June 22, 2010: Mets Bite Tigers With 16 Hits

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Date: June 22, 2010
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 14
Tigers: 6
Winning pitcher: Fernando Nieve
Key player(s): Angel Pagan, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Ike Davis
Key play: Pagan’s triple and two-run single, Wright’s single and double, Davis’s double

The Mets faced the Tigers on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game interleague series. The Mets collected a total of sixteen hits in a 14-6 win over Detroit.

Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Jose Reyes singled against the Tigers’ Justin Verlander. Angel Pagan followed with a triple to drive home Reyes with the first run of the game. David Wright hit a sacrifice fly to score Pagan for a 2-0 Mets lead and Ike Davis went down on strikes. Jason Bay walked and stole second base. Verlander then issued a walk to Rod Barajas and got Jeff Francoeur on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Niese shut down the Tigers in the top of the second. Verlander allowed only a single to Ruben Tejada in the bottom half and Niese hurled a scoreless top of the third. To open the bottom of the inning, Wright drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Davis. Bay hit a double to bring home Wright and send Davis to third. Detroit reliever Jay Sborz (in his major league debut) hit both Barajas and Francoeur with pitches to force home Davis. Tejada hit with a force play grounder to third baseman Brandon Inge on which Bay came home with the Mets’ fifth run and Niese was struck out. Reyes singled to plate Francoeur and move Tejada to third. With Pagan at bat, Reyes stole second. Pagan followed with a single that scored Tejada and Reyes for an 8-0 Mets lead and Wright singled to center field. Sborz was then replaced on the mound by Tigers’ reliever Brad Thomas.

Davis greeted Thomas with a double to drive home Pagan and Wright for an eight-run inning and a 10-0 New York lead. Bay and Barajas drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Francoeur lined out to left fielder Brennan Boesch to end the inning. With one out in the top of the fourth, Miguel Cabrera doubled to center field. Boesch followed with a two-run homer and Carlos Guillen grounded out to second baseman Tejada. Inge hit a double to right field. Niese then retired Danny Worth on a fly ball to left fielder Bay that closed out the inning.

Tejada drew a walk to begin the bottom of the fourth. Ruben went to second base on Niese’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Reyes. Pagan doubled to bring home Tejada and make the score 11-2. Wright was given an intentional walk to load the bases and Davis went down on strikes. Thomas then got Bay to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Worth and finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fifth. Austin Jackson doubled to drive home Raburn and scored on an ensuing single by Gerald Laird. Magglio Ordonez’s ground out to third baseman Wright and a fly out by Cabrera to right fielder Francoeur advanced Laird to second and third base. Boesch singled to score Laird and an infield single by Guillen ensued. Inge drew a walk to load the bases and Niese was replaced by Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve. Worth singled to plate Boesch and cut the Mets’ lead to 11-6. Nieve threw a called third strike past Raburn to end the inning. Detroit’s Fu-Te Ni then yielded only a single by Francoeur in the bottom half.

Nieve struck out all three Tigers batters in the top of the sixth. To lead off the bottom of the inning, Reyes reached on a wild pitch third strike and moved to second base on Pagan’s single to right field. Wright doubled to drive home Reyes and send Pagan the third. David advanced to third on Davis’s single that plated Pagan and scored the Mets’ fourteenth run on Bay’s sacrifice fly. Barajas was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Guillen. Ni then got Francoeur to fly out to center fielder Jackson and end the inning.

Nieve and Ni each hurled a scoreless and hitless seventh. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell shut down the Tigers in the top of the eighth and Wright singled against Detroit’s Enrique Gonzalez for the Mets’ sixteenth hit with one out in the bottom half. Gonzalez got Davis on a ground ball to Worth for an inning-ending double play and New York’s Ryota Igarashi retired Laird on a grounder to Wright to start the top of the ninth. Ordonez grounded out to first baseman Davis. Igarashi then got Cabrera to line out to Francoeur and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the series.

Notes

  • This was Sborz’s only appearance ever in a major league game.