Saturday's 20-Inning Game Was The Longest In Citi Field History

By John Schweibacher
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The Mets demoted Ike Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday’s loss to Miami. Davis was batting .161 with five homers, 16 RBIs and 66 strikeouts in 186 at-bats.

One year ago, through the games of June 9, Davis was hitting .162 with five homers, 21 RB’s and 59 strikeouts in 185 at-bats.

The Mets, however were 32-28 as opposed to their current 23-35 mark.

Davis did not get sent down in 2012, and hit .263 from June 10 on with 27 home runs and 69 runs batted in.

For now, Davis will remain 14 at-bats shy of 200 for the season. Only 11 players in Mets history have had at least 200 at-bats in a season and finished with a batting average below .200, something that has not happened in the last 30 years:

Dave Kingman: 1983, .198, 248
Doug Flynn: 1977, .191, 282
Bud Harrelson: 1977, .178, 269
John Milner: 1975, .191, 220
Al Weis: 1968, .172, 274
Jerry Grote: 1967, .195, 344
Bobby Klaus: 1965, .191, 288
Chris Cannizzaro: 1965, .183, 251
Choo Choo Coleman: 1963, .178, 247
Al Moran: 1963, .193, 331

In 2012 Jason Bay hit just .165, but only had 194 at-bats for the season.

It is already becoming a long season for the New York Mets, and Saturday’s 20-inning, 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins was the longest game in the four-plus seasons at Citi Field.

The marathon matched the fourth-longest in club history and the the third-longest home game ever for the Mets. Here are the longest home games in Mets history:

•9/11/74: 25 innings vs. St. Louis, 4-3 loss
•5/31/64: 23 innings vs. San Francisco, 8-6 loss
•6/08/13: 20 innings vs. Miami, 2-1 loss
•4/28/85: 18 innings vs. Pittsburgh, 5-4 win
•9/16/75: 18 innings vs. Montreal, 4-3 win
•8/01/72: 18 innings vs. Philadelphia, 3-2 win
•10/2/65: 18 innings vs. Philadelphia, 0-0 tie

There have been six other 17-inning home games in Mets history, all of which were played at Shea Stadium. The longest Mets game at the Polo Grounds was on September 1, 1963, a 6-4, 16-inning victory over the Milwaukee Braves.

Shaun Marcum was the hard-luck losing pitcher in Saturday’s 2-1, 20-inning loss to the Marlins. Marcum went eight innings, the longest relief outing by a Mets pitcher since Jerry Cram pitched eight in the 25-inning, 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on September 11, 1974. Here is the list of Mets relievers who pitched seven or more innings in a

6/30/62: Ray Daviault at Dodgers; ND 7.1
7/14/63: Don Rowe vs. Astros; ND 8.0
7/26/63: Galen Cisco at Astros; ND 7.1
9/01/63: Larry Bearnarth vs. Braves; W 7.0
5/31/64: Larry Bearnarth vs. Giants; ND 7.0
5/31/64: Galen Cisco vs. Giants; L 9.0
6/09/64: Larry Bearnarth vs. Cubs; W 10.0
6/05/65: Jim Bethke at Pirates; ND 7.0
8/30/66: Bob Friend vs. Dodgers; W 7.2
8/17/67: Don Cardwell at Pirates; W 7.0
10/6/69: Nolan Ryan vs. Braves; W 7.0*
9/11/74: Jerry Cram vs. Cardinals; ND 8.0
8/21/80: Pete Falcone vs. Giants; W 7.0
6/01/82: Ed Lynch vs. Braves; ND 7.0
4/28/85: Tom Gorman vs. Pirates; W 7.0
6/08/13: Shaun Marcum vs Miami; L 8.0

*-postseason game

The Mets selected Lee Mazzilli’s son. L.J., a second baseman from the University of Connecticut, with the 48th-overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The best player ever chosen 48th in the draft was Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, who was taken by the Orioles in 1978. Here are the players selected 48th in the draft who appeared in the most career games in the majors:

Position Players   Games
•Cal Ripken                   3001
•Sid Bream                    1088
•Scott Servais                 820
•Chris Singleton            704
•Kelly Shoppach           569

Pitchers                        Games
•Eric Gunderson        254
•Scott Kamieniecki      250
•Casey Fossum         240
•Garrett Olsen          104

The Mets host the Cardinals and Cubs this week at Citi Field. New York lost three of four at St. Louis and won two of three in Chicago last month.

The Mets are 11-5 all-time against the Cards at Citi Field, including wins in three of the four games here last year.

The Mets are 7-6 overall vs. the Cubs at Citi Field. The Mets were 45-38 when the Cubs came to Citi Field last July. Chicago won twice in that three-game series before the All-Star break. Including that series, the Mets have gone 52-84 since.

Happy Recap: Omar Quintanilla — The Mets’ shortstop is hitting .353 (12-for-34) since May 31.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Robert Carson — The Mets’ reliever was demoted after allowing his eighth home run in 18 innings.

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