With a win on Friday night, the New York Mets could have reached the .500 mark for the first time in close to a year, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be.
The Mets lost 5-4 in 11 innings to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a bases loaded hit by pitch thrown by Mets young reliever Jeurys Familia. With the win the Angels got their first victory at home.
Despite getting the loss Familia, one of the team’s young hard throwers, looked sharp in 2 1/3 innings. Mets starter Dillon Gee lasted 5 2/3 innings giving up four runs on six hits, walking four batters, and striking out five.
Eric Young Jr., the Mets left fielder, led off the game with a groundball that got past both Angels star first baseman Albert Pujols, and second baseman Howie Kendrick and into right field for a single.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy then singled to right, advancing Young to third. David Wright grounded into a double play that allowed Young to score, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Andrew Brown, the Mets designated hitter for the night, grounded back to the pitcher Tyler Skaggs, for the final out of the inning.
Angels’ right fielder Kole Calhoun grounded out to first baseman Josh Satin for the first out of the bottom of the first. Angels super-star center fielder Mike Trout followed by crushing a home run off Dillon Gee to left-center tying the game at one run apiece. Gee then got Pujols to groundout and Angels DH Raul Ibanez to strike out, ending the inning.
After Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson struck out and Satin grounded out in the next half inning, centerfielder Juan Lagares singled to center, unfortunately Lagares was thrown out trying to steal second, for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom half of the second inning, third baseman David Freese hit a ground ball toward third. David Wright made a diving stop, got up and threw out Freese for the first out. Howie Kendrick then doubled to right-center giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Left fielder J.B. Shuck grounded out to Gee for the second out but advanced Kendrick to third. Catcher Chris Ianetta singled up the middle, bringing in Kendrick, putting the Angels on top 2-1. Shortstop Eric Aybar grounded out to Murphy for the final out of the inning.
In the top of the third, Mets rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud launched a home run to dead center levelling the game at 2-2. It was d’Arnaud’s first home run of the season and a much-needed sign of life for the struggling prospect, who was hitting just .111 going into Friday’s game. After the d’Arnaud home run, Skaggs calmed down and got the Mets in order to end the inning.
After the Angels went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the third inning, David Wright grounded out to start the fourth inning followed by an Andrew Brown single to right field. Curtis Granderson then smoked a double into the gap in left-center, putting both he and Brown in to scoring position.
Josh Satin then doubled off the left field wall bringing in Granderson and Brown, putting the Mets on top 4-2. Lagares grounded out to first but advanced Satin to third with two outs, d’Arnaud then hit a ground ball to second for the final out of the inning.
Neither team did anything offensively in their next turns at bat. In the bottom of the fifth Dillon Gee walked Chris Ianetta to lead off. After getting Eric Aybar to fly out to center, Gee walked Kole Calhoun putting runners at first and second with only one out. Mike Trout flew out to left (on a near collision between Lagares and Young). Gee issued his third walk of the inning to Albert Pujols loading the bases for designated hitter Raul Ibañez. Gee then got Ibañez to ground out.
David Wright doubled to lead off the top of the sixth, but the Mets failed to bring him in, going in order to end the inning. Gee got David Freese to strike out swinging to start off the bottom of the sixth before walking Howie Kendrick.
J.B. Shuck then hit a home run down the right field line as the Angels tied the game again at 4-4. Gee got Ianetta to strikeout swinging but then allowed a single up the middle to Eric Aybar, ending his night at 100 pitches. Veteran pitcher Carlos Torres came in and walked Calhoun, bringing up Mike Trout. Torres then struck out Trout swinging to end the inning.
Neither team scored in their next turns at bat, and the Mets were retired quickly after Daniel Murphy singled to start the eighth. J.B. Shuck flied out to right for the first out of the bottom of the eighth inning, but the play was not without controversy.
After Granderson caught the ball and was about to throw it back to the infield, a fan reached out and grabbed him. Granderson confronted him, and the fan was ejected. After everything calmed down, reliever Gonzalez Germen walked Chris Ianetta, who was then called back for pinch runner, outfielder Colin Cowgil. Eric Aybar grounded into a fielder’s choice at short and Cowgil was out at second. After Kole Calhoun singled and Mike Trout was walked,
Neither team scored in the ninth inning, thanks to new relievers Jeurys Familia for the Mets and Ernesto Frieri for the Angels and the game went to extra innings. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th.
In the bottom of the 10th catcher Hank Conger lined out to right for the first out, then Aybar singled to center. Calhoun flied out to left, and Trout singled up the middle loading the bases. But Pujols grounded weakly back to Familia for the final out.
The Mets failed to get a hit in the top of the 11th, going in order for the third consecutive inning. Familia, now starting his third inning of work, allowed a single to Raul Ibañez to lead off the inning and he went to second on a wild pitch.
David Freese grounded to short for the first out of the inning advancing Ibañez to third. Familia then intentionally walked Howie Kendrick and J.B. Shuck to load the bases. Familia got the count to 2-2 before hitting Conger with a pitch. Ibañez scored and the Angels won 5-4.
Jon Niese faces off against Angels ace Jered Weaver tomorrow evening.
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