April 16, 2014: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of D'Backs

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Date: April 16, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Anthony Recker, Daniel Murphy, David Wright
Key play: Recker’s home run, Gee’s putout in 6th, Murphy’s and Wright’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Wednesday afternoon in Arizona. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-2 win.

Dillon Gee and the Snakes’ Brandon McCarthy each pitched a scoreless first inning. With two outs in the top of the second, Anthony Recker hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. McCarthy struck out Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Gee set down the D’Backs in order in the bottom half. Eric Young got a one-out single in the top of the third. Daniel Murphy was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Mark Trumbo. Young stole second base and David Wright lined out to shortstop Cliff Pennington to finish off the inning. Gee then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Ike Davis singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Andrew Brown followed with a double to advance Davis to third base. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Davis with the Mets’ second run of the game. Recker went down on strikes and Tejada was given an intentional walk. McCarthy retired Gee on an inning-ending line drive to Trumbo. Dillon then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

McCarthy gave up only a single to Murphy in the top of the fifth. Gee held the Diamondbacks to a double by Martin Prado in the bottom of the inning and Brown singled against McCarthy to open the top of the sixth. Nieuwenhuis lined out to Trumbo and a double by Recker ensued. Tejada was walked intentionally to load the bases and Gee grounded out to second baseman Aaron Hill to score Brown for a 3-0 Mets lead. Arizona reliever Joe Thatcher threw a called third strike past Young to close out the inning. Gerardo Parra hit a single with two outs in the bottom half. Trying to advance on his own hit, Parra was out via a throw by shortstop Tejada to Gee (who covered second on the play) to end the inning.

Snakes’ reliever Oliver Perez pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Gee yielded only a double to Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom half and Arizona’s Brad Ziegler hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Prado singled against Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth to begin the bottom of the inning. Pennington flied out to left fielder Young and a single by Tony Campana followed. Farnsworth struck out pinch-hitter Eric Chavez. New York’s Scott Rice then retired Parra on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy to finish off the inning.

Young reached third base on an error by Diamondbacks’ reliever Addison Reed to begin the top of the ninth. Murphy got an infield single to drive home Young. With Wright at bat, Murphy stole second and moved to third on catcher Miguel Montero’s throwing error. Wright singled to score Murphy and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Davis was retired on a fly ball to Trumbo. Reed then got Brown to ground out to Hill and retired Nieuwenhuis on a line drive to center fielder Campana to close out the inning.

Hill hit a home run against Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde to open the bottom of the ninth. Goldschmidt followed with another homer and Montero grounded out to first baseman Davis. Trumbo was struck out and Prado singled to center field. Valverde then got Pennington to line out to Young and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a three-game series sweep.