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Hyannis Mets Game Stories
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Playoff Hope Dwindles for Mets
HYANNIS - The Bourne Braves ended the Mets' four game winning streak Tuesday night at McKeon Park 3-2, and in doing so delivered a heavy blow Hyannis' playoff hopes. With the win, Bourne moved to 22-13-2 on the season and officially clinched a playoff spot with 48 points.
Josh Workman (Wichita State) started the scoring for the Braves, with a solo home run to right field in the first inning off of Mets starter Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine). The Mets would answer with a run in each of the first two innings, with rallies that could have easily amounted to much more.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Joe Kent (Oklahoma State) walked three consecutive batters and Dan Brewer (Bradley) followed with a sacrifice fly to tie it at one. Kiko Vazquez (Central Florida) would register a basehit to reload the bases, but the Mets would leave them loaded.
The bases found themselves all occupied by Mets again in the second inning, and again Hyannis could push across only one run. Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to eight games and give Hyannis a 2-1 lead as Phil Bell (UAB) came in to score.
After facing fourteen batters in two innings, the night was done for Kent who allowed the two earned run on four hits, while walking four and striking out a pair. The Bourne bullpen though was the story of this game, as Jesse Haney (UNC Wilmington) worked two innings and earned the win, followed by a trio of relievers, who all pitched shutout ball.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ben Guez (William & Mary) and Bill Perry (Hartford) reached to lead it off, were sacrificed over and both came around to score on a very strange play. Kevin Hoef (Iowa) hit a ball into the ground back to the mound, Stowell came off to field it and when he made his throw, the ball and Hoef arrived at first base at the same time, as Hoef knocked the glove off the hand of the first baseman Vazquez. It gave Stowell an error, and the Braves the two runs they would need to take the lead and hold onto it for good.
Stowell went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, just one earned. He walked three and struck out eight as well. Jordan Flasher picked up his ninth save of the year with a one-two-three ninth.
The Mets have two straight off days before traveling to Falmouth on Friday in what amounts to a do or die matchup with the Commodores.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Hudson's Strong Outing Topples Whitecaps
Austin Hudson (Central Florida) pitched eight strong innings against Brewster tonight at Mckeon Park as the Mets cruised by the Whitecaps 12-2. After a leadoff hit from Blake Tekotte (Miami) and an RBI single from Yonder Alanso (Miami), follwed by another RBI single fromCharlie Cutler (Cal), it looked like we were going to be in for a long night. However the Mets bats bounced back to even the score at two. Joey Gonzalez (UC Riverside) started it off with a walk, followed by a single from James Darnell (South Carolina) and a double by Dan Brewer, (Bradley) that was four feet from going over the fence scoring both Gonzalez and Darnell to put the Mets back in the game.
Hudson settled right down after the first inning fanning five batters and not allowing a baserunner past first for the next seven innings. His slider had lots of movement and was gettting alot of batters to hit weak fly balls that didnt leave the infield.
The Mets All-Stars didn't disapoint tonight either. Dan Brewer showed why he will be starting DH in tommorrow's All-Star game in Wareham going two for five, with two doubles,a run scored and four RBI, and Shane Peterson (Long Beach) was right there with Brewer going two for three woth two runsand a stolen base.
After a five run eighth inning to put the Mets at twelve, Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine) game in in the ninth to realieve Hudson. After giving up a bloop single to Yonder Alanso, Alanso got greedy on a wild pitch that he misread the hop because it bounced right back to Francis Larson (UC Irvine) who was in perfect position to throw out Alanso at second. Getting the next two batters to strike out and groundout, the Mets continued their winning streak as they head into All-Star weekend.
Hyannis does not play until Monday when they are at Harwich, but you can catch some Mets in action tommorrow in Wareham for the annual Cape Cod League All-Star Game. James Darnell, Dan Brewer, Shane Peterson, Garrett Sherrill, and Tyler Stohr are representing your Mets, with Peterson starting on outfield and Brewer starting DH.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Daly Dominates Gateman
HYANNIS- Matt Daly (Hawaii) quietly posted his best and likely the best pitching performance seen in the Cape Cod League this season at McKeon Park. Daly, who came into the game 0-4 on the season and had struggled to find his way out of the fifth inning in his previous starts, but put everything together against Wareham on Thursday night. Going all nine innings Daly no-hit the Gateman en route to picking up his first win of the CCBL season and the Mets cruised to a 4-1 victory.
