Monday, May 12, 2014

Mets Recap: Mets win in 11 to end skid

Corey Sipkin | New York Daily News
For the better part of four hours, it seemed like the Mets were going to leave Citi Field with a six game losing streak.

Their offense was floundering.  The ability to drive home base runners wasn't present, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in a series that saw over three dozen runners left on base.

After falling into a 3-1 hole, former closer José Valverde surrendered one more run when he walked Jimmy Rollins, and gave up a triple to Chase Utley to bring Rollins home.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets caught a break as they did not have to face closer Jonathan Papelbon.  Instead, Antonio Bastardo gave up a double to Eric Young and a home run to deep right by Daniel Murphy.  After getting David Wright to strike out swinging, he gave up a double to Chris Young that ended his afternoon.

Friday's starter, Roberto Hernández, gave up a single to Bobby Abreu to set up runners on the corners with one out.  Juan Lagares was able to do something very few Mets have been able to do this series, bring home base runners with contact, as he was able to ground the ball to the shortstop, allowing Chris Young to plate the tying run.

After a scoreless 10th, the Mets were able to leave runners on 1st and 2nd after Reid Brignac grounded to Lucas Duda to end the top half of the 11th.  Then with the bases loaded, Ruben Tejada lines to left field [CSN Philadelphia feed] to bring Chris Young home to end the Mets 5 game losing streak.

Having pitched the top half of the 11th inning, Scott Rice was the pitcher on record for the win, his first of the season.  Jeff Manship was charged with the loss for Philadelphia.

WHEELING: After Chris Young singled to kick off the Mets 11th, Terry Collins sent Zack Wheeler to the plate.  Wheeler's involvement in the game as a pinch hitter became obvious immediately, he was up to square a bunt.  It worked, as Young was able to move to 2nd.

Had Zack Wheeler been able to get a hit, it would not be registered as a hit by a pitcher, thus continuing their 0-for streak at the plate for the 2014 season.

STREAKING: Speaking of that streak, that streak will be put on hold the next two nights as the Mets kick off the Subway Series with two in the Bronx.

Ruben Tejada's 2-for-4 game including the game-winner in the 11th inning breaks a six game hitless streak for the shortstop, and helps bring his average up to .195 for the season.

MURPHY MURPH: Daniel Murphy scored 5 runs during the weekend series, and has a hit in 21 of the Mets last 24 games.  He has multiple extra base hits in three of those games, including two doubles in yesterday's win over Philadelphia.

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