Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mets Recap: Mets take three of four from Cards.

The Mets take three of four against the St. Louis Cardinals as they win the series finale 4-1.

It started as a pitching duel, as Bartolo Colon and Lance Lynn retired the first 6 batters each pitcher faced.  The Mets picked up their first hit of the game in the bottom of the 3rd as Ruben Tejada became the first base runner.  The Cardinals would get their first base runner in the 4th inning as Jon Jay singled to left field.

The Cardinals would get on the board first when Tony Cruz brought home Kolten Wong with his double to center field.  Colon would create a tougher situation for himself when a fielding error put Lance Lynn on first and Cruz on 3rd, but got out of trouble when he got Matt Carpenter to swing for strike three to retire the side in the top of the 5th inning.

Colon would finish with 8 strikeouts, giving up one lone run on four hits in his 7 innings pitched, to pick up his second win of the season.  Dice-K would earn the save for the Mets, his first.

Lance Lynn was rolling for the Cardinals until the bottom 5th, when Chris Young led off with a long bomb to left field to tie the game.  Bobby Abreu would double, but would be grounded after two of the three batters struck out, and Colon grounded out to end the inning.

Lynn would cause further trouble for himself in the 6th inning when a throwing error put Eric Young on board, then was able to advance to 2nd after the error.  That allowed Daniel Murphy to bring him home for the go-ahead run.  The Mets would score two more in the 7th inning.

Carlos Torres was brought on to pitch the 8th, and was able to get two outs.  But after a walk to Matt Holliday that put runners on 1st and 2nd, he was replaced by Scott Rice, who got Matt Adams to hit back to him for the third out.

The Mets, two games above .500 for the first time since last April, now prepare for a three game series against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

GRAND CENTRAL: Hitless the last 6 straight games, Curtis Granderson ended that streak with a line drive in the 2nd inning in Wednesday's game.  Hitting for Bartolo Colon, Granderson got the benefit of a misfielded play that went through for a base hit, bringing home a run to extend the Mets lead to 3-1.  He would get caught between 1st and 2nd and would be retired on a rundown after Anthony Recker scored.

DICE-SAVE: In Daisuke Matsuzaka's 4th appearance for the Mets, Terry Collins opted to put him in the 9th inning to earn the save. It is the first time in Dice-K's eight-year career that he was given a save opportunity, having started all but one game leading up to this year.  He was able to retire all three batters he faced for the save.

WHEELS UP: Next up, a three game series against the Miami Marlins, who started hot but cooled off thanks to an eight game losing streak in the middle of the month.  The Marlins, despite losing two of three against the Atlanta Braves, have the benefit of an extra day of rest.  They will send Henderson Alvarez onto the mound, who last pitched a 7-0 shutout against the Seattle Mariners for his first win of the season.

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