New York Mets: Bats Show Signs of Life with 3-2 Victory


After being shutout in back to back games by the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets’ bats came alive Tuesday night to help defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2.

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Before the game started, there was a somber moment of silence for slain NYPD officer, Brian Moore,  who was shot in the face on Saturday and died on Monday. During batting practice, the Mets also wore NYPD caps for Moore, who had tickets to the game according to the Daily News.

When the game started, it was all Bartolo Colon as he gave up one run on nine strikeouts through 7.2 innings of work. It was also his fifth straight start in which he failed to allow a walk. Since the start of the season, all of Colon’s six starts have lasted at least six innings.

In the top of the fourth, he ran into some trouble after Adam Jones and Chris Davis each singled to lead off the inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Colon was able to get a key strikeout to Caleb Joseph on four pitches. The next batter, Travis Snider, stranded the runners on base by grounding out to Lucas Duda at first.

In order for Colon’s effort to be worthwhile, the Mets would need to put some runs on the board, something they hadn’t done in 21 innings. But in the bottom of the fourth, the tide finally changed. Against O’s pitcher, Bud Norris, Duda led off the inning with a double over Jones’s head in center. After an unproductive out by Michael Cuddyer,  Daniel Murphy stepped to the plate.

Murphy laced a single to right to break the Mets scoreless streak, but it didn’t stop there. Wilmer Flores, who has been heavily criticized due to his seven errors on the year, smacked a double to left that just stayed fair. Up next was another youngster, Kevin Plawecki, who copied Flores by doubling to left to bring in two runs. The Mets took a 3-0 lead, but the Orioles would make things interesting.

In the eighth, they finally got to Colon as Manny Machado took a two-seam fastball to the seats for his fifth home run of the year.The next batter would fly out to left field, ending Colon’s night. Carlos Torres would come on to face Adam Jones and retire him for the final out of the inning.

In the ninth, Davis hit a line drive home run to center field on the first pitch from Jeurys Familia, narrowing to gap to 3-2. Familia would settle down to notch his 10th save on the season.

Overall, the game was a momentum booster for the Mets’ offense. They only scored in one inning, and it’s not as if they scored a ton of runs, but the positive is that the bottom half of the lineup contributed with Flores and Plawecki. Dilson Herrera was one of three Mets (Juan Lagares and Colon being the other two) who failed to collect a hit on the evening. Herrera has just one hit since being called up four days ago. He will rightfully continue to get his starts till David Wright comes back, which is still unknown, but it’s safe to say it will be at least 10 days.

The Mets will face to Orioles tomorrow night before enjoying their second off day this week. The probable pitchers for that game are Ubaldo Jimenez and Jacob deGrom.

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