New York Mets: Daisuke Matsuzka
September, 8, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Frank Francisco is a winner!
Eric Young Jr. delivered a tiebreaking double that plated Matt den Dekker against Chris Perez in the ninth and the Mets avoided getting swept with a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon.
Francisco's season debut came with only 22 days remaining in the season. And it came in a high-pressure situation.
Francisco, who underwent seemingly harmless surgery last Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow, inherited two baserunners with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied.
He walked Yan Gomes to load the bases, but then coaxed an inning-ending double play from Asdrubal Cabrera to keep the game 1-all.
Super Joe: Ex-Met Joe Smith inherited the bases loaded and one out in the eighth with the score tied at 1 and escaped the jam.
Smith capped a 10-pitch at-bat by striking out Justin Turner. Smith then got Juan Lagares to ground out on a diving stop by first baseman Nick Swisher.
The Mets had started the inning with two in scoring position and none out.
Smith and Turner jawed after their matchup.
Dice-OK: Daisuke Matsuzaka had a 10.95 ERA through three starts with the Mets. He finally came up with a big performance Sunday.
Facing the team that declined to promote him to the majors this season as he pitched for Triple-A Columbus, Matsuzaka carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning.
The Indians then loaded the bases with two outs as Jason Kipnis singled, Carlos Santana walked and Jason Kubel sent a liner that struck Matsuzaka’s in the chest for infield single.
Terry Collins summoned Vic Black, who hit Cabrera in the right calf with his second pitch to force in the game-tying run. Jason Giambi then grounded out.
Matsuzaka’s final line in a no-decision: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. He threw 103 pitches and sliced his ERA to 8.00.
Turner classics: Turner produced his second homer of the series -- and season -- with a fourth-inning solo shot against rookie starter Danny Salazar to open the game’s scoring.
Two innings later, Turner had a painful moment. He was tagged hard in the jaw by Cabrera, Cleveland’s shortstop, on a caught stealing that ended the top of the sixth. Turner remained in the game.
End of the line: Lagares’ 12-game hitting streak came to an end. It was the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Jose Reyes had a 17-game streak in 2003.
What’s next: The Mets return to Citi Field for an 11-game homestand, beginning with the Washington Nationals. Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.