Red Sox Stifle the Mets in Citi Field Debut

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David Ortiz hit a solo shot in 7th to ignite the Red Sox.

NEW YORK- The last time the Red Sox played the Mets in New York was July 14th of 2001. The Red Sox were in the midst of an 85 year long curse that had yet to be broken in part by David Ortiz who was still a member of the Minnesota Twins. In the game, Mets starter Glendon Rusch lasted eight inning and allowed the Red Sox, led by Manny Ramirez, just one hit. The Mets went on to win the game 2-0 on Mark Johnson’s second inning home run off of Rolando Arrojo. Fourteen years later, the Red Sox returned to New York to face the Mets in search of revenge. The game began to look like the score line would be similar. The Mets had Matt Harvey one the mound who is arguably the best of their many aces. After skipping his previous start, he looked refreshed and ready to go. He lasted 6 strong innings only allowing three baserunners on two hits and one walk while striking out nine. He truly performed like an ace, lowering his ERA to a measly 2.48. While Mets fans may have wanted him to stay in the game, in an effort to conserve his innings for the playoffs after coming off Tommy John surgery, manager Terry Collins pulled Harvey after the sixth inning and 103 pitches. The Red Sox offense was silent against Harvey with Bogaerts and Ortiz accounting for the only two hits, both being singles.

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Rookie southpaw, Henry Owens, pitched well allowing 1 ER over 5 IP.

 

The Mets also did not do too much damage against the rookie left-hander Henry Owens. Owens allowed two runs in five innings while only one of which was earned. In the fourth inning, after a line drive double to left field by Wilmer Flores, Travis d’Arnaud singled up the middle and Flores raced past the third base coach’s stop sign to score without a throw. The Mets scored again in the bottom of the fifth after Michael Cuddyer’s single to right field was wiffed on by Rusney Castillo. What should’ve ended with runners at first and second with two outs resulted in another run for the Mets and a runner at third. Boston’s offense would heat up after the departure of Matt Harvey. Replacing Harvey was righty Logan Verrett. Verrett had been consistent out of the bullpen as of late; he even filled in for Matt Harvey last time through the rotation against Colorado allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts over eight innings pitched. A different story would soon unfold for Verrett. On his first pitch to David Ortiz, Big Papi hit a rocket out over the fence in left-center field. Ortiz’s 27th of the year and 493rd of his career cut the lead in half and put the Sox on the board. Four batters later, with two out and one on, Jackie Bradley Jr., sent a shot to nearly the same place giving the Red Sox the lead. Bradley Jr. was a late addition to the lineup filling in for the sore Hanley Ramirez and helped the Red Sox tremendously. However in the bottom of the seventh the Mets had an answer. Right-hander Alexi Ogando walked Yoenis Cespedes, allowed a single to David Wright, and walked Michael Cuddyer to load the bases before walked d’Arnaud to bring in the tying run. The tie game lasted until the tenth inning. The Mets had a chance to walk off in the bottom of the ninth when Cespedes walked to begin the inning but David Wright soon after grounded into a rally killing 6-4-3 double play.

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Blake Swihart was the star of the night with a go-ahead inside the park homerun.

Carlos Torres came in for the tenth inning and quickly allowed an inside-the-park homerun to the rookie catcher, Blake Swihart. It was the first inside the park homerun by a Red Sox catcher since Duane Josephson in 1971. That gave the Red Sox the lead but they were not done there. Bradley Jr. singled, Betts doubled, Josh Rutledge, who replaced the ejected Pablo Sandoval, hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run, and Bogaerts hit a deep single to drive in another. Junichi Tazawa came in for the bottom of the tenth with a 6-3 lead. After a single by Flores, d’Arnaud grounded into a 1-6-3 double play. However, coming in off a seven game winning streak, the Mets were a battle tested veteran team who should go deep into the playoffs and were not going down without a fight. Junichi Tazawa did not feel right and the trainers came to look at his back, but he stayed in anyway. That soon proved to be a huge mistake. He then gave up four straight walks and one run before being pulled. The Red Sox called on the veteran lefty, Craig Breslow, to finish the game up 6-4 with the bases loaded and the Met’s best hitter, Yoenis Cespedes at the plate. After a back and forth at-bat, Cespedes sent one deep to center field but Mookie Betts was able to make the catch and end the game. And just like that, the Red Sox reigned victorious in their Citi Field debut by the score of 6-4. They play two more games against the Mets including today at 4:05 PM when Joe Kelly faces off against Jacob deGrom.

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