Daly was very efficient as he mowed down all three Gateman batters in the first. After walking Luke Murton (Georgia Tech) and Jason Ogata (Oregon State) in the second inning, Russ Moldenhauer (Texas) grounded into a double play that advanced Murton to third. Trying to catch Murton sleeping, Mets catcher Shea Robin (Vanderbilt) overthrew third baseman James Darnell (South Carolina) as Murton advanced home to put the first and final run of the game on the board for Wareham.
The Mets tied the game in the fourth inning when Kiko Vazquez (Central Florida) reached on a two-out error by Ben Booker. Ryan Jackson (Miami) then doubled in Vazquez to tie the game at one run apiece.
Shea Robin put the eventual game winning run on the board in the sixth inning when he blasted a Tyler Tufts fastball over the left field wall. Vazquez again reached and scored on a Gateman error to round out the Mets half of the sixth.
With the no-hitter still intact Matt Daly entered the seventh inning with a mere 100 pitches. Daly made quick work of the first two Gateman batters retiring them in eight pitches. Luke Murton stepped in with two outs in the top of the seventh and blasted a first pitch fastball 395 feet on a frozen rope to center field. Mets center fielder David Macias got a great jump on the Murton line drive and made an amazing diving catch at the warning track in true web gem fashion.
Shea Robin scored again in the seventh inning as he drew a one-out walk. Robin advanced to second on a Kiko Vazquez single, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a perfectly executed Cape Cod squeeze as Gateman catcher Matt Garrity allowed himself to be handcuffed by a Jeff Dietz fastball.
With the scoring out of the way and unknown to many fans, players and coaches Matt Daly took a gem of a no-hitter into the ninth inning. Daly struck out Gateman catcher Brian Garrity on five pitches. And as is many times the case with one out and a no-hitter intact in the ninth inning with the winning team ahead by three runs, a bunt was attempted in an effort to break up the said no-hitter. Fortunately for all parties involved Daly did the usual for the night and made a tremendous defensive play to grab the second out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the no-hitter still in play Matt Daly faced Gateman pinch-hitter Dominic Delaosa. With a 2-2 count and all of the fans on their feet at McKeon Park, Matt Daly struck out Delaosa to retire the side and the game in truly dramatic fashion.
The Mets are in action again Thursday night as they travel to Bourne to take on the Bourne Braves.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Red Sox All-Stars take Mets deep
HYANNIS – It was over just as quickly as it began Tuesday night in Hyannis, as Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine) gave up six runs early, and the Mets dropped the game 8-2 to the league's best team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Sean Ochinko (LSU), Jason Castro (Stanford), and Aaron Luna (Rice) all homered for Y-D in the victory that moved the Red Sox to 23-10-1. Hyannis fell to 13-19-2 on the year.
The Red Sox got on the board right away, as three of the first four men reached base, including a run scoring double from All-Star Gordon Beckham (Georgia) that plated Grant Green (USC). With two on and one out, Ochinko delivered his sixth home run of the season, a three run shot. In the top of the second, Yarmouth-Dennis added on when Joey Railey (San Francisco) reached on a single to lead off and came around on Castro’s third of the year.
Those two innings would be it for Stowell, who gave up six earned runs on seven hits and struck out one. Red Sox starter, Jerry Sullivan (Oral Roberts), pitched six shutout innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out four.
Hyannis would scratch out their two runs in the eight when Joey Gonzales (UC Riverside) delivered a bases loaded double to score Francis Larson (UC Irvine) and Patrick Long (Georgia Tech). The Mets would squander the rest of the inning though, leaving the bases loaded.
After scoring a run in the top of the sixth, Y-D added one last run in the top of the ninth on an Aaron Luna solo shot to make it 8-2, which is how it would end. Stowell (1-3) took the loss, while Sullivan (1-0) earned the win in his Cape League debut.
