchable ball dropped for a double, the Mets had two in scoring position and none out. Juan Lagares followed with a run-scoring groundout. Tejada’s suicide squeeze then evened the score at 2.

Koehler departed after a one-out walk to Tejada in the seventh and Morris gave up the two-run lead.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) opposes left-hander Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09) at 1:10 p.m. Sunday in the final game before the All-Star break. Murphy is due for a day off, with Campbell playing second base.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18

Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

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.

• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• 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.

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 11, Mets 2

May, 11, 2013
WHAT IT MEANS: Not to fear -- Matt Harvey Day is next.

Jonathon Niese was charged with a career-high-matching eight runs while lasting only 4 1/3 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates drubbed the Mets, 11-2, Saturday afternoon on Banner Day at Citi Field. There was a 47-minute rain delay in the middle of the ninth inning, after which Andrew Brown delivered a solo homer.

athy Kmonicek/Associated Press
Jon Niese allowed a career-high-matching eight runs, including two homers.

The Mets (14-19) -- who matched their low-water mark at five games under .500 -- did not post much at the plate anyway. They mustered only a sixth-inning run, on Marlon Byrd’s infield single against Francisco Liriano. The southpaw tossed 5 1/3 innings in his Pirates debut.

Niese, who recently had been dealing with a back issue, surrendered homers to Jose Tabata (4-for-5) and Jordy Mercer. Niese’s final pitch, a fastball that registered only 85 mph, resulted in a run-scoring double by Tabata that made it 6-0. Niese’s velocity has, on average, been 1 mph slower this season.

Terry Collins wanted to stay away from overused Scott Atchison, but was forced to insert him after Niese’s short outing. Atchison, inheriting a pair of runners in scoring position, allowed both to score on Michael McKenry’s single. Atchison also was charged with a run of his own as Pittsburgh’s lead swelled to 9-0.

How agonizing has it been in non-Harvey starts?

Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA and has averaged seven innings per outing. The remainder of the Mets’ starters have produced a 4-13 record and 5.59 ERA and have averaged five innings a start.

WALK THE PLANK: Jordany Valdespin, who admired his pinch-hit homer a wee bit too much in a lopsided game Friday, was sent up as a pinch hitter by Collins this time in the seventh inning with the Mets trailing, 10-1. Predictably, Valdespin was plunked in the right arm by the second pitch from Bryan Morris. Valdespin "threw a fit" in the dugout afterward, Kevin Burkhardt tweeted.

WHAT’S NEXT: After the Wiggles perform pregame, with Lachy, Simon and Emma making their New York City debuts, Harvey opposes Pirates right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.38 ERA) as the Mets look to salvage a split of the four-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m.. Various Mets will use pink bats and batting gloves in the Mother’s Day game.

Around the minors 5.19.12

May, 20, 2012
BUFFALO 11, INDIANAPOLIS 6: Vinny Rottino blasted three homers and Valentino Pascucci, Jordany Valdespin and Matt Tuiasosopo also went deep. The long-ball barrage gives Buffalo an International League-leading 47 homers, passing Pawtucket (42). The six homers are the most in a game by the Bisons since July 2, 2004. In the third, Rottino and Pascucci crushed back-to-back homers off Indians starter Justin Wilson to push the lead to 4-1. Pascucci's homer was his third in the past two games and 49th in his Bisons career, tying him with ex-Bison Jason Cooper for seventh all time on the Buffalo modern-era home run list. With the score tied at 4 in the sixth, Valdespin -- who began the day in the Mets clubhouse in Toronto -- clobbered a solo homer. Later in the inning, Corey Wimberly and Brad Emaus had consecutive singles, but Emaus would get picked off at first by Indians pitcher Bryan Morris. With Wimberly at second, Rottino produced a two-run blast for a 7-4 lead. Rottino homered again in the eighth with Wimberly on base. More power would follow Rottino's blast. Lucas May singled and Tuiasosopo delivered a two-run homer to increase the Bisons' lead to 11-4. Justin Hampson and Josh Edgin combined to log 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeurys Familia. Familia was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He required 87 pitches despite the modest length. Jack Egbert is scheduled to start in Sunday afternoon's game in place of the promoted Jeremy Hefner. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5 (10 innings): Pedro Zapata hammered a two-out solo homer over the Maine Monster in the 10th. Zapata’s blast, his first this season, capped a game that saw 10 total runs scored over the final three innings. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, the B-Mets put up five runs against two Portland relievers to take their first lead of the series. Binghamton sent 10 men to the plate and compiled six hits, highlighted by a two-run homer by Raul Reyes. Portland wasted little time to cut into the deficit. Darin Gorski, in his fifth inning piggybacking Jenrry Mejia's start, allowed back-to-back homers the following half-inning, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one. Reynaldo Rodriguez ripped a two-run shot over the Maine Monster and Bryce Brentz followed with a solo homer. Brad Holt ended the threat by recording two outs, but could not half the Portland comeback in the ninth. Derrik Gibson started the inning with a single and scored two batters later on a sac fly from Jeremy Hazelbaker. After allowing five hits in his first two innings of relief, Will Latimer returned for the 10th and recorded two quick outs before Zapata launched a 1-2 offering over the fence in left field. Adrian Rosario, promoted from St. Lucie on Friday, tossed a perfect 10th inning to collect his first Eastern League save. Mejia navigated the opening three innings in his first start with the B-Mets since August 2010. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in every frame and surrendered six hits overall. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Gorski went 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision, allowing three runs on three hits. Holt (2-0) collected the win after blowing his first save. It was Binghamton’s first win in 18 games this year when trailing after seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 3: Pedro Beato and Kyle Allen combined for four no-hit, scoreless relief innings. Blake Forsythe produced two RBIs off the bench after replacing Rafael Fernandez in left field. It was Forsythe's first professional appearance in the outfield. Francisco Pena also drove in two runs. Alonzo Harris Jr. is 5-for-10 in two games since taking over the leadoff spot. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit as Brian Harrison reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. In his last 11 games, Harrison is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBIs. Savannah starter Michael Fulmer walked the game's opening batter, who then scored on Fulmer’s own throwing error. After a pair of singles, cleanup hitter Mark Minicozzi’s three-run homer gave the 'Jackets a 4-0 lead before Fulmer had recorded an out. The 29-year-old Minicozzi is 10 years older than the 19-year-old Fulmer. The Gnats (25-16) answered with three runs in the bottom half. After two walks, Aderlin Rodriguez brought home the first run with a double. Harrison followed with a two-run single. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Savannah took a 5-4 lead in the fourth against Kyle Crick. With runners at second and third and two out, Luis Nieves tripled over the head of right fielder Michael Mergenthaler. The Gnats scored in the seventh on Harrison’s two-run double. Fulmer lasted two innings, his shortest outing in seven starts as a Gnat. However, relievers Carlos Vazquez, Chasen Bradford and T.J. Chism combined for seven scoreless, one-hit innings. Vazquez earned the win with four innings of relief work. Box

Compiled from team reports



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187