Friday, July 27, 2012

The Mets get a jolt from a rookie pitcher who shows dominating stuff in Arizona

The New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks to end a six game losing streak on Thursday night. The game took place at Chase Field in Arizona and the Mets won by the score of 3-1. Matt Harvey was making his major league debut, it was highly anticipated and he didn’t disappoint. Harvey was very good, you would just like more length out of him but that comes in time. The Mets bullpen was excellent especially Josh Edgin. Scott Hairston led the Mets offense, Wade Miley started for the Diamondbacks and pitched pretty well. The Arizona bullpen pitched very well and their offense managed only four hits. 
Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up no runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out 11 which set a franchise record for most strikeouts in your debut. Edgin pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a hit, Jon Rauch pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and Tim Byrdak struck out the only batter that he faced. Bobby Parnell earned his third save of the season pitching an inning giving up two walks but striking out the side. Miley lost his sixth game of the season pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up nine hits and three runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three, Brad Ziegler faced two batters and retired them both and Mike Zagurski pitched one inning walking a batter and striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched one inning, walking one and striking out two and David Hernandez pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.

Ruben Tejada had two hits and a walk, Daniel Murphy had a hit and Hairston had three hits and two RBI. Jason Bay drew a walk, Andres Torres had two hits and Ron Johnson had an RBI. Harvey not only pitched well he got his first two major league hits. Hairston hit two doubles and Harvey had a double. Torres hit a triple and the Mets were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base.

Aaron Hill had a hit and drew a walk, Jason Kubel had a hit and drew two walks and Paul Goldschmidt had a hit. Justin Upton had an RBI and drew a walk, Miguel Montero had a hit and Stephen Drew drew a walk. Ryan Wheeler drew a walk, Montero and Goldschmidt each hit a double. The Diamondbacks were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 men on base.

The Mets halted their six game losing streak. They started their eleven game west coast trip on a good note. The Mets record improved to 48-51 and the Diamondbacks record dropped to 49-50. The two teams will play three more games in this series.

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