The New York Mets (60-68) defeated the Oakland Athletics (74-52) this afternoon at O.co Coliseum by a score of 8-5, splitting the series. Zack Wheeler got the nod for New York and was opposed by Jeff Samardzija.
What you should know:
After Jeff Samardzija set down the first six batters to greet him, he surrendered a solo home run to Eric Campbell to lead off the third inning.
Samardzija would then load the bases with two outs, and throw a wild pitch, allowing Curtis Granderson to score. Lucas Duda then promptly made him pay as he blasted a three-run shot, his 23rd of the season, to dead center making it 5-0 New York.
Oakland got right back into the game in the bottom half of the third. Zack Wheeler walked Eric Sogard with two outs, and it cost him, as Oakland hit back-to-back RBI doubles, making it 5-2.
The Mets tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth with a pair of RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy, which effectively ended Jeff Samardzija’s afternoon. Samardzija went 3.2 innings, and allowed seven runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out three.
Zack Wheeler got into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the fourth, but looked like he was going to get out of it unscathed. However, Daniel Murphy botched a routine ground ball that would have ended the inning, allowing two Oakland runs to score.
Wilmer Flores singled home Lucas Duda in the top of the fifth to make it 8-4 Mets.
Zack Wheeler pitched 5.2 innings this afternoon, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, while striking out three and walking three.
After Black loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, Jeurys Familia came in and walked in a run. However, he would set down the next two batters to end the inning.
Familia stayed on for the ninth inning and shut the door, earning his fourth save of the year.
Zack Wheeler earns the win, and is now 6-0 in his last ten starts.
Player of the Game:
Today’s Player of the Game goes to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who hit a three-run home run and went 2-4 with a walk on the afternoon.
The Mets start a three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at Dodger Stadium with Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) getting the start for New York and Dan Haren taking the hill for the Dodgers.