Yarmouth-Dennis continues to lead the East, while Hyannis will continue to sit in third place in the Western Division. Hyannis places a makeup game Wednesday night at home against Wareham, a 5:00 P.M. start.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Mets snap Commodres win streak at 8
HYANNIS - The Mets got out to a quick start and didn't look back until the ninth in defeating the Falmouth Commodores 8-7 Friday at McKeon Park. Hyannis scored four runs in the first inning,as the first five men in the inning reached base. David Macias (Vanderbilt) and Joey Gonzales (Cal Riverside) singled to lead off the game. Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) hit into a fielder's choice, and South Carolina's James Darnell followed with his fifth home run of the season. The very next batter Dan Brewer also homered, it was his fourth, to put the Mets up 4-0.
Falmouth got on the board in the fourth thanks to a Connor Gillaspie two run shot that cut the lead to two. Hyannis would get them all back in their half of the inning and then some. Shea Robin (Vanderbilt) walked to start the inning, followed by a Ryan Jackson (Miami) single, and they both came into score on another hit from David Macias. Peterson would knock Macias in to make 7-2, Hyannis.
That inning would chase Falmouth starter, Aaron Shafer (Wichita State), who went 4 innings, giving up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Gillaspie would hit his second home run of the day to knock Matt Daly (Hawaii) out of the game. Daly went 4.2 innings and gave 3 earned runs on 6 hits and struck out 5.
Hyannis scored one more in the fifth to finish their scoring and they would need it all. With the score 8-5 going into the ninth, Tyler Stohr (North Florida) came on to close it out and gave up two runs, as well as leaving to men on base, to leave Mets' fans hearts pounding until the very end.
Stephen Penney (Cal Riverside) picked up the win in relief and Shafer took the loss. The Mets play at home again tomorrow, playing host to the Bourne Braves at 5:00 P.M.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Fog Beat Mets 4-3
After morning and afternoon overcast, it was no surprise by the time 7pm rolled around at Veterans Field in Chatham that the foggy night would come into play later on. The teams were only able to play four and a half innings, but it still counted in the record books as a Mets loss. Bryce Stowell (Cal Irvine) got the nod Thursday night against the A's, but just didn’t have it tonight, it was a rollercoaster ride from the get go.
Stowell started off by striking out Addison Johnson (Clemson) on four pitches, then proceeded to walk Kyle Seager (UNC), and got Jermaine Curtis (UCLA) to ground to first. He had an 0-2 count on Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest) but hit him with a breaking ball that got away. With two outs and two men on things weren’t terrible, but anything can happen in this crazy game. Tim Federowicz (UNC) came to bat, with a 1-2 count and on the fence, the ball got away from catcher Francis Larson causing both runners to advance. Things were a little more hairy with an even count and two men in scoring position, however Stowell mangaged to come back with a high fastball that Federowicz couldn’t lay off. In the bottom of the second he settled down and got both Jeremy Synan (NC State) and Scott Lyons (Mt. San Antonio) to strike out, then having Sean O'Brian (Virginia Tech) to fly out to left.
The bottom of the third is when the fog started to come into play. A hard hit ball to left from Andrew Crisp (South Carolina) sparked a rally. Next batter up was Addison Johnson who hit a routine fly ball to Joey Gonzalez (Cal Riverside) in left, but it he lost it in the fog that was being magnified by the lights in Chatham. With Crisp advancing to third on the alleged error on Gonzalez, Kyle Seager came to bat and hit a line drive up the middle to score Crisp. Stowell looked like he was battling back with a 2-2 count on Jermaine Curtis, he threw a fastball a little too far inside hitting the second batter of the game. Allan Dykstra came to bat and three pitches later he hit bases clearing double into the gap in right center that looked like center fielder David Macias (Vanderbilt) and right fielder Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) both had a chance, but once again it looked like both lost it in the horrendous fog.
The Mets put up three runs from a solo homer by James Darnell in the Top of the first, and an RBI triple from Gonzalez that scored Macias, and an RBI single from Peterson to score Gonzalez. However the score might be looking a little different right now if not for a blown call by the second base umpire. Before David Macias, Patrick Long (Georgia Tech) battled back from 0-2 to walk. Never the less, the game was put into the hands of the umpire once again when Macias executed a perfect drag bunt that caught the defense off guard forcing the first baseman to throw to second, but after Long had already reached second the umpire decided to call him out.
