Games 89-91: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: 1st Half Ends at Pit Stop

Mets lose two of three in Pittsburgh before the All-Star Break.

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Game 89: Jeremy Hefner

This game was a microcosm of many of the Mets first half losses. A tired team after making a cross country flight from San Francisco, with no off days, sees a starter have a great game, no run support, go to extras, and the bullpen is just a bit worse than the opponent. Jeremy Hefner did what he could to help the team win, going 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on six hits, a walk, and four punch outs. The two runs came via one mistake to Pedro Alvarez, who hit a two-run home run in the first.

Hefner probably could have pitched a complete game but Terry Collins used Valdespin as a pinch hitter to lead off the eighth with the scored tied. It was an understandable decision, he was trying to avoid extra innings, stating after the games that several players told him during the game that they had “no legs.”

AArdsma, Rice, Burke, and Edgin kept the Pirates off the board for the next three innings. Unfortunately with the pen exhausted Collins and Warthen had no choice but to put Gonzalez German into the fire of an extra inning game in his debut and he would give up the winning run.

Game 90: Carlos Torres

The Mets pen was exhausted, and with Harvey skipped to let his blister heal AND/OR curtail his inning limit AND/OR allow him to start the All-Star Game, Carlos Torres was moved from the pen to the rotation to fill his spot. He did all that you can ask of a spot starter: He went five innings and allowed one run, keeping the Mets in the game.

Unfortunately the Mets pen exhaustion took its toll on some of the more recently consistent members; David AArdsma and Greg Burke, who combined to allow 3 runs in an inning and a third. With the Mets stagnant offense a 4 run deficit is too much to overcome as they lost 4-2.

Game 91: Dillon Gee

The Mets avoided the sweep in Pittsburgh and end the 9 game cross-country road trip with a 6-3 record as they beat the Pirates 4-2. Dillon Gee struggled but kept the Mets in the game, throwing 105 pitches to get through 6.2 innings. He struggled much of the game to put away hitters, evidenced by just two strikeouts. Despite that he had only 1 walk and an unearned run off five hits.

Pet Peeve: Dillon Gee’s unearned run came off his own error throwing to 1b. If the pitcher is the one who issues an error, why is the run unearned? A throwing error is as much his mistake as missing location on his pitches.

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Game 89: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Gonzalez German may have the L next to his name, but the Mets offense lost the game. Yes, they were tired but 2 runs in 11 innings is unacceptable. Kirk was one of the few who contributed, going 1-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the seventh. Surprisingly, he also did not record a strikeout.

Game 90: Marlon Byrd

Byrd was once again the word for the Mets weak offense, as he was a factor in both of the Mets runs, going 2-3 with a run and an RBI.

Game 91: Marlon Byrd

Once again Marlon Byrd was the story, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI, including a big double in the first inning.


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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 16

Jeremy Hefner: 14

Dillon Gee: 10

Jonathan Niese: 9

Shaun Marcum: 6

Bobby Parnell: 5

Greg Burke: 4

David AArdsma:3

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Scott Rice: 3

Carlos Torres: 3

Zack Wheeler: 3

Josh Edgin: 2

Jeurys Familia: 2

Rob Carson: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 15

Marlon Byrd: 13

Daniel Murphy: 10

John Buck: 9

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 6

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Josh Satin: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Juan Lagares: 3

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Anthony Recker: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Justin Turner: 2

Jordany Valdespin: 2

Andrew Brown: 1

Eric Young Jr.: 1

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Special Thanks to Sean Engel for the Kiner’s Korner Pitcher and Position Player of the Game graphics. You can follow him on twitter with the handle @SeanEngel05

Posted by Robert Z

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