Looking to bounce back from their 14-2 trouncing at the hands of the LA Angels on Sunday afternoon, the New York Mets’ Zack Wheeler looked to get his first win of the year Monday night while the Arizona D-Backs sent Josh Collmenter to the hill.
First baseman Lucas Duda was the star of the night for New York, going 4-5 and driving in two RBI’s in the Mets 7-3 victory. Wheeler pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out three.
It wasn’t all good news for the Mets. Right fielder Curtis Granderson had to leave the game in the sixth inning after colliding with the fence in the bottom of the first, injuring his hand on the play. Centerfielder Juan Lagares pulled his hamstring running out a groundball in the top of the seventh. Granderson had precautionary x-rays on his left wrist, ribs, and knee, each coming back negative. Lagares was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on Tuesday and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was called up from AAA Las Vegas.
Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. singled to center to start the game. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then hit a pop up to third for the first out of the inning. Young then stole second, his seventh of the year. Third baseman David Wright then struck out looking while Curtis Granderson grounded back to the pitcher for the final out.
Zack Wheeler made quick work of the first two Diamondbacks hitters he faced. Arizona right fielder Geraldo Parra lined out to center, and second baseman Aaron Hill popped out to short. Then D-Backs’ star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt lined a single to right field. Wheeler got catcher Miguel Montero to fly out to right. Unfortunately Granderson dropped the ball after colliding with the padded fence and dropped the ball. Goldschmidt scored on the play giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Despite being in obvious pain, Granderson stayed in the game after being checked out by Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez. Wheeler then induced a groundball by third baseman Martín Prado for the final out of the first inning.
Lucas Duda led off the second inning with a single to center. Juan Lagares doubled in the right field gap. With two runners in scoring position, catcher Travis d’Arnaud lined a ball that was snagged by Prado for the first out. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then hit a groundball to short for the second out, but Duda scored on the play tying the game at 1. Zack Wheeler struck out to end the inning.
Wheeler retired the D-Backs in order in the bottom of the second. In the top of the third the Mets cobbled together another two runs. After Eric Young reached on an infield single, he took second on an errant throw by Arizona shortstop Chris Owings. Daniel Murphy doubled to deep center, but Young failed to score. David Wright grounded out to third for the first out, but Young advanced home putting the Mets on top 2-1. Curtis Granderson struck out, but Lucas Duda singled, scoring Murphy from second. Duda advanced to second on another bad throw. Juan Lagares then flew out to center, limiting the damage to only two runs.
After Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter struck out to start the bottom of the third, Zack Wheeler walked Geraldo Parra. Aaron Hill singled to left, moving Parra to second. Wheeler then walked Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases with just one out. Miguel Montero then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Parra making it 3-2, but Hill was thrown out at third to end the inning.
The Mets went in order in the top half of the fourth. Wheeler struck out Martín Prado to start the bottom of the fourth, and got left fielder Mark Trumbo to weakly ground out to short for the second out. Chris Owings singled to left but was immediately picked off first base by Wheeler to end the inning.
Arizona pitcher Mike Bolsinger, making his major league debut, came in to start the fifth inning. The rookie struck out Eric Young, but allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and walked David Wright. Curtis Granderson beat the over shift and hit a groundball through the hole where the shortstop would normally be, scoring Murphy and furthering the Mets lead 4-2. Lucas Duda then singled to right for his third hit of the night, scoring Wright making it 5-2 New York. Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud each flew out to right, ending the Mets rally.
Neither team scored in their next two turns at bat. Outfielder Andrew Brown who entered the game in the bottom of the sixth to replace the ailing Granderson, grounded out to third to start the top half of the seventh. Lucas Duda then singled for his fourth hit of the game. Juan Lagares hit into a fielder’s choice and Duda was out at second. But Lagares came up lame. Manager Terry Collins came out again and pulled Lagares from the game. In came first baseman Ike Davis to run for Lagares. Travis d’Arnaud then singled to left putting runners at first and second with two out. The Mets failed to scratch out a run as Ruben Tejada struck out.
Due to the Lagares injury the Mets made numerous defensive shifts to start the bottom of the seventh. Eric Young moved over to center, Lucas Duda moved from first to left field, and Ike Davis stayed in the game to man first base. Wheeler got Mark Trumbo to fly out to right, but then allowed a double to Chris Owings. Centerfielder A.J. Pollock drew a walk and that was it for Wheeler. Terry Collins came out and made a double switch. In came backup catcher Anthony Recker and Carlos Torres to replace Travis d’Arnaud and Wheeler. Outfielder Tony Campana was called to pinch-hit for Bolsinger. Campana grounded out to first, but advanced Owings to third and Pollock to second. Torres then got Geraldo Parra to fly out to left for the last out of the seventh.
Anthony Recker started the top of the eighth inning with a walk. Eric Young made a successful sacrifice bunt that advanced Recker to second. But Ryan Rowland-Smith who came in to start the eighth, threw the ball away. Young was safe at first and advanced to second on the error, and Recker moved to third. Daniel Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to center advancing Young to third and scoring Recker making it 6-2 in favor of the Mets. David Wright followed with a single to right extending the Mets lead even further to 7-2. Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda each struck out, ending the inning.
Torres came back out for the eighth. Aaron Hill struck out leading off the bottom of the inning. Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Torres. Miguel Montero then singled to left brining it Goldschmidt, making it 7-3 New York. Martín Prado hit a ground ball that Daniel Murphy made a nice play on. He threw the ball to second to get the lead runner, but the relay throw from Ruben Tejada was not in time to get the speedy Prado. Torres then struck out Mark Trumbo to end the inning.
The Mets did not score in the top of the ninth inning. Torres came out again to start the ninth. Torres induced a groundball by Chris Owings to start the inning, but A.J. Pollock followed with a single to left. Infielder Chris Pennington was called to pinch-hit for pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. Daniel Murphy again made a nice play on a ground ball by Pennington making the play at first for the second out. Torres then got Geraldo Parra to ground out to first to end the game.
Jenrry Mejia squares off against Bronson Arroyo Tuesday night as the Mets try to reach the .500 mark for the fourth time this season and for the first time since April of 2013.
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