Game Recap: Mets 6, Reds 3 (Ike Davis Walk-Off!!)

Need to Know: Pinch-hitter Ike Davis hit a game-ending grand slam as the Mets (2-3) defeated the Reds, 6-3, on Saturday at Citi Field >> Read a full boxscore at SNY.TV.



The Reds took the lead on a home run off Dillon Gee in the eighth inning, two innings after Curtis Granderson connected for a two-run home run, his first with the Mets.

Second base umpire James Hoye called Juan Lagares out in the ninth inning, but Terry Collins ask for the play to be reviewed. The he call was overturned by crew chief John Hirschbeck. Davis later hit an 0-1 pitch to right field to end the game with a walk-off, grand slam.

Carlos Torres pitched the ninth inning for the Mets. Gee allowed six hits and walked one. He struck out four.

The Mets struck out 10 times against Reds pitching, upping their season total to 53 in five games.


Instant Reaction from Ike Davis: “This one I got in the eyes. I couldn’t see very well for a while after it. But it tastes good. It’s whipped cream. … I did not know it was coming. Justin Turner wasn’t here, so I did not know who was going to do it. It was a good day today. That’s for sure.”


Game Ball: Davis, who essentially lost his job as  the team’s first baseman earlier this week, but pinch hit today and won the game with a grand slam.



What’s Next: Jon Niese will be activated from the disabled list to start their series finale against the Reds and Alfredo Simon at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Citi Field.




107 comments
Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Bit back/forth on Recker not being pinch ran. Various issues there, including if they wanted to give TD a full day off. But,hey, I think there might be a question -- just don't think it is a horrible move. Bigger concern -- does this mean Niese is the new pie boy? Or, is it like 1B, and it is like still an open competition?

scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

I guess I'm one of those front-running (40 yr) Mets fans.  Ike has just hit a walk-off GS and I'm wanting Terry to make HIM the starting 1B man,  This after I slobbered all over Duda yesterday.  I'm incorrigible.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Some timely hitting helped support an impressive performance by Gee.  It's way too early to make a determination how well this team will play, but for a couple of days we can be happy.

brosoul
brosoul

People keep saying trade Duda and trade Ike. Guess what? In order for a trade to actually work, another team has to be involved. No one has, or at least publicly, come out and been willing to trade for either player. If it does manage to happen, were not getting a top prospect. A trade would have already been made if the opportunity presented itself.

B Rizos
B Rizos

Nice bounce back from that lousy 0-3 start to the season. Let's get the sweep!

ponzies86
ponzies86

51's 3-0 in the bottom of the first...


Only if the Mets can score at will like their minor league club 

ponzies86
ponzies86

Captain K has six hits for the season and just knocked in a single to score Den Dekker 51's 1-0

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

It was a great win! great fashion, and kudos to IKE...

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Nice win.  Still -- it has been a few hours so let's be a bit honest here -- a couple dubious moves. First, Gee hits a wall around 90/100 pitches. Happened last game. Happened this game. I know the bullpen is dubious. But, he pitched 7 innings this time and then into the 8th. That's very good. Should be able to eke out a few outs. Had to in the long run anyway. You play with the hand you got. Gee is a good 7 inning pitcher.  Second, bunting Recker was a dubious move. But, guess okay -- still, guy isn't a bunter. 


Not taking Gee out is what annoyed me at the time though. But, the Reds show the Mets aren't the only one with a somewhat weak pen -- unless that fill-in closer just had a bad day. Looked pretty bad out there. Also, didn't know the manager could challenge that late. Guess the rule is that the umpire in the late innings ALSO has the power to challenge.


Oh, and so far Lagares is looking good. At the plate -- if he keeps this up, he is a for sure everyday guy. One less question mark.  That helps.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Anyone else see those Yankees stifled by Dickey today? 0-12 from Beltran, McCann and Soriano today. Soriano is 0-16 to begin the season. At least we played decent teams so far- Yankees lost 2 of 3 to the Astros (worst team in baseball) and could lose the series to the Blue Jays tomorrow, and Blue Jays aren't all that good. Looks really bad after all that wasted money on aging position players. Too bad they have no starting pitching or bullpen behind Robertson. 

