By John Schweibacher
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The New York Mets have gone 3-3 so far on their nine-game road trip, having dropped two of three against the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend after taking two of three from the Braves in Atlanta.
Bartolo Colon got roughed up Sunday in the series finale against the Angels, allowing nine earned runs in five innings in the Mets’ 14-2 loss.
The Angels hit four homers against Colon, including three straight in the first inning by Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time that a Mets pitcher gave up three consecutive first-inning home runs was on July 23, 1996 at Coors Field, when Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla connected against Pete Harnisch in an 11-10 Rockies’ win in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Colon is the first Mets starter to allow at least nine earned runs in a game since Johan Santana gave up 10 in 3.2 innings back on May 2, 2010 at Philadelphia.
Anthony Recker gave the Mets the lead with a single in the seventh inning, and then hit a game-winning home run in the 13th inning of New York’s 7-6 win at Anaheim Saturday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, two other Mets in the past decade have driven in a go-ahead run in the seventh inning or later, followed by the game-winning RBI in extra innings — and both did it in 2011.
On June 22, 2011 at Citi Field, Justin Turner gave the Mets a 2-1 eighth-inning lead with a run-scoring single and was credited with the RBI that scored the game-winning run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th in the 3-2 win over the A’s.
On September 6, 2011 in Florida, Nick Evans put the Mets on top 3-2 with an RBI single in the eighth inning and gave them the lead again with another run-scoring single in the 12th in an eventual 7-4 win.
Recker is the first catcher in Mets history to register two such RBIs in a game.
The Mets lost the opener of their series in Anaheim, 5-4, in 11 innings on Jeurys Familia’s bases loaded wild pitch.
According to UltimateMets.com, it was the ninth time in club history that the Mets lost in the bottom of the ninth or extra-innings on a wild pitch:
· 9/8/62 at Hou 6-5 (10) Roger Craig
· 8/25/66 at Chi 3-2 Bill Hepler
· 8/15/70 at Atl 3-2 Tom Seaver
· 7/22/72 at SF 2-1 Danny Frisella
· 9/1/81 at Hou 3-2 Mike Marshall
· 5/13/10 at Fla 2-1 Fernando Nieve
· 7/17/12 at Was 5-4 (10) Pedro Beato
· 4/30/13 at Mia 2-1 Brandon Lyon
· 4/11/14 at LAA 5-4 Jeurys Familia
Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and three stolen bases in the Mets’ 6-4 win last Thursday night over the Braves.
It was just the third time in club history that a Mets player had at least three hits, three runs scored and three steals in the same game:
· 9/17/83 Mookie Wilson 4H, 3R, 3 SB (7-6 loss vs. Chi)
· 7/16/99 Rickey Henderson 3H, 3R, 3 SB (9-7 win at TB)
· 4/10/14 Eric Young Jr. 3H, 4R, 3 SB (6-4 win at Atl)
Five opponents have had at least three hits, three runs scored and three steals against the Mets in the same game:
· 5/25/62 Maury Wills 4H, 3R, 3 SB (17-8 loss at LA)
· 8/14/82 Leon Durham 3H, 3R, 3 SB (7-4 loss vs. Chi)
· 5/7/89 Kevin Bass 3H, 3R, 4 SB (5-0 loss vs. Hou)
· 5/30/92 Deion Sanders 4H, 3R, 3 SB (6-1 loss vs. Atl)
· 7/1/98 Shannon Stewart 3H, 4R, 3 SB (15-10 loss at Tor)
Colon was much better in his previous start on the road trip, going seven innings without allowing a run or a walk in the Mets’ 4-0 win last Tuesday night in Atlanta. Colon became the third pitcher in Mets history to throw at least seven scoreless innings without allowing a base on balls in a game against the Braves in Atlanta. The previous two were Tom Seaver (1968) and Kevin Appier (2001).
Seaver pitched a shutout and did not walk a batter against the Braves at Fulton-County Stadium on September 25, 1968, a 3-0 Mets win.
Appier went eight innings without allowing a run or a walk on July 1, 2001 at Turner Field in a 2-1 Mets’ victory.
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Taking Leads. The Mets have led at some point in 11 of their 12 games played, but have won only five of them.
Hits: Chris Young. Went 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in first rehab game for Las Vegas. Young could come off the disabled list Saturday.
Errors: Strikeouts. Mets batters have fanned 122 times in 12 games, one fewer than the Diamondbacks (123 in 15 games) and the Dodgers (123 in 13 games) for the most in the majors.
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