Sunday, August 9, 2015

The New York Mets lose a close one to the Tampa Bay Rays

The New York Mets were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.  The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 4-3 Rays.  Bartolo Colon pitched ok and the bullpen was good.  Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each had two hits to lead the offense. 

Colon pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up nine hits and four runs with no walks or strikeouts.   Eric O'Flaherty pitched to one batter and retired him and Bobby Parnell pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one. 

Chris Archer pitched six innings giving up four hits and three runs with four walks and ten strikeouts.  Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one and won his second game.  Steve Geltz pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one and Jake McGee saved his sixth game of the season pitching an inning with a strikeout. 

Curtis Granderson had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Murphy had two hits and two RBI and Cespedes had two hits.  Juan Uribe drew a walk, Wilmer Flores had a hit and drew a walk and Kevin Plawecki drew a walk.  Murphy hit a double and the Mets were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. 

John Jaso had two hits and three RBI, Evan Longoria had a hit and Logan Forsythe had two hits.  Richie Shaffer had three hits and an RBI, Brandon Guyer had a hit and Rene Rivera had a hit.  Rivera and Jaso each hit a double and Shaffer hit a homerun.  The Rays were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. 

In the second Granderson drew an RBI walk adn Murphy hit a two run single to make it 3-0 Mets.  In the third Jaso hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 3-1 Mets.  Jaso hit a two run double in the fifth to tie the game at three and in the seventh Shaffer hit a solo homerun to give the Rays a 4-3 lead and that would be the final score.  The Mets will return home to play the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.  It is the beginning of a four game series. 

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