On a perfect day at Citi Field the New York Mets (21-17) had the Wright kind of comeback in their 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds (19-18) in MLB action on Thursday. New York rallied from a 4-0 deficit to capture the victory, which ties the team’s biggest rally this season.
“These guys are a resilient bunch, they don’t get down when they lose tough games like last night,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of the rally. “They just know they have to come out to play, because the way the line-up is playing right know-everyone knows that they are going to get a chance to be involved and contribute.”
Collins continued by saying, “They stay ready, they watch they prepare and they are a joy to be around.”
The Mets were able to score five times in the eighth inning, which is the clubs highest-scoring inning of the season. The comeback kids struck to earn their seventh win in their last at-bat.
Helping to lead the charge was #5 David Wright who drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to collect his sixth game-winning RBI this season, which ties him for most in the major leagues. Wright doubled twice and walked a season high-tying three times today.
The All-Star has been playing in a different stratosphere as of late, hitting .411 after finishing the day 2-for-2 at the dish, the last player to accomplish the feat through games of May 17 or late was Chipper Jones in 2008.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Collins said of Wrights play as of late. “You just look up and he is on base, and I understand that they are pitching around him-but when the game is on the line he will come through for us.”
There have been many courses throughout the season that Collins compared his current All-Star to Astros-great Jeff Bagwell, when asked about that comparison today the Mets manager had this to say, “When Jeff had his big year we our line-up was very good, I will tell you what I am seeing-what I am seeing is David doing is compared to what (Barry) Bonds did. Bonds hit fifth in the line-up, really not a lot of big bombers in the line-up, but all he kept doing was made the pitchers pay when they threw strikes.”
Wright also scored a season-best three runs today, and has scored 23 times in his last 23 games, dating to April 23. The 23 runs over this stretch are the most in the majors.
On the hill R.A. Dickey sat down a season-best eight batters today, his most since striking out nine on June 22, 2011. The career best for the knuckleball specialist was 10 on May 31, 2011.
New York was firing on all cylinders offensively today, cashing in runs on Reds flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman, who had his season-starting 19.1-inning scoreless streak snapped after allowing an unearned run in the seventh inning.
“When he is in the strike zone you are not going to get many hits off of him,” Collins said. “We had some good at-bats; you had Lucas, Murphy, Wright and Justin Turner.”
Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda both stars finished the game with two hits. In a span of 13 games Murphy is now hitting .423, while Duda is hitting .320 (31-97) in a 29-game-span.
Murphy also made one of the defensive plays of the game in the top of the sixth inning, making a nice catch in foul territory, and then threw a strike home to nail Joey Votto for a crucial double play.
“That play was huge,” Collins said of that game-changing moment. “Murphy has really adjusted to playing second base, which was a tremendous play. I mean he had his back to home plate and to be able to spin and make that accurate of a throw that was a marvelous play.”
Collins continued to say of Murphy, “He loves to win and he loves to play baseball.”
Probably the biggest hit of the game came off the bat of Ronny Cedeno, who was able to drive in a season-best three runs in the eighth inning. For Cedeno that was his first long ball since May 28, 2011 at Wrigley Field.
The guys will now go on a six game road trip, starting in Toronto with an Interleague match-up against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Starting in Game One of a three game set will be Jon Niese (2-1, 3.40 ERA) who will take on Blue Jays righty Ricky Romero (4-1, 3.88 ERA). Though Niese has never faced Toronto, the lefty does have experience with American League opponents holding a 3-2 record with a 4.86 ERA (18 earned runs/33.1 innings pitched) in interleague play.
The Mets/Blue Jays game is slated to air on the SNY network with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
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