Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets

Doubleheader Post Game Recap

 

Game 1: WP: Evan Marshall (2-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Jenrry Mejia (4-1, 4.33 ERA)

S: Addison Reed (14, 4.18 ERA)

Game 2: WP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.33 ERA) LP: Zeke Spruill (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

S: Jenrry Mejia (3, 4.23 ERA)

 

It was a long afternoon at Citi Field, as the Mets and Diamondbacks split the single admission doubleheader with a win each. This could have easily been a Mets sweep had they not shot themselves in the foot continuously at the plate in Game 1.

In Game 1, the Mets grounded into five double plays, killing multiple rallies and swinging all momentum to the Diamondbacks. Chris Young grounded into two, while Lucas Duda, Juan Centeno and Juan Lagares joined him. The heart of the Mets heart did not get it done, as Young, Duda and Curtis Granderson combined to go 0-9 from the plate.

The poor performance at the plate ruined the best start Rafael Montero has had at the major league level. Montero struck out a career-high 10 Diamondbacks over six innings. He surrendered only one run in the first inning off a Chris Owings solo home run. After that, he gave up only one more hit and three walks until he was relieved of his duties.

While the Mets struggled mightily at the plate, where they were let down most was in the field. In the top of the ninth inning, Jenrry Mejia was able to get Owings to hit a ground ball, which David Wright made a spectacular play to snag. But Daniel Murphy was unable to make the catch at second base, resulting in the winning run coming around to score. This is the second time in recent games that Murphy was unable to corral a ball at second base for an out, flat out dropping the ball and giving the opponent life.

In Game 2, the Mets battered Zeke Spruill, collecting 10 hits and two walks in his 5.1 innings of work. They were only able to muster three runs out of it, but that was enough to get the victory in the second game of the doubleheader. The Mets were also able to add an insurance run off of Trevor Cahill, to get the 4-2 victory.

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Anthony Recker was a thorn in the Diamondbacks pitching staff’s side all afternoon, as he had a career-high four hits in the game. The Mets were able to get production from unexpected places, as Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bobby Abreu and Ruben Tejada all had RBI singles. Daniel Murphy added the insurance run with an RBI single of his own in the eighth inning as well.

Matsuzaka helped himself at the plate, as he put forth a strong effort on the mound in the spot start. He gave the Mets six strong innings, giving up only three hits and one walk that resulted in two runs. He also struck out six.

Mejia continued to show that he is a worthy weapon out of the bullpen as well, pitching in both games and locking down the save in the second.

Next up for the Mets is a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They will open up Monday with a Memorial Day matinee at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.77 ERA) will be taking the mound for the Mets and be opposed by recently called up Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.26 ERA), who is taking the place of Wandy Rodriguez on the roster. It will also be Ike Davis’ first return to Queens since he was traded away earlier in the season.