Game Recap: Mets 7, Angels 6

Jose Valverde blew a three-run lead in the ninth, but Anthony Recker hit a home run in the 13th inning to put the Mets over the Angels, 7-6, in Los Angeles on Saturday night >> Read a full AP recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.



Need to Know: Jose Valverde was one out from ending the game, but gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez that pushed the game to extra innings. Anthony Recker hit a solo home run in the 13th inning to break the tie.

Scott Rice, Gonzalez Germen and John Lannan pitched four innings of scoreless relief.

Jon Niese looked strong in his second start since being activated from the disabled list. He threw 96 pitches, let up three hits, including two home runs, while striking out five.

The Mets rallied from behind to score three runs in the seventh inning, then added two runs in the ninth for insurance.

Lucas Duda hit his third home run of the season. He has six hits all year. Omar Quintanilla and Anthony Recker drove in runs with their first hits of the season. The Mets 6-9 hitters (Duda, Juan Lagares, Recker and Quintanilla) had nine hits and all seven RBI.


Reaction from Matthew Cerrone: Valverde has been effective all year. But, you can only put runners on base so often before eventually it bites you. Tonight, it bit him. He put a 1-0 fastball down and in and Raul Ibanez scooped it up and out to tie the game.

Outstanding job by Niese. The bullpen was looked a bit taxed. He gave them a break pitching in to the eighth inning, despite this being just his second start of the year. He looked to be using a lower arm angle. I hope this is by design, in an effort to change his mechanics a bit in response to some of the elbow, shoulder issues he has been experiencing during the last 12 month. In either case, he’s looked very good in both of his starts this year. It would great to get the win Sunday and head to Arizona at .500. Fingers crossed…


What’s Next: The Mets (5-6) conclude their three-game series in Los Angeles with the Angels (5-6) on Sunday at 7 pm ET. Bartolo Colon (1-0, 2.08 ERA) starts for the Mets, CJ Wilson (1-1, 4.61 ERA) starts for the Angels.




29 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

It's official: I hate these blue road unis. Decent idea, but they don't work; the blue ends up looking very dull & washed out under stadium lights, and that shiny "white" of the text & #s is hideous. May we please go back to the real Orange & Blue on Grey unis like an actual MLB team instead of a student marketing project, please?

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Seems like there's been an annual extra innings trap, but this year with Lannan in the pen, Alderson was able to minimize the effects a bit.

thisthingcameapart
thisthingcameapart

I hope this game solidifies Quintanilla's spot in the lineup, at least for a good while. No way we're better off having Tejada in there. His defense is just too weak. We've gotta be consistent with the double play ball, and when Tejada is the anchor, the infield as a whole is insecure. VIVA QUINTANILLA!

Evan LeCompte
Evan LeCompte

Long time reader. Can someone please edit these posts! There is always a grammatical error.

straka82
straka82

I know the game ended late but does metsblog have an editor ?

The bullpen was but looked a bit taxed

Last 12 month

7pm game start ??

Gee whiz

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Nice to see Niese have a strong outing, he looked good.   I hope CY can contribute with some power and a decent OBP.  Then, all that is left is for a serious trade this deadline either for a catalyst type lead off SS, and sign a very good LF this off season, who can hit for power, average and has a proven resume.  A major upgrade at those two positions will put us in playoff topics next year.  We would also love for Duda to be a better hitter or get someone else who is proven there.  I wonder If they play .500 until the trade deadline, would they trade some good young talent to fill a couple major holes and make a push for the wild card ?  Legares is a major main stay in CF.  There should be no talk of him or EY in the lineup.  Instead, it should be both Young's battling for playing time.

zoddie
zoddie

One reason why I love baseball (and small sample sizes):

Mets above .800 OPS-

Omar Q

Recker

Duda

Ike

Lagares

Mets below .636 OPS-

Every single other player on the team

lgmagent0
lgmagent0

Tejada who!?!?!?!?!? We got agent zero #0 #Q 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

With back to back extra innings games where they burned the pen I wonder if there's an arm called up before the afternoon game tomorrow especially since they're on the west coast where their AAA team is.

mets6986
mets6986

Tomorrow is a huge huge game. Dating back till last year the mets really struggled putting together winning streaks, a lot of win 1 loose 1 games. Now lets get it tomorrow

Michael Pinero
Michael Pinero

Now if we can just get over 500 I think it will be a good year.

mets6986
mets6986

Well Ike and Duda got in the lineup together and Duda simply outplayed him. When will a decision be made?

Eric Carlos Torres
Eric Carlos Torres

If we can get the type of production we got from the bottom of the order tonight when Murphy, Wright, and Granderson get going, there's no telling what this team would be capable of.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

The Mets have been picking themselves up nicely after tough loses, even though they nearly gave this one away. Hopefully Bart can get us back to .500.

mets6986
mets6986

Well i gotta show Recker some love. What a night for big reck. Every game he starts he seems to do something to help the team.

mets6986
mets6986

All i can say is wow. Not much else to say.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@thisthingcameapart  I think a righty/lefty platoon, that keeps both players reasonably fresh, is exploration worthy, though Quintanilla should have to start against lefties or sub in late innings at times.


Just like when Chris young comes back, Eric Young should be more of a late inning sub for Chris or platoon with Lagares in certain match ups.  

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@Muhammad Qureshi  The mets could be in playoff contention this year with that, but i get what you are saying for next year. and i agree somewhat, but they need to get a bonafide Closer in here.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@mets6986 Mark is right, Ike's "D" was stellar and way beyond what Duda could provide. Aside from the stretch, could the Dude have make that line drive double play?

zoddie
zoddie

You don't make a decision based on one game. Besides, Ike and Duda have the *exact same* OPS, .836. Let them both prove their value and one will be traded.

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@mets6986 Offensively, yes. Does Duda make those stretches Ike did to help out on D? I don't know.

thisthingcameapart
thisthingcameapart

@cmetsfan Thanks for your reply! Here's my two cents about the platoon strategy the Mets insist on implementing: On the one hand, you're right, keeping two players at this position will guarantee that each player is performing at full strength, and will hopefully be more productive. On the other hand, I find this to be either a lack of confidence in both players( I realize this is pretty much obvious as both the fans and, to some extent the team, has been clamoring for a good, regular, SS), but also it weakens the position as the IF as a unit cannot expect to be completely comfortable with the constant adjustments to the defensive lineup. That goes for 1B as well. My general point is only regarding defense. Yes, it's ideal to have a strong hitter and fielder but, if the defense is so bad that the trust element just isn't there for the rest of the IF, then go with the more capable fielder. I hope this makes some sense hahah