June 28, 2011: Mets Slam Tigers With 18 Hits
|Date: June 28, 2011|
|Mets starter: R.A. Dickey|
|Winning pitcher: R.A. Dickey|
|Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran|
|Key play: Bay’s and Beltran’s grand slams|
The Mets faced the Tigers on a Tuesday night in Detroit. The teams played the opener of a three-game interleague series. The Mets hammered out eighteen hits (including grand slams in consecutive innings) in a 14-3 win.
Jose Reyes singled against Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello to lead off the top of the first. Willie Harris popped out to third baseman Brandon Inge and a fly ball by Carlos Beltran was caught by center fielder Austin Jackson. Reyes advanced to second base on Porcello’s errant pickoff throw and came around to score on a double by Daniel Murphy. Angel Pagan doubled to plate Murphy for a two-run Mets lead. Porcello got Jason Bay on a ground ball to shortstop Jhonny Peralta for the third out. For New York, R.A. Dickey pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Josh Thole singled with two outs in the top of the second inning. Reyes hit a single that sent Thole to third base and stole second. Harris lined out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera to end the inning and Dickey gave up just a single to Peralta in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the third, Pagan singled and stole second. Porcello retired Bay on an inning-ending grounder to Inge and the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Dickey then threw a called third strike past Victor Martinez for the inning’s final out.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Thole homered against Porcello for a 3-0 Mets lead. Reyes followed with a triple and scored on a single by Harris. Beltran singled and Murphy hit a single to drive home Harris with the fifth New York run. Detroit reliever Daniel Schlereth threw a wild pitch and walked Pagan to load the bases. Bay slugged a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Schlereth threw a called third strike past Lucas Duda to finish off the inning. Dickey then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Justin Turner drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Thole was struck out and Reyes doubled to left field. Harris was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Beltran hit the Mets’ second grand slam in as many innings for a 13-0 New York lead. Murphy flied out to left fielder Brennan Boesch and a single by Pagan ensued. Schlereth then got Bay on a called third strike to close out the inning.
Ryan Raburn singled to begin the bottom of the fifth. Jackson hit a two-run homer and Boesch flied out to center fielder Pagan. Magglio Ordonez flied out to left fielder Bay and an error by second baseman Turner allowed Cabrera to reach base. Martinez singled and Dickey retired Peralta on an inning-ending fly ball to Bay. Tigers’ reliever Charlie Furbush gave up just a single to Duda in the top of the sixth. Dickey then shut down the Tigers in the bottom half.
Furbush pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Leading off the bottom half, Andy Dirks homered for the third Detroit run of the game. Don Kelly grounded out to Turner. Martinez reached base on a passed ball third strike. Peralta grounded back to Dickey, who followed up with an inning-ending strikeout of Alex Avila. To begin the top of the eighth, Pagan drew a walk against Tigers’ reliever Ryan Perry. Pagan went to second on a balk and to third on Bay’s ground out to Inge. Duda grounded out to first baseman Kelly and a single by Turner plated Pagan with the Mets’ fourteenth run. Perry retired Thole on a fly ball to right fielder Dirks for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston drew a one-out walk against Detroit’s David Purcey in the top of the ninth. Jason Pridie followed with a single for the Mets’ eighteenth hit. Purcey got Murphy to hit a double play grounder to Peralta that ended the inning and New York reliever Manny Acosta retired Boesch on a fly ball to Bay to begin the bottom half. Acosta got Dirks to line out to Turner. Manny then struck out Kelly to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory with a huge hitting attack.