Going into today's start, Bartolo Colon had pitched in 498 career games and beaten every current team at least once except for one other team. That other team? The Diamondbacks. The 2016 team looked to keep that streak going and started out the game in excellent fashion.
Jean Segura started things off with a leadoff double to right field and Michael Bourn bunted to the pitcher, beating the throw and putting the D-backs in a prime scoring situation with runners on the corners and Paul Goldschmidt at the plate. But like most good things that happen this season, it was squandered away. Bourn was picked off 1st and got into a rundown between 1st and 2nd. The Mets did their best to help out, allowing Bourn to take second easily. But Segura was jumpy at 3rd, and a sharp throw easily had him picked off for the 1st out. Goldy and Lamb struck out and that was the inning. Disappointing.
Thankfully Robbie Ray didn't care and pumped strikes all night long. His pitch count was under control, and the contact was weak. He had a no-hitter through 3 and finished his 7 innings of work giving up just three hits, with two of those in the 4th inning. He struck out 4 and threw a very efficient 98 pitches.
The offense did just enough to support Robbie, giving him a lead as he left. In the 3rd, Segura again reached base on a single. As Bourn struck out, Jean stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd after an arrant throw escaped Travis D'Arnaud. Goldy came in clutch this time around, smacking a single into left to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead.
The D-backs again scored in the 8th inning against a familiar face in Addison Reed. Jean Segura continued his solid day with a line drive double to lead off the inning. Bourn sac bunted, moving Segura up a base and Goldy hit a ball into foul territory, which was deep enough to score Segura and give the D-backs an insurance run 2-0.
Enrique Burgos did his job in the 8th, retiring the side in order. With a 2-run lead, Hale called upon Jake Barrett to close things out. To say he struggled would be an understatement. De Aza walked on six pitches. Granderson struck out and after a pitching visit by Mike Butcher, pinch hitter Kelly Johnson launched a fastball deep into the upper deck of Citi Field to tie the ballgame at 2-2. Adam Loewen came on in relief, allowing a single to Neil Walker before getting a grounder from Jay Bruce for the 2nd out. Hudson came on and retired Flores on a flyout to end the inning and send us to free baseball.
The two teams traded singles in the 10th but nothing came to fruition. The 11th was more of the same, with the D-backs getting a single and the Mets going down in order. The 12th was a different story. Oscar Hernandez, only up and playing because of injuries and babies, hit a deep fly ball to left field that stayed in the air for what seemed like minutes. It drifted back and back and back and wouldn't you know it? Oscar Hernandez hit his first career home run. Randall Delgado was excellent through two innings to pick up the 3-2 win.
BIG APPLE - Robbie Ray (+46.0%), Randall Delgado (+29%) Oscar Hernandez (28.2%)
BIG ORANGE - Jake Barrett (-49.5%)
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Nice turnout for a Wednesday, although the extra innings probably padded the comment totals a tad. Comment of the thread goes to hotclaws for this amazing depiction.
With the series win already locked up, the D-backs will look for the sweep. Join us for the mid day game!