August 16, 2014: Mets Win With Four Hits
|Date: August 16, 2014|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese|
|Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker, Vic Black|
|Key play: Lagares’s double and sacrifice fly, Flores’s single, den Dekker’s walk|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Despite being held to only four hits, the Mets came away with a 7-3 win over Chicago.
Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Cubs’ Dan Straily hurled a perfect bottom half and Niese set down the side in order in the top of the second. Lucas Duda drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Travis d'Arnaud hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Chris Valaika and a single by Matt den Dekker followed. Juan Lagares delivered a ground-rule double to drive home d’Arnaud and send den Dekker to third base. Wilmer Flores singled to score den Dekker and Lagares for a 3-0 Mets lead. On a bunt attempt, Niese lined out to Valaika. Straily then got Curtis Granderson to fly out to center fielder Arismendy Alcantara and finish off the inning.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Welington Castillo homered to open the top of the fifth. Valaika and Straily both went down on strikes and Chris Coughlan grounded out to shortstop Flores to end the inning. Straily retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Niese recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Straily hit David Wright with a pitch. Duda walked and d’Arnaud singled for the Mets’ fourth hit to load the bases. Den Dekker drew a walk to force home David Wright. Against Chicago reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, Lagares hit a sacrifice fly (scoring Duda) on which he reached second via Alcantara’s error that allowed d’Arnaud to come home. Flores was walked intentionally to load the bases. Niese grounded out to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to plate den Dekker and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Cubs’ reliever Wesley Wright then retired Granderson on a grounder to second baseman Javier Baez for the inning’s third out.
Justin Ruggiano hit a home run against Niese to begin the top of the seventh. Alcantara singled and ensuing singles by Castillo and Valaika loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney got an infield single to score Alcantara with the third Chicago run of the game. New York reliever Vic Black retired Coughlan on a line drive to left fielder den Dekker. Black got both Baez and Rizzo on consecutive infield pop-ups to close out the inning. Chicago’s Carlos Villanueva then surrendered only a walk to Duda in the bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Villanueva set down the side in order in the bottom half and New York’s Buddy Carlyle retired Castillo on a ground ball to Flores to start the top of the ninth. Valaika was called out on strikes. Carlyle then fanned pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.