Game Recap: Mets 5, Dodgers 3

The Mets avoided being swept by the Dodgers winning, 5-3, at Citi Field on Thursday night >> Read a full AP recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.



Jon Niese (3-3) pitched seven commanding innings for the Mets, which won for just the sixth time in 20 games this month.

Juan Lagares delivered a two-out, go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning against Chris Perez.

Eric Campbell, playing his first career game in left field, doubled Yasiel Puig off second base after making a spectacular diving catch in the eighth to preserve the team’s lead.

The Mets ended Zach Greinke’s stretch of 21 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs. He gave up four hits, three runs and walked two batters.

Dodgers OF Matt Kemp bobbled a line drive by Curtis Granderson in the first inning that let him take third base on a double. Granderson later scored on Campbell’s sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, third baseman Justin Turner botched a ground ball by Daniel Murphy that scored Niese, who read reached base earlier with an RBI double.

In the sixth inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a high popup to second base. Murphy got under it, but seemingly lose it in the lights. The ball fell, Murphy hesitated and Puig jogged off second base. He was quickly tagged out for the double play.

Jenrry Mejia pitched for the second consecutive day, logging a scoreless ninth inning for his second save since moving to the bullpen.


The Mets host the Diamondbacks for a weekend series Friday night, as Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) opposes rookie RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06) at 7:10 pm ET.




76 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Kept thinking of the old Casey Stengel line, "Can't anybody here play this game?" Both the Mets and Dodgers played very sloppy baseball. These guy shave been playing baseball since they were kids and no one knows the infield fly rule? Puig has a world of talent but the guy is a total flake. And Murphy may be a gamer but he is the worst-fielding 2B in MLB. Still, a nice victory. My only concern is that LA was TATTOOING Dice-K. Hey, don't the Yankees need a starter . . . ?

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I thought last night's game was fun to watch. Some really good plays and some odd ones as well. TC putting Campbell in LF turned out better than most of us would have expected. So, here one Yay for TC, the Campbell gamble paid off.

Matt Brosky
Matt Brosky

Ah, great reporting.. Murphy hesitated and Puig wandered off second?  NO ONE KNEW THE RULES.. It was an infield fly, Murph missed the ball, batter was out, runners took off, Murph threw to Flores at second who also didn't know the rules and just stepped on the bag... Puig further not knowing the rules just wandered off second assuming he was out.. And Murphy, the one guy that knew the rules came in screaming at Flores to tag Puig resulting in the double play.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

I can't believe i am going to say this but hats off to Grandy for his AB in the 2nd inning when he doubled after fouling off 8 pitches. He made Greinke work hard - 12 pitches! So there is Greinke there on the mound with no outs in the bottom of the 2nd and he has already thrown 28 pitches! A great AB against a very tough pitcher. Greinke finished the 2nd and he had already thrown 52 pitches.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Great Game, The Guys Hung in their, Hopefully they keep it up!

eric88
eric88

The Mets will move Murphy the latest this winter. He will make too much in 15, about 9 million, and they want Flores at 2b. Next year's SS is not in the organization right now.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I keep waiting for Lagares to come back down to the 275 mark or so which would still be good with the way he plays CF. And yet I'm still waiting. Still don't see him as a 300 hitter but who knows. Certainly not me. Atta boy Juan

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Somebody needs to put a muzzle on TC. God that man needs to shut up. So last night he goes on about how he's going to keep riding Campbell because he's got a hot bat? When has that mattered with him until now? And he's talking about playing Campbell in the middle infield now, 2b AND SS? Leave Flores and Murphy alone. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

Isn't it interesting how, for all the ridiculous press about how Flores can't play SS, when you put someone with energy on the left side of the 2-bag ... Murphy, on the right, goes back to looking like the worst middle infielder in the league.   Let's think about that a moment. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Theyre such world beaters when they win. I'm pleased with the play of Murphy, Lagares,Flores, Campbel,Degrom and Mejia out of the Pen. I think those guys have to elevate everybody else's play.


I think Granderson and Duda can present some real upsides that are coming  to life a bit, which is encouraging. Surprisingly, a concern might be if there's enough time in this season in order to evaluate if Flores is worthy of keeping instead of an F/A SS in the offseason, because his strengths look different than smaller guys at the position, but you might not be losing that much defensively with his play.

melmet
melmet

chris young should find a comfortable seat on the bench...because based on his performance (not his idiotic salary)...he should spend most of the season there.

Murphy and Flores can not both be our up the middle defenders. I really do appreciate what Murphy has done for this team, played wherever they ask and be a real MLB hitter. His defense is becoming a problem at second base, I know SS hasn't done him any real favors but there have been WAY too many double plays not turned this year and it has cost us wins. We should really be looking to 2015, when Harvey went down we knew they weren't really going to try and compete this year, but it seems like management is just asleep at the wheel. SS, 1B, signing CY for 8 mil.

