Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
New York Mets vs. Seattle Mariners
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Taijuan Walker (1-2, 3.60 ERA)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (13, 3.74 ERA)
It was a good day to be a Mets fan Wednesday, as they got to witness a dominant performance from Bartolo Colon. The 41-year old flirted with perfection Wednesday afternoon, going 6.2 innings before Robinson Cano singled in the seventh inning. Colon was masterful throughout the game, lasting another 1.1 innings. His final stat line was 7.1 innings pitched, surrendering two runs on three hits one walks and five strikeouts.
Cano was really the only Mariner to get anything going against the Mets all day, as he had two of their five hits in the game. Corey Hart, Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller recorded the other hits.
The Mets staked Colon to a lead right from the start, and he rolled with it from there. Eric Young Jr. walked and stole second base, getting doubled in by Daniel Murphy right after.
The Mets would strike again in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring a run in each. Juan Lagares hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, scoring Lucas Duda. In the seventh, David Wright singled home Young Jr. for his second run of the game.
Jenrry Mejia continued his strong run as the closer of the team, earning his 13th of the season. Mejia got into a little bit of trouble, allowing two guys on base but was able to work his way around it with two strikeouts.
It was not all pretty for the Mets Wednesday though, as Ruben Tejada may be sidelined for a period of time. Tejada took a 94 MPH fastball to the front of his helmet from Taijuan Walker, and was forced from the game. There is a chance Tejada could be placed on the seven-day concussion DL if he is in fact diagnosed with it.
It could cause a short term problem for the Mets, as there is no real backup shortstop option on the major league roster. Eric Campbell replaced Tejada today, but you can count on one hand the amount of times he has played short stop professionally.
The Mets took the series from the Mariners, and will now head to Milwaukee to face the NL Central division leading Brewers. Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets and be opposed by the Brewers’ Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA).