June 26, 2013: Marcum Leads Shutout of Chisox

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Date: June 26, 2013
Mets starter: Shaun Marcum
Mets: 3
White Sox: 0
Winning pitcher: Shaun Marcum
Key player(s): Shaun Marcum, Juan Lagares, Eric Young
Key play: Ramirez’s error, Young’s RBI single

The Mets faced the White Sox on a Wednesday night in Chicago. The teams played the latter half of a two-game interleague series. Shaun Marcum pitched eight innings and recorded his first win of the season in a 3-0 Mets victory.

Marcum and the Sox’ John Danks each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the fifth, Josh Satin hit a single to right field. John Buck went down on strikes and Andrew Brown singled to advance Satin to third base. On his own hit, Brown moved to second on a throw. Juan Lagares reached on an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez to drive home Satin with the game’s first run. Brown also scored on the play as Lagares went to second. Omar Quintanilla grounded out to second baseman Gordon Beckham and a single by Eric Young plated Lagares for a three-run Mets lead. Daniel Murphy singled to send Young to third and Danks retired David Wright on an inning-ending pop-up to Beckham. Marcum then yielded only a single to Brent Morel in the bottom half.

Danks and Marcum each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Young singled against Danks to lead off the top of the eighth. Murphy was called out on strikes and Chicago reliever Nate Jones got Wright to hit a ground ball to Beckham for an inning-ending double play. Marcum set down the side in order in the bottom half. Jones then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell got Alejandro de Aza on a grounder to shortstop Quintanilla to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Ramirez also grounded out to Quintanilla. Parnell then retired Alex Rios on a ground ball to third baseman Wright that ended the game. The Mets had a shutout victory as Marcum chalked up his first win as a member of the team.