In one of their longest nine inning games in franchise history, the New York Mets (38-48) beat the Texas Rangers (37-49) by a score of 6-5 tonight at Citi Field.
From the start, the game looked like a nightmare in the making, as Jonathon Niese was knocked out of the game after less than an inning of work by a line drive after giving up a leadoff home run to Shin-Soo Choo. X-Rays came back negative on Niese, who reportedly only has a contusion.
Already down a run and with his starting pitcher already out of the game, Terry Collins brought in Carlos Torres to eat a few innings. Collins pushed him very deep, as Torres went 4.1 innings, throwing 81 pitches and allowing two runs on five hits. Torres also walked one and struck out four. Torres has now thrown 113 pitches in four days. That was just about as much as you could ask for in that situation from Torres.
The Mets countered Choo’s first inning home run in the bottom half, scoring three runs. Bobby Abreu got it started, driving Curtis Granderson in with a single to tie it up, followed by a Lucas Duda two-run homer.
The Rangers worked their way back to tie the game at four with a solo home run by Adrian Beltre in the fifth and a Chris Gimenez ground ball to third in the seventh that scored a run. Eric Campbell misplayed the ball, allowing the run to score, a crushing blow to a weak offensive team. However, the Mets were not dead yet.
The Mets rallied in the bottom of the eighth. Bobby Abreu walked to lead off the inning, followed later on by an Eric Campbell single. With two on and one out, Travis d’Arnaud drove in both runners with an RBI double that went all the way to the wall in right field. d’Arnaud has had a hit in eight of nine games since returning from Triple-A, bringing his batting average to .205.
It was Jenrry Mejia who was charged with closing out the game. After shutting the door in the top of the eighth, Mejia gave up a run thanks to a walk, a passed ball, and a run-scoring hit by Adam Rosales. Mejia would finish the job, however, forcing a popup to end the game.
Starting Pitcher Breakdown
(Because of Niese’s injury, we will look at Carlos Torres.)
Win Probability Breakdown
Top three plays:
- Travis d’Arnaud’s two-run double (+0.295)
- Lucas Duda’s two-run homer (+0.212)
- Eric Campbell’s RBI double (+0.117)
Up Next: The Mets continue their series with the Rangers tomorrow at 7:15 PM with Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA, 3.60 FIP, 3.70 xFIP) facing off against right-hander Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 4.47 xFIP).
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