Thursday, July 4, 2013
Mets, D-Backs repeat history on the 4th
By ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
David Aardsma was pulled after walking in a run in the 13th, setting a crazy finish in motion.
The Diamondbacks beat the Mets 5-4 in 15 innings Thursday afternoon in a game that featured more runs in extra innings than the first nine.
It was a wild way to celebrate Independence Day, but it’s not the first time the Mets were involved in fireworks on the 4th of July.
History Repeats Itself
The Mets hit two game-tying home runs in extra innings Thursday, a solo shot by Anthony Recker in the 13th inning and a solo shot by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the 14th.
The last time a team hit a pair of game-tying home runs in the 13th inning or later was 28 years ago to the day, when the Mets beat the Braves 16-13 in 19 innings.
In that game, however, it was the Braves who twice tied the game with a 13th inning home run by Terry Harper and an 18th inning home run by pitcher Rick Camp.
Adding to the similarities, both Camp and Nieuwenhuis made the final outs of the game an inning after tying the game up.
Nieuwenhuis’ game-tying home run in the 14th Thursday matched the latest into a game that the Mets have hit a game-tying home run. Ken Singleton in 1971 and Todd Hundley in 1991 previously had hit game-tying 14th inning home runs for the Mets.
Pennington and D-Backs Love Extras
Cliff Pennington was able to put the Diamondbacks up for good Thursday in the 15th inning with an RBI single, his first RBI since June 15th.
Pennington now has a league-leading eight hits in extra innings this season (8-for-11). It was also the second time this season Pennington recorded a game-winning RBI in extras, something he failed to do his first five seasons in the major leagues.
The Diamondbacks improved to 10-3 in extra-inning games this season, the most such wins in the majors.
Game of Firsts for Roe
Diamondbacks rookie Chaz Roe pitched only one of the 15 innings, but picked up two career firsts in the process. After recording his first major league blown save in the 14th inning, Pennington’s single would ultimately give Roe his first major league win.