By John Schweibacher
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The New York Mets completed a 6-4 homestand with a 4-0 win over the Marlins Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of their three-game series. Dillon Gee got the win, allowing no runs on three hits in eight innings of work.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gee is now 4-0 with a 3.61 earned run average in nine career starts in rubber games. The Mets are 2-3 in the five other starts Gee has made in rubber games.
Curtis Granderson’s RBI single capped the Mets’ two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth in their 4-3 win over the Marlins Friday night.
It was the 10th time since the start of the 2012 season that the Mets and Marlins played a game that ended in walk-off fashion. Each team has won five and lost five:
· 4/26/12 Marlins 2 at Mets 3 Nieuwenhuis single in 9th
· 5/11/12 Mets 5 at Marlins 6 Dobbs single in 9th
· 5/13/12 Mets 4 at Marlins 8 Stanton grand slam in 9th
· 9/23/12 Marlins 2 at Mets 3 Tejada single in 9th
· 10/2/12 Mets 3 at Marlins 4 Solano single in 11th
· 4/7/13 Marlins 3 at Mets 4 Byrd 2rbi single in 9th
· 4/29/13 Mets 3 at Marlins 4 Green sac fly in 15th
· 4/30/12 Mets 1 at Marlins 2 Lyon wild pitch in 13th
· 9/15/13 Marlins 0 at Mets 1 d’Arnaud single in 12th
· 4/25/14 Marlins 3 at Mets 4 Granderson single in 9th
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kyle Farnsworth both earned their first saves for the Mets in their series victory over the Cardinals last week. The Mets have now had four different pitchers save a game this season, including Jose Valverde (2) and Carlos Torres (1).
It’s the fifth time since the save became an official MLB statistic in 1969 that the Mets have had four different pitchers register saves in the first 32 games of the season:
· 2014 (23 games) Valverde, Torres, Farnsworth, Matsuzaka.
· 1972 (24 games) McGraw, Taylor, Frisella, McAndrew.
· 1999 (30 games) Watson, Franco, Wendell, Benitez.
· 1989 (31 games) Aase, Myers, McDowell, Aguilera.
· 1983 (31 games) Allen, Orosco, Sisk, Swan.
The Mets hung on for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals last Wednesday night at Citi Field. In the top of the ninth inning, with the Mets leading 3-1, Daniel Descalso doubled over the head of center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score Jon Jay. Nieuwenhuis then relayed the ball to Ruben Tejada, who threw Matt Carpenter out at the plate to preserve the Mets’ victory.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Mets’ win in which New York threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the ninth inning or later on a ball hit to the outfield occurred on May 23rd, 2003 against the Braves at Turner Field. That night, with New York leading 6-5, Tsuyoshi Shinjo ended the game by throwing out Chipper Jones at the plate on a Julio Franco single to center field.
The Cardinals’ Michael Wacha struck out 10 Mets batters but issued five walks, including two with the bases loaded, in just four innings of work in the Mets’ 3-2 win vs. St. Louis last week.
It was just the seventh time in club history that either a Mets starting pitcher or the opposing starter went six innings or fewer and allowed at least five walks while striking out 10 or more batters in a game:
· 4/23/14 Michael Wacha at NYM 4 IP 5 BB 10 K
· 5/27/09 Johan Santana vs. CHI 6 IP 6 BB 11 K
· 8/29/07 Oliver Perez at PHI 6 IP 5 BB 10 K
· 8/22/07 Jake Peavy vs. NYM 6 IP 5 BB 11 K
· 7/19/01 Ryan Dempster vs. NYM 6 IP 5 BB 10 K
· 7/22/92 David Cone vs. LA 6 IP 5 BB 10 K
· 8/9/70 Nolan Ryan at Pit 6 IP 7 BB 10 K
Last week, Ike Davis hit a grand-slam in the Pirates’ 6-5 victory over the Reds just over two weeks after hitting a game-winning slam against Cincinnati while playing for the Mets.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Davis became the first player in major-league history to hit grand slams for two teams in the same season before the end of April. The only other player to slam for two teams in the same calendar month was Don Lenhardt, for the Red Sox and Tigers in June 1952.
Davis, who prior to this season had only one home run in 40 at-bats with the bases loaded with the Mets, is the third player to hit grand slams for two different teams against the same opponent in the same season.
The others were Ray Boone in 1953 (for the Indians and Tigers against the St. Louis Browns) and Mike Piazza in 1998 (for the Dodgers and Mets against the Diamondbacks).
Piazza’s slam for the Mets that season came against Arizona’s Andy Benes on August 22nd at Shea. He had previously connected with the bases full vs. the Diamondbacks’ Jeff Suppan on April 9 at Dodger Stadium.
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Dillon Gee. Has now gone at least six innings in 26 of his last 28 starts dating back to May 30th, 2013, going 12 and 6 with a 2.74 ERA.
Hits: Anthony Recker. Mets are now 6 and 0 in his starts at catcher this season after going 20 and 14 with Recker in the starting lineup behind the plate in 2013.
Errors: Pitchers (Not) Hitting. Mets pitchers are 0-for-41 at plate so far in 2014.
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