Things may have turned out different if not for that call, or if the umpires could have came to the conclusion that when it’s foggy, and playing under the lights, it may be a little hard to pick up the ball. Never the less, I think the call to end the game was correct, too bad it only took them four and a half innings and an unofficial rain delay time of forty three minutes.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Darkness falls, as do Mets
HYANNIS - The Hyannis Mets fell to the Harwich Mariners Sunday night at McKeon park by the score of 7-5 in 8 innings. The game was called due to darkness after a bottom of the eight inning in which the Mets had started a comeback, but fallen just short; this was a theme throughout the night.
Things were looking good for Hyannis through four innings, as they were getting a good start from Andrew Doyle (Oklahoma) and had received timely hitting. A Kiko Vazquez (Central Florida) double in the first plated one run, while a Joey Gonzales (Cal Riverside) two bagger scored another in the third. All of this while Doyle had given up just a solo home run to Jake Opitz (Nebraska).
The wheels came off for Doyle in the fifth and he was chased in the sixth. In inning number five, with two outs he walked Steve Strausbaugh (Western Carolina) and allowed a base hit to Alex Avila (Alabama). Kent Matthes (Alabama) followed, hitting a towering home run, his first of the year, to put Harwich on top for the duration.
Doyle would exit with one out in the sixth and a man on board. Chris Dominguez (Louisville) would eventually come around to score on a Terrence Dayleg (Western Kentucky) single. Doyle's final line would read 6.1 innings, 9 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 home runs.
Hyannis got a run back in the seventh on a Gonzales sacrifice fly that allowed Phil Bell (Alabama-Birmingham) to score, but the Mariners put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth with two more talies. Dayleg scorched a one out double, followed by a Kyle Day (Michigan State) single that scored Dayleg. Day would come around on a double by Avila.
The Mets tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning, the game's last, as the first five men in the inning reached base. With the score 7-3, Shea Robin (Vanderbilt) and pinch-hitter Dan Brewer (Bradley) had consecutive singles, followed by a Ryan Jackson (Miami) walk. Dale Cornstubble (Central Michigan) then delivered his biggest hit of the year, a double down the left field line the scored two, but left Jackson out to dry at the plate.
With one out in the inning, and a man in scoring position on second base, David Macias, grounded into an around the horn double play to end the game. Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern) picked up the win in five innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits, while Doyle took his first loss of the season.
The Mets travel to Falmouth on Monday for a 7:00 P.M. start time at Guv Fuller Field. The team is off on Tuesday before returning home on Wednesday to host the Wareham Gatemen.
Franzblau silences Cotuit with impressive performance
The Mets got the dominant pitching effort they needed on Saturday, with Jason Franzblau pitching eight strong innings. Playing against the Kettleers in Cotuit, Franzblau allowed a single earned run while striking out eight. His effort would be more than enough for the Mets offense, which pushed across 6 runs on 11 hits in the game.
Hyannis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. Center fielder David Macias led off the inning with a walk, advancing to third on a single by second basemen Scott Elmendorf. Two batters later, third basemen James Darnell would single him in. The Mets then loaded the bases with a walk to right fielder Dan Brewer and an ensuing passed ball by Cotuit pitcher Rex Brothers scored Elmendorf from third. The Mets added their third run of the day in the third inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. With shortstop Ryan Jackson at the plate, he grounded into a double play, with Darnell scoring from third. The Mets would later add an unearned run in the seventh. Three hits in the ninth by first basemen Shane Peterson, Brewer, and DH Kiko Vazquez helped push across two more runs for the Mets.
Franzblau was indeed the story of the day. Pitching three 1-2-3 innings, Franzblau never found himself in much trouble during the matchup. His one earned run allowed came in the sixth, when he allowed a home run to Cotuit catcher Robert Stock. With Tyler Stohr finishing off the ninth, Franzblau was able to improve his record to 2-3. The Mets will play again today at 5 pm at McKeon Field, where they will take on the Harwich Mariners.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Deja vu as Mets lose 3-2
NEW BEDFORD -- The scene was very familiar in the Mets' return trip to New Bedford's Paul Walsh Field last night. The Mets found themselves in a tight, low-scoring game that ended with a score of 3-2. Unfortunately, this time the Wareham Gatemen came out on top, to reciprocate a 3-2 win by the Mets in the Whaling City last July.
For the second time in the last week, a Mets starting pitcher left the mound to an ovation during the eighth inning having allowed only one run. However, the Mets bullpen was unable to aide Austin Hudson (Central Florida) on Friday in a scene reminiscent of Jason Franzblau's (Winthrop) performance in a loss to Brewster last Saturday.
