September 24, 2013: Four-Run 2nd Buries Reds

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Date: September 24, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Wilfredo Tovar, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Tovar’s single, Murphy’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored four runs in the second inning for a 4-2 win.

Reds’ starter Mike Leake pitched a scoreless top of the first. Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips got back-to-back singles against the Mets’ Jonathon Niese to open the bottom half. Joey Votto was called out on strikes and Ryan Ludwick hit a single on which center fielder Juan Lagares made a throw to catcher Travis d'Arnaud for an out at home on Choo. Niese then threw a called third strike past Jay Bruce for the third out.

Mike Baxter hit a double against Leake to lead off the top of the second. D’Arnaud took a called third strike and Wilfredo Tovar singled to drive home Baxter. On his own hit, Tovar advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. Niese followed with a single on which right fielder Bruce threw to catcher Devin Mesoraco for an out at home on Tovar. Eric Young hit a ground-rule double to send Niese to third. Daniel Murphy slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. David Wright singled and Cincinnati reliever Zach Duke got Lucas Duda on a force play ground ball to shortstop Zack Cozart for the inning’s third out.

Todd Frazier doubled against Niese to begin the bottom of the second. Cozart grounded out to shortstop Tovar to advance Frazier to third base. Mesoraco followed with a ground out to Tovar that brought home Frazier with the Reds’ first run of the game. Duke hit a single and Choo lined out to left fielder Young to end the inning. Lagares singled to open the top of the third. Baxter went down on strikes and Lagares went to second on a wild pitch. D’Arnaud drew a walk and Tovar’s ground out to Cozart moved the runners to second and third. Duke fanned Niese to close out the inning. Jonathon then struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half.

Duke shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Niese yielded only a double to Cozart in the bottom of the inning and Reds’ reliever Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Shoo tripled to begin the bottom half. Phillips drew a walk and Votto hit a double play ground ball to Tovar on which Shoo came home with the second Cincinnati run. Ludwick fouled out to third baseman Wright to finish off the inning and Ondrusek set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Niese then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Reds’ reliever J. J. Hoover retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Niese set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Cincinnati’s Sean Marshall hit Duda with a pitch to open the top of the eighth. Lagares followed with a force play grounder to third baseman Frazier. With Alfredo Simon on the mound for the Reds, Lagares was caught stealing on Mesoraco’s throw to second baseman Phillips. Simon retired pinch-hitter Josh Satin on an inning-ending ground ball to Cozart. Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison then set down the side on three consecutive infield grounders in the bottom half.

Simon pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Vic Black struck out Bruce to start the bottom of the inning. Frazier reached first base on a third strike wild pitch. Cozart then grounded back to Black for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a victory over the Reds.

Notes

  • The save for Black was the first of his major league career