Maxwell Crushes An Aardsma Fastball As Royals Beat The Mets 4-3

An article by posted on August 3, 2013

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For the second time in two games since being named the closer while Bobby Parnell heals up, David Aardsma failed to get the job done as the Royals beat the Mets 4-3 at Citi Field this afternoon.

Jeremy Hefner started the game and showed some improvement after back-to-back poor starts and delivered a quality start in a 110-pitch effort. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits, walked none and struck out six in 6.0 innings pitched.

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The Mets bullpen was actually brilliant today until Aardsma came in to pitch in the top of the 12th inning and was nailed for a home run by pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell to break the 3-3 tie. Maxwell crushed it and the ball left the park in a hurry.

Gonzalez Germen, Pedro Feliciano and Scott Rice each threw perfect innings while Scott Atchison was most impressive of all as he retired six batters in a row.

Going into this game, the Mets bullpen has allowed one earned run over its last 15.0 innings (0.60 ERA) over its last five games with nine strikeouts.  Since July 1, the pen has a 2.15 ERA (24 earned runs/100.2 innings).

Offensively, the lineup looked barren without David Wright in the customary three-spot, making Bruce Chen look like Justin Verlander on the mound. And I’m sorry SNY, but I’m not tipping my cap to Chen no matter how many times you tell me to.

Josh Satin had two hits while batting third and drove in two of the Mets’ three runs with a big game-tying single in the eighth. Daniel Murphy batted fifth and also had two hits including a solo homer to give the Mets the early 1-0 lead. Murph also stole his 13th base of the season. Mike Baxter got his first at-bat since his return from Triple-A and flied out in a pinch-hit appearance.

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The Mets had some nice defensive plays in the game including a spectacular diving catch by Eric Young Jr.

The Mets will wrap-up the series tomorrow with Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.55 ERA) opposing right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) in the rubber match at 1:10 PM.

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