April 12, 2014: Recker Homers in 13th

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Date: April 12, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 7
Angels: 6
Winning pitcher: John Lannan
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Omar Quintanilla, John Lannan, Anthony Recker
Key play: Lagares’s and Quintanilla’s RBI singles, Recker’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Angels on a Saturday night in Anaheim. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Anthony Recker hit a home run in the 13th inning to give the Mets a 7-6 win.

Eric Young drew a walk against Angels’ starter Jared Weaver to lead off the top of the first. Young stole second base and moved to third on Daniel Murphy’s ground out to shortstop Erick Aybar. David Wright was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Collin Cowgill, who then threw to catcher Chris Iannetta for an out at home on Young and a double play to end the inning. To open the bottom half, Cowgill singled and advanced to second on Mike Trout’s ground out back to Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese. Albert Pujols followed with a single to score Cowgill for a 1-0 Angels lead. Niese then got Howie Kendrick to hit a grounder to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for an inning-ending double play.

With two outs in the top of the second, Lucas Duda homered to tie the game at 1-1. Juan Lagares lined out to Cowgill to end the inning and Niese set down the Angels in order in the bottom half. Weaver and Niese each hurled a perfect third and Wright drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Curtis Granderson walked and went to second base as Wright was caught stealing via a throw by Iannetta to third baseman David Freese. Ike Davis flied out to right fielder Kole Calhoun to finish off the inning. Niese then yielded only a single to Trout in the bottom half.

Weaver struck out all three Mets batters in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Iannetta hit a solo home run to put the Angels ahead. Calhoun was called out on strikes to close out the inning and Weaver pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Cowgill homered to extend the Angels’ lead to 3-1. Trout hit a double and Pujols fouled out to catcher Recker. Niese then fanned Kendrick and retired Freese on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares for the inning’s third out.

Granderson drew a one-out walk against Weaver in the top of the seventh. Davis flied out to center fielder Trout and a single by Duda advanced Granderson to third base. Lagares singled to drive home Granderson with the Mets’ second run of the game. Against Angels’ reliever Fernando Salas, Recker hit a single to plate both Duda and Lagares for a 4-3 New York lead. Recker stole second and Salas struck out Quintanilla to end the inning. Niese then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Angels’ reliever Michael Kohn gave up only a single to Wright in the top of the eighth. Niese and the Mets’ Carlos Torres combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning and Davis drew a walk against the Angels’ Dane De La Rosa to open the top of the ninth. Duda flied out to left fielder J. B. Shuck and a single by Lagares ensued. Recker drew a walk against the Angels’ Kevin Jepsen to load the bases. Quintanilla followed with a single to drive home Davis and Lagares for a 6-3 Mets lead. Young was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Murphy went down on strikes. Jepsen then got Wright to fly out to Calhoun and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde retired Pujols on a ground ball to Quintanilla to begin the bottom of the ninth. Kendrick lined out to right fielder Granderson and a single by Freese followed. Aybar drew a walk and Raul Ibanez connected for a three-run homer to tie the game at 6-6. Valverde struck out Iannetta to end the inning and Angels’ reliever Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect top of the 10th. The Mets’ Scott Rice retired both Calhoun and Shuck on infield grounders to start the bottom half. New York’s Gonzalez Germen then got Trout to pop out to second baseman Murphy and finish off the inning.

Angels’ reliever Joe Smith yielded just a single to Quintanilla in the top of the 11th. Germen hurled a perfect bottom half and Granderson got a two-out single against the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker in the top of the 12th. Davis and Duda drew consecutive walks to load the bases and Lagares was struck out to end the inning. Mets’ reliever John Lannan set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half. To begin the top of the 13th, Recker slugged a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Quintanilla singled and moved to second base on Young’s sacrifice bunt. Murphy went down on strikes and Quintanilla advanced to third on a wild pitch. Shoemaker then retired Wright on a fly ball to Trout that closed out the inning.

Calhoun popped out to Quintanilla to lead off the bottom of the 13th. Shuck was retired on a grounder to Murphy. Lannan then got Trout to line out to first baseman Davis and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.

Notes

  • Ibanez’s home run was the 2,000th hit of his major league career