New York Mets: Will Harris
August, 11, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
PHOENIX -- Jonathon Niese struggled in his first major league start in more than seven weeks but nonetheless contributed six innings and earned the victory Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Brown's three-run homer in the seventh against right-hander Will Harris opened a four-run lead en route to an 9-5 rubber-game win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Norm Hall/Getty ImagesArizona's Cody Ross suffered a dislocated right hip running to first base in the first inning.
Wilmer Flores produced a ninth-inning solo homer against Heath Bell -- the rookie's first big league long ball. It extended Flores' streak of games with an RBI to five. Flores now has nine RBIs in his first six major league games.
Staked to a 5-1 lead, Niese served up a three-run homer to Aaron Hill in the third that pulled Arizona within a run. But Niese, who had been on the disabled list with a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder since a June 20 start, completed his outing with three straight scoreless innings.
He created his own jam in the sixth when he fielded Tuffy Gosewisch's comebacker and then bounced a throw to second base attempting to initiate a double play. But Niese rallied to strand two baserunners and preserve a 5-4 lead by consecutively striking out Cliff Pennington and pinch hitter Jason Kubel.
Niese's line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He threw 83 pitches (56 strikes).
Walk in the park: Ike Davis, now batting .205, reached base eight straight plate appearances over two games before a ninth-inning strikeout. Davis had three walks and a single Sunday.
Bad run: The Mets had four runners thrown out on the bases in the series. In the series finale, Mike Baxter was retired at the plate trying to score from first base on Omar Quintanilla's third-inning single. Marlon Byrd (attempting an inside-the-park homer) and Juan Lagares (attempting a triple) were thrown out Friday. Flores was retired going first to third Saturday.
Olé: The Mets scored four unearned runs in the first inning. Rookie Zeke Spruill was poised to escape a bases-loaded, two-out jam unscathed. But first baseman Paul Goldschmidt missed Baxter's would-be inning-ending grounder and three runs scored. Anthony Recker followed with a run-scoring double past third baseman Martin Prado.
Ouch: Arizona's Cody Ross dislocated his right hip running to first base on a first-inning groundout.
What's next: The Mets open a three-game series in Los Angeles against the red-hot Dodgers. Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.65) in Monday's 10:10 p.m. ET series opener. The Mets will avoid facing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in the series.
August, 23, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, but Jordany Valdespin's subsequent misplay in center field proved costly as the Mets lost to Colorado, 1-0, Thursday afternoon.
The Rockies completed a four-game sweep at Citi Field for the second straight season and dropped the Mets 11 games under .500 for the first time since the 2009 season.
The Mets (57-68) tumbled into fourth place for the first time since June 6 -- a half-game behind Philadelphia, which plays tonight against Cincinnati. They are only a half-game ahead of NL East cellar-dweller Miami, which is idle today.
In a scoreless game in the eighth, Tyler Colvin sent a routine line drive to center field off Bobby Parnell. An inexperienced outfielder, Valdespin initially broke in on the ball, and it landed over his head, officially for a triple. Chris Nelson followed with an RBI single.
Valdespin was making his fifth career major league start in center field. He has appeared in 23 professional games at the position, all this year, between the majors and Triple-A Buffalo.
McHugh, an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College near Rome, Ga., limited the Rockies to two hits and a walk -- which was semi-intentional to Carlos Gonzalez -- while striking out nine in a 100-pitch effort.
McHugh surrendered a game-opening opposite-field double to Charlie Blackmon, but stranded him at third base by striking out Jordan Pacheco looking at a 91 mph fastball and Gonzalez swinging at a 92 mph fastball to end the top of the first.
The nine strikeouts were the second most in franchise history in a major league debut, trailing only Matt Harvey's 11 in Arizona on July 26.
McHugh became only the third pitcher in franchise history to toss seven-plus scoreless innings in his major league debut. The others: Dick Rusteck (nine scoreless vs. Cincinnati in 1966) and Masato Yoshii (seven scoreless vs. Pittsburgh in 1998).
BLANK SLATE: Tyler Chatwood, Brooklyn-native Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers, Will Harris and Matt Belisle combined to blank the Mets. The Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.
WHAT'S NEXT: The lowly Astros visit Citi Field this weekend. Jon Niese (10-6, 3.82 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-10, 5.70) in Friday's series opener, on Merengue Night at Citi Field.