Murphy is going to get paid after this year and he deserves it. Wilmer has looked half decent at short, ideally he gets comfortable plays well and surprises everyone. On the other hand maybe he becomes a really really good 2B and these Edgardo Alfonzo comparisons come true.

Lagares and Flores are a breath of fresh air on this team and I hope management finally does something right and gives them a solid chance to play everyday this summer and see if we have some real young players to build on heading into 2015. I like that we have guys going up there looking to get hits and make solid contact, going where the balls pitched. Enough looking for one specific spot and trying to walk, see the ball hit the ball. Thing I love about Flores then most Mets so far is he is tough to strikeout. The strikeouts are honestly the worst part about watching this team.

Take the month of June w/ Flores and Murphy, if Flores is playing good D and proves his bat can play in the bigs he could be a VERY VERY good RH INF hitter to complement DW. He'd be better suited at 2B, Murphy would be better suited at third. KC's 3Bman is a joke find a way to send him there trade a pitcher and get Castro from Chicago and give Flores 2B and get a SS that is here for next year start actually building the offense. IF HE PROVES HE CAN HIT FOR A MONTH.

Good for Granderson to not let the pressure get in his head and really play great this month. A 1B who could hit cleanup between him and Wright  would make this lineup immediately twice as good. Feel bad for DW, get this guy a winning team.

Jason Krull
Jason Krull

There was a baseball game on tonight ?

Joe B
Joe B

He used to slide head first. Got spiked in hands and has been holding gloves ever since.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Does anyone know Wright runs the bases with batting gloves in his hands? I thought people only did that for sliding head first...which he doesn't do.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Everyone has bad games. Murphy and Duda will be fine. Wouldnt be surprised if Collins runs out this same lineup tomorrow. Granderson is finally coming around. He missed a homer by 3 inches tonight. Despite Wright still not being Wright at the plate(pun intended), he's still getting his hits. I'll take the win.

bigslick
bigslick

The Good: Niese, Granderson & Mejia

The Bad: Murphy & Duda

The Ugly: Terry Collins

johnnyh
johnnyh

@Kenneth Meltsner worst fielding 2B in the league? have you ever watched Dan Uggla approach a ground ball? and calling Puig a flake is like calling the first iPhone a flake because they hadn't figured out all the bugs yet. 

eric88
eric88

Fort Myers nut has to agree. Grandy for the month of May, .310 average and a .625 slugging percentage. Hope he stays hot.

Raymond Ayling
Raymond Ayling

@eric88 well sandy thinks this is the  oakland team dump stars for prospects on a never ending reg basis....... l.a is what a big market team should look like

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@eric88 Eric you know I've been saying that since this past offseason. Money is an issue for this team. 

Been a few good articles on other sites lately about the Met's and SS, with people saying the Met's won't spend for a FA SS but are looking at a young one in a trade. 

Everyone brings up Didi who is questionable with the bat. Is he nothing more than Tovar? 

I was screaming last year to go get Sardinas from Texas because he was blocked by Andrus and Profar. But now Profar being out for probably the year, Texas has brought him up to play second and he's doing well so that probably has raised his value some as well as possibly keep him there now since he's having to play for Profar

tango01
tango01

Terry just loves to hear himself talk.

theglider
theglider

He screwed up twice in two games, though. The first cost us, the second did not. I know he's learning the position but I hope he's not one of those players who doesn't grow into being a shortstop.

wlpns
wlpns

I totally agree with you about Flores and Murphy. Flores does look like a hitter but I guess the only place he can play in here infield is short. Murphy is a very good hitter and his swing is meant for Citified (and should be batting 4th but that's another story) but his defense is terrible. Yes he makes the play at him but he's terrible at the double play which kills pitchers. If this team is really built around pitching and defense then he and Flores can NOT be your middle infielders.

I personally wish d wright would play second. He's got the ranger to play anywhere on the infield but his arm is very weak for third. And Murphy would be better at third then second as well. Also Murph is horrible on here bases (Keith calls him Ronny Ramjet, which is NOT a compliment).

Lagares has to play everyday. His defense is the best I've seen in centerfield since Andrew Jones who was the best I've ever seen (I'm 33 and never saw Willy Mays and I'm sorry but A Jones was better than Griffey). Not only does he have a cannon for an arm but he's pin point accurate.

As for 2015, I have ZERO faith in the Wilpons putting a major league team on the field that can compete. Let's all be real here, this team has 2 all stars, 2 solid players and 4 rookies or minor leaguers in there starting lineup. The braves and Nats have 5-6 All-Stars each and I haven't even gotten to there bullpens which are both lockdown.

