September 25, 2013: Matsuzaka Leads Four-Hit Shutout of Reds
|Date: September 25, 2013|
|Mets starter: Daisuke Matsuzaka|
|Winning pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka|
|Key player(s): Daisuke Matsuzaka, Eric Young|
|Key play: Young’s single|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 1-0 Mets win.
Matsuzaka and the Reds’ Mat Latos each pitched one-hit scoreless ball in the first and second innings. Wilfredo Tovar was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the third. Tovar advanced to second base on Matsuzaka’s sacrifice bunt and to third on catcher Devin Mesoraco’s passed ball. Eric Young singled to score Tovar with the first run of the game. Justin Turner hit a single and Daniel Murphy grounded to shortstop Cesar Izturis for an inning-ending double play. Izturis doubled to begin the bottom half. Latos popped out to first baseman Lucas Duda and a fly ball by Billy Hamilton was caught by left fielder Young. Shin-Soo Choo drew a walk and Matsuzaka retired Joey Votto on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares for the inning’s third out.
The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth. Matsuzaka hurled a scoreless bottom half and Latos set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Hamilton singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. With Choo at bat, Hamilton was caught stealing second on catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to shortstop Tovar for the inning’s final out. Latos struck out the side in order in the top of the sixth and Matsuzaka pitched a perfect bottom half. Diasuke reached on first baseman Votto’s error with two outs in the top of the seventh. Latos retired Young on a ground ball to Izturis that closed out the inning. Matsuzaka then set down the Reds 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Cincinnati reliever Manny Parra hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Miguel Robinson singled against Matsuzaka to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Zack Cozart’s sacrifice bunt moved Robinson to second base and Hamilton went down on strikes. Choo drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Feliciano got Votto to fly out to Lagares and finish off the inning. For the Reds, reliever Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.
Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins retired Brandon Phillips on a grounder to second baseman Murphy to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Jay Bruce flied out to right fielder Matt den Dekker. Hawkins then got Todd Frazier to fly out to Young and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing shutout victory in their final road game of the season.