Written By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
The Mets were able to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Dodgers Thursday night, winning 5-3. Wins have been few and far between for the Mets in May, as this was only their sixth victory in 20 games in the month. Their series losing streak still continued, but getting back into the win column is always a good thing.
The Mets were able to end an impressive streak that Dodgers’ starting pitcher Zack Greinke in the process as well. Greinke entered the game with a major league record of 21 consecutive starts in which he surrendered two or less runs; tonight the Mets scored three off of him, albeit only one was earned. Greinke looked to have his streak continued, but former Met Justin Turner committed an error, and the Mets scored their third run.
Turner was able to get some retribution at the plate later in the game, blasting a two-run homer off Jon Niese to tie the game at three in the seventh inning. It was Turner’s first home run since last September, when he hit his only two long balls of the season in a series against the Cleveland Indians.
As for Niese, he rolled right along prior to that home run in the game. He gave up a run in the first inning on an Adrian Gonzalez sac fly, but surrendered no other runs until the Turner home run. Niese finished the game with seven innings pitched, three earned runs, four hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts. It was enough to earn his third win of the season.
Niese also produced at the plate tonight, doubling home Anthony Recker to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning before he scored on the Turner error. That was only the third hit for Mets pitchers this season, moving their season total to 3-76.
Juan Lagares was able to deliver the game winning RBI for the Mets in the seventh inning with an RBI single that scored Wilmer Flores, but the best hitter tonight for the Mets was Curtis Granderson.
Granderson finished the game 2-4, both hits being of the extra base variety. He doubled in second, moving to third on a Matt Kemp error and scoring on Eric Campbell’s sac fly. He then tripled in the eighth inning, scoring David Wright and giving the Mets another insurance run. Granderson’s batting average is now at a season-high .214 as he had two multi-hit games in the series against the Dodgers.
Granderson is not the only Met who looks to be getting comfortable, as Jenrry Mejia is beginning to look like a natural at the end of games in the bullpen. Mejia was able to cross a big hurdle tonight, pitching for the second consecutive night for the first time in four seasons. He pitched well, tossing a clean ninth inning to collect his second save of the season. Mejia has yet to surrender a run since being inserted into the bullpen in 5.1 innings, collecting two saves and a win.
The Mets will look to continue their winning ways against the Arizona Diamondbacks as they will make a visit to Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets against Diamondbacks’ rookie Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06 ERA).