April 15, 2014: Mets Whip D'Backs With Three-Hit Shutout
|Date: April 15, 2014|
|Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia|
|Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia|
|Key player(s): Jenrry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Andrew Brown|
|Key play: Nieuwenhuis’s RBI single and homer|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Tuesday night in Arizona. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Phoenix’s Chase Field. Three Mets pitchers teamed up for a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over the D’Backs.
Eric Young singled against Diamondbacks’ starter Bronson Arroyo to lead off the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy hit a single and David Wright singled to load the bases. Lucas Duda followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to score Young and send Murphy to third. Andrew Brown hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Murphy with the Mets’ second run. Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to plate Duda for a 3-0 New York lead. Arroyo got Travis d'Arnaud on a force play grounder to third baseman Martin Prado to end the inning. Mets’ starter Jenrry Mejia then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Arroyo and Mejia each pitched perfect second and third innings. Brown singled against Arroyo to begin the top of the fourth. Nieuwenhuis followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. D’Arnaud drew a walk and Omar Quintanilla hit a double. Mejia was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Mark Trumbo. Young singled to bring home d’Arnaud and Quintanilla for a seven-run New York lead. Murphy hit a single on which center fielder A. J. Pollock made an error that allowed Young to score. Wright singled and Snakes’ reliever Randall Delgado hit Duda with a pitch to load the bases. Brown followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Chris Owings to plate Murphy with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Nieuwenhuis then grounded back to Delgado for the inning’s third out.
Gerardo Parra drew a walk to open the bottom of the fourth. Prado was called out on strikes and Goldschmidt singled to advance Parra to third base. Miguel Montero flied out to left fielder Young and a strikeout of Aaron Hill ended the inning. Delgado surrendered only a walk to d’Arnaud in the top of the fifth and Owings drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Pollock got an infield single and pinch-hitter Eric Chavez grounded out to second baseman Murphy. Mejia then retired Parra on a grounder to first baseman Duda to close out the inning.
Arizona reliever Oliver Perez hurled a perfect top of the sixth. The Mets’ Gonzalez Germen retired the side in order in the bottom half and Perez gave up just a single to Nieuwenhuis in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Owings singled for the Diamondbacks’ third hit. Pollock flied out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis to finish off the inning and Young singled against the Snakes’ J. J. Putz with one out in the top of the eighth. Putz retired Murphy on a fly ball to Trumbo and got Wright to hit a force play ground ball to Owings that ended the inning. Germen then set down the D’Backs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Arizona’s Addison Reed pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth got Goldschmidt to line out to third baseman Wright to start the bottom of the inning. Montero was retired on a line drive to Young. Farnsworth then struck out Hill to end the game. The Mets had a solid shutout victory.