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BAD APPLED.....NY Mets 14, TIGERS 6, T 6/22/10
Posted on: 06-22-2010

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>>caption:  PAGAN'S B-4TH RBI-2B

@ NYC, NY:

    The New York Mets scored a
season-high 14-R and topped the
Tigers 14-6 Tuesday night in the
opener of a 3-game interleague
    Both before and after a 58-min
rain delay that interrupted the B-3rd,
the Mets blew the game open by scoring 8-R in that frame off three different
Detroit pitchers for an early 10-Zip lead the Tigs could not overcome.
    Justin Verlander (L, 8-5) just wasn't himself, struggling with command and
getting charged with 5-R/5-ER on 5-H & 3-W with 2-K in his 2-plus-IP. Verlander
did not return after the rain delay trailing 3-0, but two inherrited runners he
left on base were charged to JV.
    Just up from 3A Toledo, reliever Jay Sborz had a nervous and horrid big league
debut. Sborz hit the first two batters he faced, allowed the inherited runners to
come home and was charged with 5-R/5-ER on 3-H & 2-HBP with 1-K in just 0.2-IP.
When he wasn't hitting batters, they were hitting him, because Sborz left too
many pitches up in the zone.
    Brad Thomas allowed two of Sborz' inherited runners to score and gave one up
himself in the B-4th.  
    Third Tiger reliever Fu-Te Ni was went 3-IP and was charged with 3-R/3-ER in the
B-7th, the middle frame he pitched.
     Fifth Tiger hurler Enrique Gonzalez tossed a scoreless B-8th of mop-up relief.
    The Tigers tallied twice in the T-4th when Miguel Cabrera doubled just in front
on the 415-foot sign in RCField, then Brennan Boesch homered (#11) just over the
same sign. The dinger was estimated at 440-feet, the longest of the rookie's MLB career.
    Detroit also scored 4-R/T-5th to chase Mets starter Jonathon Niese one out shy
of qualifying for a decision. After Ryan Raburn was HBP to open the inning, Austin
Jackson brought him home with an RBI-2B. Jackson scored on a Gerald Laird RBI-1B.
Two outs later Boesch singled Laird home and then Boesch would score on a Danny
Worth bases-loaded RBI-1B.
    The Mets scored their two touchdowns without benefit of a homerun.
    Angel Pagan led the NYM offense by going 4-for-6 with a double, triple, 3-R & 4-RBI.
David Wright was pretty good too with a 3-for-3, 2-W, double, 3-R, 2-RBI effort.
Jose Reyes went 3-for-6 with 3-R & 1-RBI.  Ike Davis was 3-for-6 with a double, R & 3-RBI.
These top four hitters in the Mets' batting order went a collective 13-for-21 with 2-W.
10-R & 10-RBI. Fifth hitter Jason Bay was 1-for-2 with 2-W. a double, a sac-fly, 1-R & 2-RBI.
    The only Mets position player without a basehit was CA Rod Barajas who walked twice
and was HBP as soon as Sborz entered the game.
    The second of four Mets hurlers, middle reliever Fernando Nieve went a scoreless 2.1-IP
to earn the win (2-3).
    By going 2-for-3 plus a W, Boesch was the only Tiger with multiple safeties.
    The Mets are now 40-30 and the Tigers 38-31.

    DET     6-8-0, 7-LOB           (L) Verlander, 8-5
    NYM    14-16-0, 11-LOB     (W) Nieve, 2-3


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Well, it was ugly. That's my thoughts...[Verlander] obviously
didn't have his best stuff...Nobody pitched good tonight, at least for us anyway...We
did battle...We got it to 11-6...But, like I said, you can't pitch any worse than we did
tonight from the first inning to the last inning."

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "I was just outta sync from the get go...I really
felt like [the fastball] wasn't there tonight...I'm kinda tweekin' what I'm doin' between
starts to get where  wanna be with my mechanics."

TIGERS RP JAY SBORZ:   "It wasn't as good as I expected it to be, but, it happens...
I was a little amped up, I'm not gonna lie...There were some butterflies."

METS 3B DAVID WRIGHT:   "I think we outlasted them. It was a long day at the ballpark...
We were fortunate we got some good pitches to hit [in the B-1st]...That's what you need
against a pitcher like Verlander...To get to a pitcher like Justin Verlander you need to be
clickin' on all cylinders."


    With no DH in an NL park, Laird hit in the #2 slot in the batting order for the first time
in his two season Tiger career. Laird went 1-for-5, which actually raised his average to .181.
    Five Tiger hurlers threw 181 pitches, 108 strikes (59.6%) Tuesday night. Only Gonzalez
(5-of-7 pitches across the plate) had a deecent ratio. Thomas was the worst with 25 balls
and 24 strikes in his 49 pitches.
    Just recalled from 3A Buffalo, Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless T-8th for the Mets.
    The Tigers confirmed LHP Andy Oliver will be brought up from 2A Erie to take the spot
of demoted Rick Porcello (to 3A Toledo) in the Tiger rotation Friday night at Atlanta. The
22-year old Oliver is 6-4 with a 3.61-ERA with the Seawolves.
    Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-0) of the Mets will face Detroit RHP Jeremy Bonderman (3-4)
in the middle game of the series Wednesday night.


    The East beat the West 6-2 Tuesday night in the Midwest LGE All-Star Game at Ft. Wayne, IN
where a pair of West Michigan Whitecaps players helped the Easterrn squad to the win.
    'Caps pitchers Jacob Turner and Giovani Soto each pitched a scoreless relief inning, each
allowing a basehit and Soto recording a shutout. Both Tiger prospects are just 19-years old.
    M'west LGE homerun leader (18) Jerry Sands of the Midland, MICH based Great Lakes Loons
hit a 2rHR for the winners and was named the game's top star.


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