Even if our starting pitching turns out just as good as both, we just can't compete when it comes to talent and bullpens. ITS NOT SANDYS FAULT. when u cant buy a short stop or a first basemen how can u afford a bullpen???

mustang66
mustang66

I' d rather trade David right then Murphy. 20 million a year for a singlEs hitter. he has most of his RBI either when they don't count or with ground balls and short fly balls.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

What Murphy needs is a day off. These guys need a mental break from the game every so often. This includes David. 

The fact that you want Castro from Chicago completely throws off your whole post. Castro is a head case. 

Would rather keep Murphy at 2B and sign him to an extension because he is a real hitter. Give Flores and Murphy time to mesh together up the middle. Flores could be a serviceable option at short, he makes the routine plays despite scouts being down on him about his range.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@shinjoooo It's a reminder to keep the hands up when sliding.  I learned that playing HS ball.

thecyclone
thecyclone

@shinjoooo Well it keeps the hands closed when sliding feet first also so if he puts his hands out when he hits the ground he still wont break a finger. The other thing could be that when he takes his lead at first if his hands were open he wasn't running and if he closed his hands he was stealing. Just a way to not telegraph his intentions. Not that I know that's for sure why he does it.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Dana Smith Murphy is Murphy - he will be streak-y and have brain cramps but overall is good addition. Not sure about Duda -- let's see how he is after a few months at 1B. I think he will be okay defensively.  Offensively, let's see.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@Dana Smith Murphy and Duda are known to be below average defenders and Duda offense STINKS. Grandy is hitting 314 for the month of May with 14 RBI's. Grandy will be fine in a Mets uni. 

metsfan91
metsfan91

@bigslick The Ugly Part II: Tejada, Youngs

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@bigslick Haha, Murphy has a couple bad games and he makes the bad list. So he makes an error...who doesnt? I will take Murphy and his flaws every single day for 162 games as long as he keeps hitting .300 and scoring runs.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@bigslick    The Good Part II: Campbell, Lagares, Flores.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Steven Matregrano I agree about the rules, but Flores is a 22 year old rookie, and Murphy is a veteran.  Rookies who learn are the ones who make it in this league, and Flores has shown a propensity to learn and adapt - growing pains.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Steven Matregrano  How can anyone blame Murphy for what resulted in the Mets getting a double-play?  If anything, he should be praised for being the only one of the 3 guys involved in the

play to actually know what the hell was going on.


He'll never win the gold glove, but all the guy does is play a decent, heads up, smart game a second. He then goes out and bats at a .300 clip.  Yet he's always the first position player named when people mention any sort of trade. 



CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

@eric88 I read the piece about Grandy practicing a batting technique taught to him by Yankees batting coach, Kevin Long. Given our hitting problems, it appears our batting coach is not doing his job.

James
James

@Tarheel11 @eric88 Tarheel, there was an article here as well about the Mets not looking for an FA and focusing more on a young SS via trade.  Sardinas was very hard to get, no one was missing him.

johnnyh
johnnyh

@wlpns You're way off with 5-6 All-Stars each on ATL and WAS. Who are those 5-6? maybe 2-3 and thats generous given how the Nats have played. 


I agree with the Lagares comparison, I've been saying that since last year but Murphy is not terrible on the bases,Keith has a negative comment about everyone so that holds no weight. Murphy is refreshingly aggresive but he needs to be reigned in from time to time (i.e whenever hes at 3B) 

j0sHi328
j0sHi328

So you want to trade him after a cold start ( which is still a pretty good start)? I'm pretty sure he's had a whole career of being an elite hitter, 2 bad months and some genius comes around like "let's trade this loser!". I will agree he never comes up clutch though

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Wtf is an RBI that doesn't count?

tango01
tango01

Isn't it funny every year Terry says he has to rest Wright and Murphy because it's a long year and he doesn't want to run them to the ground. Every year he plays them almost every game with no rest.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@ponzies86 @Dana Smith While I don't think Duda is a great, I still don't think he is a problem right now. Everyone says Murphy is streaky, but lets be honest here, just about every player to play the game is streaky. Everyone goes on hot and cold stretches. its the nature of the pitcher and hitters adjusting to each other.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Michael Frias if Puig slides he avoids the Tag it was a bad play because they easily would have advanced. Murph had no shot at the lead runner. I had seen Bill Buckner intentionally pull this off by closing his glove and having the ball drop at his feet. You will notice Puig also slowed down as he overran 2nd. DW was also pointing and confused. In reality Figgens was the only guy who knew what he was doing.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Josh Eppard Incorrect.  on a ball hit back to the pitcher, the shortstop should take the throw as his angle and momentum have him going TOWARDS first base, not away from it.  The SS has a better chance to make the DP.  Murphy was in the wrong place.  Consider that for all the complaints about Wilmer's range, he WAS in the right place at the right time.