July 12, 2015: Nieuwenhuis Triple-Slugs D'Backs

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Date: July 12, 2015
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Diamondbacks: 3
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Murphy's home run, Nieuwenhuis's three home runs

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three home runs in a 5-3 Mets win over Arizona.

Mets' starter Jonathon Niese retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. The Snakes' Rubby De La Rosa pitched a scoreless bottom half and Niese gave up only a single to Welington Castillo in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Nieuwenhus homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Johnny Monell went down on strikes and Ruben Tejada lined out to right fielder Yasmany Tomas. Niese singled and De La Rosa got Juan Lagares to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Nick Ahmed for the ininng's third out.

Chris Owings doubled to open the top of the third. Owings advanced to third base on De La Rosa's sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on Ahmed's ground out to shortstop Tejada. Niese retired A. J. Pollock on a line drive to left fielder Nieuwenhuis that closed out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Daniel Murphy slugged a solo home run to put the Mets back in front. Wilmer Flores flied out to center fielder Pollock and a walk to Lucas Duda ensued. Nieuwenhuis connected for a two-run homer to extend the New York lead to 4-1. Monell singled and moved to third on a single by Tejada. De La Rosa then struck out Niese to finish off the inning.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run to begin the top of the fourth. Niese set down the next three D'Backs hitters to end the inning and Curtis Granderson got a one-out double against De La Rosa in the bottom half. Murphy drew a walk and Flores lined out to left fielder David Peralta. Arizona reliever Oliver Perez fanned Duda to close out the inning. Niese then retired the Snakes on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the fifth.

Against Diamondbacks' reliever Randall Delgado, Nieuwenhuis opened the bottom of the fifth inning with his third home run for a 5-2 Mets lead. Monell was struck out and Tejada flied out to Pollock. Niese walked and advanced to third base on a single by Lagares. Delgado retired Granderson on a pop-up to second baseman Owings that ended the inning and Niese hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Arizona's Andrew Chafin then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Tomas doubled against Niese to lead off the top of the seventh. Castillo was called out on strikes and Aaron Hill flied out to right fielder Granderson. Peralta singled to bring home Tomas with the third D'Backs run of the game. Mets' reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Owings on an inning-ending fly ball to Granderson. Chafin then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell surrendered only a walk to Pollock in the top of the eighth. Daniel Muno hit a double against the Snakes' Daniel Hudson to begin the bottom of the inning. Lagares and Granderson were struck out and Murphy was given an intentional walk. Hudson retired Flores on a line drive to Peralta for the inning's final out and Castillo walked against the Mets' Jeurys Familia with one out in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Nieuwenhuis (who had shifted from left.) Familia then got Peralta to fly out to left fielder John Mayberry and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory on the strength of three homers by Nieuwenhuis.

Notes

  • Nieuwenhuis became the tenth Mets player to have a three-homer game. He was also the first to accomplish the feat in a Mets game played at home.