Whiting & Jardine
Whiting & Jardine

Not to be lost in the shuffle: Lagares had another great game. I am thrilled that he walked twice. He has always had a ton of talent, but he has struggled to be patient at the plate. If he can remain patient, he is going to be fantastic.

eric88
eric88

TC did his best to loose this game and would have if the Cindy reliever didn't implode. He keeps insisting on leaving Gee in past 95 pitches even though it never works, just like his 1st start against the Nats and today. Why doesn't he know what everyone else knows. Also, he forgot to pitch run for Decker in the 9th. Always been a poor ingame Manager.

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson

"i was actually kind of mad at myself for not hitting the first pitch fastball." "my body was out front, but i was able to get the barrel on the ball and hit it over the wall"... this guy hits a walk off grandslam and talks about all the things he did wrong. ike's confidence is so depleted, and i'm afraid it may never come back.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I think missed calls have always evened out in passed seasons, but the momentum killing nature was tough to gauge. This replay stuff could be big.


Not sure I like leaving catcher in to run there, but I guess Terry had a hunch.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@wooferson Not hearing much talk of a market, even from teams where he would probably be an upgrade at 1B.  One good at bat might not improve things. But, hey, I'm all for it.  And, while you are at it, get a SS.

stemog
stemog

@Joe Paulson Murphy not catching that pop fly, yes it was a tough play, cost him 11 pitches. That was an entire inning's worth of pitches for him today.

1harris1
1harris1

@Joe Paulson The bullpen is worse than "dubious", it's awful.  Who are you taking Gee out for?  None of our eighth inning guys are any good (Farnsworth may be the best of the bunch, and he had been released as recently as two weeks ago).


The one I didn't understand was not pinch running for Recker in the ninth inning.  If he had been thrown out at the plate on a single in that inning, Terry would have been hearing it.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Zach Ripple  who cares? let's focus on the mets' issues and not what's going on in the bronx. 

James
James

@eric88  We do need Gee to get past that hump, he won't do it if we keep pulling him, when else are we going to do that if we can't in April?  To me this isn't about the Pen, it is about getting Gee over this issue.

stemog
stemog

@eric88 You only know Gee can't get past 95 pitches because the announcers talked about it for three minutes in the eighth inning today.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

@eric88 While some of TC's moves are questionable at times, he can't trust bp at this point, despite Fridays success. So it's a toss up...

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Who would you pinch run?

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis

It didn't seem to make any sense leaving Recker in. You pinch run Q for him, let Tejada sacrifice the runners over, put Ike in for the pitcher, double switching Tejada's spot in the order for the pitcher, d'Arnaud for Duda, Ike at first, Q at SS.

4EverMets
4EverMets

@cmetsfan I don't think missed calls even out in a season for bad teams. I've seen many calls in the past go against the Mets late in games where they had a big impact on the result. The officials in ALL sports NEVER seem to care about a bad team. They figure, the bad teams suck anyways so it doesn't matter while the better team needs the game more.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@cmetsfan  I'm sure he gets pinch-ran for if Tejada gets the bunt down and there's first and second with one out. Maybe Quintanilla, and D'Arnaud could obviously come in if it's tied for extras. They probably would've walked Ike there if the bunt gets down, and then it's up to EY. All the highlights on SNY and ESPN gloss over how Tejada was trying to bunt, yet the pitcher walked him- they just say "Tejada got on with a walk," but that doesn't articulate just how much Hoover blew that game. 

zoddie
zoddie

Either is fine. One has a higher ceiling, the other is more consistent. Both approaches have merits.

rico
rico

@1harris1  don't think about it too hard Harris everything Collins did today worked.



Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@1harris1 If you are never going to trust your bullpen, including when you have a lead, let's just go home. Gee just last game was stretched too far. It wasn't the 7th. 

They took a chance & he gave up a double. This is very old news -- the guy repeatedly blows it if you stretch him past a certain point. Rice et.al. have to be used. If you aren't going to use them early with leads when you need THREE outs to get to your closer, when are they EVER going to get comfortable. As is, the bullpen actually got the outs. The person who was "awful" today was the REDS "closer." 


I think the other reply basically answered your Recker running question. Tejeda was there to bunt anyhow. If Tejeda failed and he wasn't on third, and you had to score from second, they might have pinch ran. But, not sure who. Who you want? Brown? d'Arnaud? A starting pitcher (Wheeler?).


... the above holds even if you want to be more blunt about the bullpen. Anyway, I don't think Farnsworth is the best arm out of the pen.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

The only bench player who is a major upgrade over Recker is Brown.No point in pinch running Q Flores or Travis.Might have been better to keep those bats available for extra innings.Now if EY was available on the bench your right would have been a no brainer.

