July 28, 2012: Davis Hits Three Home Runs

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Date: July 28, 2012
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 3
Diamondbacks: 6
Winning pitcher: Ian Kennedy
Key player(s): Ike Davis, Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra
Key play: Davis’s three homers, Montero’s homer, Parra’s two singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday in Phoenix. The teams played the third of four games in a series at Chase Field. Ike Davis hit three home runs, but it wasn’t enough for the Mets in a 6-3 loss to Arizona.

Diamondbacks’ starter Ian Kennedy retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Gerardo Parra singled against the Mets’ Chris Young to begin the bottom half. Aaron Hill hit a double to drive home Parra and advanced to third base on Jason Kubel’s fly out to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Young struck out Paul Goldschmidt and got Justin Upton on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Jordany Valdespin. Leading off the top of the second, Davis homered to tie the game. Kennedy then set down the next three Mets batters to end the inning.

Miguel Montero drew a walk to open the bottom of the second. Stephen Drew fouled out to shortstop Ruben Tejada and a double by Ryan Wheeler scored Montero. Kennedy went down on strikes and Parra singled to plate Wheeler for a 3-1 D’Backs lead. On his own hit, Parra was caught at second base via a relay throw by first baseman Davis to Tejada for the inning’s third out.

Following a scoreless third, Davis homered for the Mets’ second run with one out in the top of the fourth. Daniel Murphy hit a single and Jason Bay flied out to center fielder Parra. Nieuwenhuis hit a line drive to second baseman Hill for the third out and Upton singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Montero hit a two-run homer and Drew flied out to Nieuwenhuis. Wheeler drew a walk and went to second base on Kennedy’s sacrifice bunt. Parra singled to score Wheeler and increase the Arizona lead to 6-2. Young then got Hill to fly out to Nieuwenhuis and end the inning.

Kennedy and the Mets’ Ramon Ramirez each hurled a scoreless fifth. In the top of the sixth, Davis led off with his third home run of the game. Kennedy set down the next three New York hitters and Ramirez shut down the Snakes in the bottom of the inning. Kennedy and Diamondbacks’ reliever Takashi Saito combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. For the Mets, Manny Acosta pitched a scoreless bottom half.

David Wright drew a walk against Arizona’s David Hernandez to begin the top of the eighth inning. Wright moved to second base on a single by Davis and to third on Murphy’s fly out to Parra. Hernandez fanned Bay and Nieuwenhuis for the inning’s final outs and Acosta struck out Upton to open the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then recorded strikeouts of Montero and Drew to finish off the inning.

D’Backs reliever J. J. Putz retired Josh Thole on a fly ball to left fielder Kubel to start the top of the ninth. Andres Torres reached on a wild pitch third strike and Tejada followed with a single. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston went down on strikes. Putz then struck out Wright to end the game. The Mets had gone down to defeat despite three homers by Davis.

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