May 25, 2014: Mets Gain Split With D'Backs

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Date: May 25, 2014
Mets starter: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Mets: 4
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Key player(s): Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bobby Abreu, Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker
Key play: Matsuzaka’s and Tejada’s singles, Abreu’s double

The Mets and Diamondbacks faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Coming from behind, the Mets emerged with a 4-2 win over Arizona.

Mets’ starter Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Diamondbacks’ Zeke Spruill hurled a scoreless bottom half and Aaron Hill singled to lead off the top of the second. Martin Prado followed with a triple to drive home Hill with the first run of the game. Cody Ross grounded out to shortstop Wilmer Flores to score Prado for a 2-0 Arizona lead. Chris Owings was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Eric Campbell. Matsuzaka fanned Tuffy Gosewisch to end the inning and Campbell singled with one out in the bottom half. Flores hit a force play grounder to third baseman Prado and a single by Anthony Recker ensued. Matsuzaka singled to bring home Flores and cut the Snakes’ lead in half. Spruill then got Juan Lagares on a force play grounder to shortstop Owings for the inning’s third out.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Matsuzaka shut down the D’Backs in the top of the fifth. Curtis Granderson drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Bobby Abreu hit a double that brought home Granderson with the tying run. Spruill retired both Campbell and Flores on infield ground balls to close out the inning and Matsuzaka pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Recker doubled against Spruill to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada followed with a single to score Recker and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Lagares fouled out to Prado and a single by Daniel Murphy ensued. Against Arizona reliever Trevor Cahill, David Wright hit a single on which Tejada was out at home via a throw by left fielder Ender Inciarte to catcher Gosewisch. Granderson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Cahill then retired Abreu on a pop-up to Owings to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres gave up just a double to Gosewisch in the top of the seventh. Cahill yielded only a single to Recker in the bottom half and New York’s Josh Edgin retired Gerardo Parra on a grounder back to the mound to begin the top of the eighth. The Mets’ Jeurys Familia got Paul Goldschmidt to fly out to center fielder Lagares and retired Cliff Pennington on an inning-ending grounder to Campbell. To open the bottom half, Chris Young walked and advanced to second base on Lagares’s sacrifice bunt. Murphy hit a single to drive home Young with the Mets’ fourth run. Wright drew a walk and Diamondbacks’ reliever Joe Thatcher struck out Granderson. Thatcher then got pinch-hitter Lucas Duda to fly out to Inciarte and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Prado on a fly ball to Lagares to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Miguel Montero went down on strikes and Owings hit a single to center field. Mejia then retired pinch-hitter Eric Chavez on a fly ball to right fielder Granderson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.