Joseph Ramirez
Joseph Ramirez

Nah, part of the Mets fan experience for me is hating the Yankees. 40 plus years and counting.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@4EverMets I think the "make up call" has been a real thing, though the umps have tried to be subtle about it, and whether or not it actually makes anything up, when factoring momentum, is debatable. As far as the umps mentality, I don't know, but they have a lot of power determining the strike zone, is all I want to say right now in response to your view of the officiating.  

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Zach Ripple  Winning run on second...with our bullpen woes...typically you pitch run a slow catcher.  

1harris1
1harris1

@Joe Paulson I think that's an easy second guess after the fact with Gee there.  Let's be honest, if he brings in Rice or Germen, and they cough up the lead in the 8th, many of us would be killing Collins over that.  It's very difficult to trust this bullpen with a one run lead.  You're damned if you do; you're damned if you don't.  They obviously need to somehow address it. 


I didn't say Farnsworth was definitely their best 8th inning guy, but who on the roster is clearly better?  Rice against lefties?  Germen?  Familia?  No smooth sailing with any of those guys.


They did pinch run Wheeler a few times last year (back in the old days, Davey Johnson used to do it with Ron Darling all the time).  I just think that in that situation, you kind of want somebody with more speed than arguably your slowest position player on the roster.  D'Arnaud runs pretty decently for a catcher, and he could have been used there (and stayed in the game, batting in Recker's spot if the game had gone extra innings). And the way he's hit this season, what are we saving his bat for?  But I understand wanting to maximize your bench there.  I suspect if there had been an out or two in the inning, Terry would have used a pinch runner; but with no outs, perhaps he thought it better to wait.

James
James

@4EverMets  It still lessens the sting, rooting for the Yankees to lose is part of the Mets fan DNA.

4EverMets
4EverMets

@Joseph Ramirez I hate the Yankees also but them losing doesn't change the Mets situation.  The Yanks losing doesn't make the Mets a World Series contender. It only keeps their fans quiet for awhile.

4EverMets
4EverMets

@cmetsfan Yea well, there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about called strikes. Remember when the Braves used to get called strikes on pitches a foot outside the plate just 'cause Lopez would setup outside the catcher's box. Used to yell for Piazza to do the same. Of course when Glavine became a Met, he did not get those pitches anymore which is why he sucked here.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@James  Ya just completely undermind talking baseball with nonsensical, contradictory disagreeing. He's not saving that bat since he wants to conserve the pen and there's nobody out in the inning, and Recker is a slow runner who's caught 9 inns already.


Disagreeing with that is like a lonely child or part of a couple that uses lameness to get attention. I'm not your boyfriend, don't try to take me in a circle.


It's trolling.  

James
James

@cmetsfan @The Feels  I don't get how disagreeing with you is "trolling".  It didn't matter this game and he might just feel like it wasn't that big a deal.  I get what you are saying but I can also see the argument that the better move there is to save the bat on your bench.  Biggest thing is it didn't end up mattering.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@The Feels  There's nobody out, Recker spent the entire game squatting, plus played last night. Even if Brown were slow he's on fresh legs, but he plays left, not catcher or first base. plus you could run a pitcher, just cut it out with that disagreement troll stuff, it's so lame.


Plus he left Gee in after 90 pitches, clearly trying to conserve the pen. Risking Recker as the winning run on a base hit, was completely contradictory. Just enough with defending it, other than that it didn't matter this game. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Joe Paulson  STOP THE CONTRARIAN GARBAGE! YOU"D BE RISKING USING THE PEN MORE IF YOU DONT USE BEST SHOT THERE. JUST STOP IT. 

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@cmetsfan @Joe Paulson He's basically the fifth outfielder there for his bat. This doesn't tell me that he is much faster than Recker. He's the winning run (not the tying run) & again, there are other concerns. It was not just some boneheaded move.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@cmetsfan @Joe PaulsonSounds like you don't know. Also, you lose your other key pinch hitter or left with the lesser option in the field. 


I think you worry about it after Tejeda bunts. Recker on third base ... I honestly don't know that the differential in speed would matter.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Joe Paulson It's the frigg'n catcher. Brown probably does, he plays the outfield.



Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@cmetsfan @Zach Ripplewho on the bench do you want running? Does Brown run faster? Tejeda was there to bunt. If anything, after that at bat, I might pinch run (especially if Tejeda fails), but really, not sure if the alternatives were that ideal.