Hudson (1-1) was stellar over the course of a seven-plus inning no-decision. The lanky righthander allowed only six hits and one earned run. He notched a season high nine strikeouts while issuing only one walk. Hudson had three one-two-three innings, and also struck out the side around a single in the second inning.
Hudson joined the ranks of teammates Franzblau, Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine), and Matt Daly (Hawaii), who all threw their best individual games of the season this week. Despite the four quality starts, the Mets' record in said games was only 1-3, and they remain mired in fourth place in the Western Division going into Saturday's action.
Offensively, the Mets saw an auspicious start to their Friday night, only to quickly witness a harsh twist of fate. After Phil Bell (UAB) began the game with a base hit off of Wareham's Andy Oliver (no decision, 1-1), Dan Brewer (Bradley) slammed his second double in as many at bats. With runners at second and third and nobody out, Shane Peterson smashed a line drive toward third base. Instead of reaching the outfield to drive in two runs, it was snagged on a line by Gatemen third baseman Dominic de la Osa, who tagged a retreating Bell for the unassisted double play. After walking the bases loaded, Oliver struck out Ryan Jackson (Miami) to halt the best Met offensive threat of the evening, including their run-scoring innings.
Peterson was robbed of a hit, and ultimately robbed of a long hitting streak. Peterson tried in vain to extend his hitting streak to sixteen games, finishing 0 for 4. Peterson reached base in the eighth inning on a close play at first base, but the official scorer's ruling was an error charged to Wareham shortstop Beamer Weems.
Brewer, who went 2 for 4, collected his seventh double of the season in the sixth inning. After advancing to third on a fly out by James Darnell (South Carolina), Brewer scored on the famed Cape Cod squeeze play, a two-out wild pitch from Oliver which tied the game at 1-1. The Mets took a brief 2-1 lead in the seventh when David Macias (Vanderbilt) singled to drive in Patrick Long (Georgia Tech) to temporarily put Hudson in line for the victory.
Garrett Sherill (2-2, Appalachian State) took the loss in relief for the Mets after allowing two earned runs in the bottom of the eighth, with the winning run scoring on an RBI single by Blake Dean. Jeff Deitz (1-0) picked up the win in relief, going an inning and two thirds without allowing a run. Wareham's Chris Hicks converted his fourth save of the season with a rocking chair ninth inning.
NOTES: There was a festive atmosphere last night at Walsh Field as part of Mayor Scott W. Lang's efforts to bring the Cape Cod League to New Bedford. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Both the National Anthem and God Bless America were impressively performed by Miss Massachusetts Valerie Amaral. Amaral, a senior Political Science major at UMass Dartmouth, was crowned on June 23 and will compete in the next Miss America pageant.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Gibson shuts down Mets
The Mets fell to 9-13-2 with their loss to the Falmouth Commodores on Thursday night. Commodore pitcher Kyle Gibson thorougly shut down the Mets, going 7 and 1/3 innings only allowing one hit. Hyannis managed only five hits in the entire game, while committing five errors of the combined eight errors in the game.
The Mets had Matt Daly on the mound to start the game. Daly, out of the University of Hawaii, pitched effectively but ended up with the loss. He tossed 6 and 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, but only one earned. That run came in the first when consecutive singles left Commodore Joey Wong on third. An ensuing ground ball by third basemen Conor Gillaspie scored Wong and got the Commodores out to an early lead. The Mets were undone once again in the third by their fielding. Hyannis third basemen James Darnell fumbled a grounder and then threw the ball away past first basemen Shane Peterson. Wong then singled, scoring center fielder Chris Hopkins from third.
The Commodores would put the game away by scoring three runs in the seventh. The inning began with an error by second basemen Scott Elmendorf. Commodore catcher Andrew Giobbi, who reached on the error, scored after a sacrifice bunt and a single, by DH Phil Carey and center fielder Chris Hopkins, respectively. After a walk to leadoff hitter Joey Wong, Daly's night was over. Hunter Harris took over, allowing a single to center by second basemen David Adams. Harris would let another run come across via a wild pitch before the inning was over.
