July 28, 2011: Mets Beat Reds in Doubles Battle for Sweep

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Date: July 28, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 10
Reds: 9
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): David Wright, Angel Pagan, Lucas Duda, Jason Bay
Key play: Duda’s and Bay’s three-run doubles, Ondrusek’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams combined for a total of eleven doubles in the finale of a four-game series. The Mets emerged with a 10-9 win for a series sweep.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Daniel Murphy singled against Reds’ starter Homer Bailey. Murphy stole second base and scored on a single by David Wright. On his own hit, Wright was caught in a rundown and tagged by first baseman Joey Votto for the inning’s final out. Drew Stubbs walked to lead off the bottom half. Edgar Renteria flied out to left fielder Jason Bay and a double by Votto drove home Stubbs. Brandon Phillips doubled to score Votto for a 2-1 Cincinnati lead. Mets’ starter Chris Capuano struck out Chris Heisey and issued a walk to Jay Bruce. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Capuano then fanned Ramon Hernandez to end the inning.

Each team collected a single and a double, but failed to score in the second and third innings. Murphy drew a walk to begin the top of the fourth. Wright singled and Angel Pagan got a bunt single to load the bases. Bay went down on strikes and Lucas Duda hit a double to drive home Murphy, Wright and Pagan. An ensuing single by Josh Thole plated Duda for a 5-2 Mets lead. Thole moved to second on Capuano’s sacrifice bunt. Bailey then retired Jose Reyes on a ground ball to Votto for the third out of the inning.

Todd Frazier hit a two-out double in the bottom of the fourth. Bailey singled to bring home Frazier with the third Cincinnati run and Stubbs was retired on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Justin Turner. Leading off the top of the fifth, Turner singled to center field. Murphy drew a walk and Wright hit a single that loaded the bases. Pagan singled to drive home Turner. Bay followed with a double to score Murphy, Wright and Pagan, extending the Mets’ lead to 9-3. Bailey was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Sam LeCure, who issued a walk to Duda. Thole flied out to center fielder Stubbs to move the runners to second and third. LeCure got Capuano to hit a grounder on which catcher Hernandez threw to Votto for the inning’s final out. Chris then hurled a perfect bottom half.

LeCure set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Bruce singled and came around to score on a double by Hernandez. Frazier drew a walk and Capuano was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo greeted Acosta with a three-run homer that cut the New York lead to 9-7. Stubbs lined out to shortstop Reyes and a double by Renteria ensued. Acosta retired Votto on a grounder to first baseman Murphy to end the inning. Cincinnati’s Jose Arredondo then limited the Mets to a single by Bay in the top of the seventh.

Heisey hit a double against Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bruce followed with a double (the Reds’ eighth of the game) to drive home Heisey and reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Beato retired Hernandez on a line drive to center fielder Pagan and got Frazier on a grounder to Reyes that closed out the inning. Reyes drew a one-out walk against Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman in the top of the eighth. Jose reached second base on Chapman’s errant pickoff throw and Turner lined out to right fielder Bruce. Chapman retired Murphy on a ground ball to Votto to end the inning. For the Mets, Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect bottom half.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Pagan singled against Reds’ reliever Logan Ondrusek. Pagan stole second base and Bay drew a walk. Duda popped out to third baseman Paul Janish and a walk to Thole loaded the bases. With pinch-hitter Willie Harris at the plate, Pagan scored on a wild pitch for a 10-8 Mets lead. Ondrusek then got Harris to ground out to Votto and finish off the inning.

Votto homered against Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Phillips flied out to right fielder Jason Pridie and a strikeout of Heisey followed. Isringhausen then got Bruce to fly out to Bay and end the game. The Mets had come away with a victory and a four-game series sweep.