July 1, 2013: Satin and Brown Put Bite on Snakes

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Date: July 1, 2013
Mets starter: Shaun Marcum
Mets: 5
Diamondbacks: 4
Winning pitcher: David Aardsma
Key player(s): Josh Satin, Andrew Brown
Key play: Satin’s and Brown’s singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played a series opener in front of 22,240 fans on hand. Josh Satin and Andrew Brown came through with tying and winning singles as the Mets defeated Arizona, 5-4, in 13 innings.

Aaron Hill was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the first. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and Miguel Montero flied out to left fielder Eric Young. Cody Ross drew a walk and a single by Eric Chavez ensued. Mets’ starter Shaun Marcum got A. J. Pollock on a force play ground ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for the third out. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against the Diamondbacks’ Wade Miley in the bottom half.

Didi Gregorius singled to lead off the top of the second. Gregorius advanced to second base on Miley’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Gerardo Parra’s ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Hill hit a single to drive home Gregorius for a 3-0 Snakes lead. Marcum struck out Goldschmidt to end the inning and Juan Lagares got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Quintanilla singled to send Lagares to third and went to second on Marcum’s ground ball back to the mound. Miley then fanned both Young and Murphy for the inning’s final outs.

Marcum and Miley each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Shaun shut down the D’Backs in the top of the sixth and Satin hit a double against Miley to begin the bottom half. John Buck went down on strikes and Satin advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Lagares was struck out and Quintanilla drew a walk. Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler then fanned pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Young drew a walk against Ziegler to open the bottom half. Eric moved to second base on Murphy’s ground out to first baseman Goldschmidt and came around to score on a single by David Wright. Marlon Byrd hit a single and the Snakes’ Heath Bell got Satin to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Gregorius. Bell then retired Buck on a foul pop-up to Goldschmidt that finished off the inning.

Torres and Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Quintanilla tripled against Arizona’s David Hernandez with one out in the bottom half. On the hit, right fielder Parra was injured and had to leave the game. Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin was retired on a foul pop-up to Goldschmidt. Young hit a double to score Quintanilla and reduce the Diamondbacks’ lead to 3-2. With Murphy at bat, Young advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Hernandez then got Murphy to fly out to left fielder Jason Kubel and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins yielded just a single to Hill in the top of the ninth. Byrd doubled against the Snakes’ J. J. Putz with one out in the bottom half. Satin followed with a single that scored Byrd and tied the game. On his own hit, Satin went to second base via an error by catcher Montero. Buck drew a walk and Lagares flied out to right fielder Ross. With Quintanilla at the plate, Buck got caught off base and was out on Montero’s throw to Gregorius to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the 10th. Arizona’s Chaz Roe pitched a scoreless bottom half and Parnell set down all three D’Backs hitters in the top of the 11th. Wright drew a leadoff walk against Roe in the bottom of the inning. Byrd went down on strikes and Satin grounded out to third baseman Chavez. Buck was given an intentional walk and pinch-hitter Anthony Recker walked to load the bases. Diamondbacks’ reliever Tony Sipp then retired Quintanilla on a line drive to Goldschmidt for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever David Aardsma gave up only a single to Kubel in the top of the 12th. Sipp and the Snakes’ Josh Collmenter teamed up for a scoreless bottom half. Leading off the top of the 13th, Ross hit a home run for a 4-3 Arizona lead. Chavez grounded out to Murphy and a walk to Pollock followed. Gregorius was retired on a line drive to Quintanilla. Aardsma then got Wil Nieves to ground out to third baseman Wright and finish off the inning.

Byrd was struck out to begin the bottom of the 13th. Satin hit a double and Buck was given an intentional walk. Pinch-hitter Matt Harvey’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Quintanilla was walked intentionally to load the bases and Brown came to bat. Andrew delivered a single that brought home Satin and Buck with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory in extra innings.