The Mets scored all of their runs in the bottom of the 8th, when a double by Peterson scored DH Joey Gonzales and catcher Shea Robbin. With Peterson on second, third basemen James Darnell flied out to end the inning. The Mets play next tonight at Walsh Field in New Bedford. They will be looking for their tenth win of the season as they take on Wareham at 7pm.
Mets extend losing streak, fall to Cardinals
The Mets managed to collect 10 hits, but managed only one run in a losing effort to Orleans. The Mets, who have lost three straight, surrendered all seven runs in the first two innings. Starter Austin Wood was shelled, as he was responsible for all seven coming across the board.
Orleans got on the board in the first with doubles by Alden Carrithers and Dennis. The onslaught really caught steam in the bottom of the second. Wood could not seem to locate his pitches, but his defense didn’t help him either. The inning began with a walk, a bunt single, and an error by catcher Dale Cornstubble. Third basemen Patrick Long committed an error on the next play on a sharply hit ball, scoring Orleans center fielder Eric Reese. A double, sac fly, and a hit by pitch would follow. Wood’s unraveling culminated with a wild pitch and a single. In all, Orleans pushed across all of their seven runs in the inning. Wood’s day was over after the single, as he was relieved by James Jolicoeur.
The Mets managed to score their lone run in the top of the third. Three singles in the inning by Cornstubble, first basemen Shane Peterson, and center fielder Dan Brewer produced the run. The Mets threatened again in the fourth when they had the bases loaded with only one out. However, on par with Sunday’s game against Bourne, they could not capitalize. Left fielder Phil Bell popped out to second base, and right fielder Joey Gonzales flied to left to end the inning.
On a bright note for the Mets, their bullpen managed to finish the game pitching 6 and 1/3 innings of two hit relief. The trio of Jolicoeur, Ricardo Pecina, and Tyler Stohr shut down the Cardinals, allowing only one walk while striking out nine. The Mets will look to end their losing streak when they host the Cardinals at McKeon Park today at 5pm. The game is a continuation of the Friday rainout, and will begin where the game left off, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Bourne edges Mets
Hyannis fell to 7-11 as the Western Division leading Bourne Braves upended the Mets 5-4. Squandered opportunities would be the theme of the day for Hyannis, which left 16 runners on base. Scott Elmendorf led the team in this category, leaving 7 runners on. This did not help the cause of pitcher Andrew Doyle, who allowed 3 earned runs through 5 and 2/3’s innings. Doyle pitched effectively, but ended the day with a no decision, giving up 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8.
The Mets struck early in the first when a bases loaded walk to third basemen Dan Brewer scored a run. However the Mets could not further capitalize as second basemen Scott Elmendorf bounced into an inning ending double play. Bourne did not take long to answer Hyannis’ first inning run, scoring its first in the bottom of the 2nd on a two out double by outfielder Bill Hall. In the top of the fourth, two walks and a single left the Mets with the bases loaded and only one out. Consecutive singles by Phil Bell and Shane Peterson scored 2 runs for the Mets, as they went up 3-1.
The Mets later came close to adding their fourth run in the top of the 6th. With runners on first and second, Shane Peterson hit an infield fly where he was ruled automatically out. What seemed as a dead play was revived by the alert base running of outfielder Joey Gonzales. Noticing that the third basemen Bill Perry was in the middle of the infield catching the pop up, Gonzales promptly tagged and beat the fielder to the vacant base in a thrilling dash. Gonzales’ efforts would go for naught however. After first basemen Kiko Vazquez struck out, Brewer was intentionally walked to first, leaving Scott Elmendorf up the bat with the bases again loaded. He could not capitalize however, grounding out to end the inning.
The Braves then tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a two run home run by outfielder Brian Pruitt. Hyannis Shortstop Ryan Jackson was able to put the Mets ahead the next inning, after an error by Bourne first basemen Mitch Moreland on a Joey Gonzales grounder.
The Braves went ahead for good in the bottom of the 7th. Pitcher Hunter Harris, on in relief for Doyle, allowed the first two runners on base, and after a sacrifice bunt and a walk, the bases were loaded. Garret Sherrill then took over, allowing a 2 run single to Bourne first basemen Josh Satin. The Braves took the lead and never looked back. Bourne pitcher Jordan Flasher finished off the Mets in the ninth to get the save and ensure victory for the Braves.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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