FINAL: Mets (40-30) defeat Tigers (38-31) 14-6, take game one of three game set
Winning pitcher: Fernando Nieve (2-3)
Losing pitcher: Justin Verlander (8-5)
Bottom 8th: No cycle on this night for Pagan. And no career marks either. Double play from Davis ends inning for Mets. Igarashi will look to end it for the Mets... Mets 14, Tigers 6
Top 8th: The reminisce of the 32,363 paid attendance from tonight’s series opener has simmered. And thanks to a solid first inning back from Parnell, one could hear anywhere in the ballpark as several chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" broke out. Parnell fanned Jackson to end the inning. Pagan will get one last crack at the cycle in the bottom half. Mets 14, Tigers 6
Bottom 7th: Speed game from Ni. Three up, three down for the Mets ending with a Jose Reyes pop out... And here comes Bobby Parnell, the recently re-called reliever will pitch in the eighth for the Mets. Contradicting the words of Manuel earlier in the day as he said he will pitch in the seventh with al ead, and in the eighth with a tie. But on a night like this, who wants to stick with the norm... Mets 14, Tigers 6
Top 7th: "6-4-3" -- The baseball phrase equates to a double play for the Mets, and a 10:58 PM 7th inning stretch for Met fans. For most, that may have come several innings earlier... those that are still here at least. Ni is back out for the Tigers. And the seemingly endless game may finally be running out for the AL representative Mets 14, Tigers 6
Pagan’s first crack at the cycle… first crack at the home run, equates to another single.
After Jose Reyes reached base after striking out on a wild pitch, Pagan put two on for the Mets with a single. The fourth hit ties Pagan’s career high for hits, and it looks like he will get one more crack at a career high with at least two more frames to go for the Met batters.
David Wright may have finally put this game to rest for good, as with 0 outs the third baseman doubled to drive in Reyes, with Pagan holding at third. Davis then drove in Pagan for his third run scored of the night (still with 0 outs). Wright scored on a Bay Sac Fly. The Tigers escaped from there… I know we just passed the summer solstice, and hence we are now experiencing some of the lonest days of the year. But just because the days are long, doesn’t mean the night baseball has to be. For some semblance of sleep’s sake, here’s to the Tigers not posting another run-riddled inning… Mets 14, Tigers 6
Top sixth: Oh wait… is that, another frame of runless ball. With a frame like that, it makes one think that the Mets are closing in on victory. But then we are reminded of the 58-minute rain delay. And that we are still in the sixth inning. Mets will have the top of the order going in the bottom half Score: Mets 11, Tigers 6
Bottom 5th: Did we just see an inning of runless baseball? Really? Mets leave Francoeur stranded as Nieve hits to end the inning. With that move, assuming the righty will be back out for the sixth. Through five… Mets 11, Tigers 6
Top 5th: Is there a chance the Metropolitans may lose this game? The Tigers have fought more than halfway back as they now trail 11-6. Niese made it through four and a third. But that may only be because of the run support the horrid Tiger pitchers have afforded him tonight. He ends his night with five runs earned. The Met starter let up four runs in the inning. Bad luck, and slick wet grass from the 58-minute rain delay may have added to the inning though. Against Boesch, Niese gave up run No. 5 on a hot shot that Tejada failed to field thanks to the lip between the basepath and right field. Versus Guillen, Niese failed to field a dribbler down the third base line as he slipped. He then walked Inge to load the bases, and was pulled by Manuel. Righty Fernando Nieve relieved Niese against the righthanded hitter in Worth. Nieve gave up a single to Worth to decrease the lead to five before the end of the inning. Fu-Te Ni is now pitching for Los Tigres Mets 11, Tigers 6
Bottom 4th: Pagan is having himself one hell of a night. The Center fielder is now a HOME RUN AWAY FROM THE CYCLE. He increased the Mers lead in the inning by driving in a run. Mets 11, Tigers 2
Top 4th: With one out, Boesch hit a two run-homerun to the deepest part of the park in right-center. Well, at least the Tigers are on the board. Mets 10, Tigers 2
Bottom 3rd: The Third is finally over after it began what seems like two days, rather than two hours ago. Here is a breakdown of all of the fireworks as the Mets now lead 10-0. The eight run inning was the highest scoring inning for the Mets since an eight run 4th frame against the Braves last Aug. 18:
OK, well, before the rain delay the Mets took a 3-0 lead on a Wright single. The Wright single put a runner on first and second…
-Then Sborz came in and had what has to constitute as one of the worst debuts for a pitcher in the Majors this season. Maybe he has Verlander to blame, maybe the rain, but still… Sborz HIT TWO BATTERS IN TWO TRYS, AS HE PLUNKED BARAJAS TO LOAD THE BASES, THEN HIT FRANCOEUR ON THE HAND TO DRIVE IN A RUN. Mets 4, Tigers 0
-With Tejada up and the bases loaded, Brandon Inge made a nice back-hand stab to tag third base, but failed to get the second out of the inning when overthrowing a jumping Laird at home. Bay scored on the error. Mets 5, Tigers 0
-After Niese struck out attempting to bunt, Jose Reyes made things worse for the Tigers and Sborz, driving in Francoeur. Mets 6, Tigers 0
Reyes then stole his eighteenth base of the season to put runners on second and third for Pagan. And Pagan delivered for the Mets, driving in Tejada and Reyes to put the Mets up 8-0.
-David Wright then singled to mercifully pull Sborz in favor of Brad Thomas…
-BUT THOMAS FAILED TO PERFORM ANY BETTER. As, he needed to get only one out, Thomas relinquished a two-run, bases clearing double to Ike Davis as the Mets went up 10-0. At the end of the endless inning the score reads Mets 10, Tigers 0.
Jay Sborz has come on to relieve Verlander for the Tigers. This is Sborz's MLB debut.
After a 58 MINUTE DELAY, PLAY RESUME AT 9;10. REMINDER: THE METS HAD RUNNERS ON SECOND AND THIRD WITH 0 OUTS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE THIRD, UP 3-0
GAME DELAYED DUE TO RAIN: Mets lead 3-1 after three on Jason Bay single driving in David Wright.
Bottom 2nd: As the rain starts to come down here at Citi Field. The Met barrage from the first inning tailed off. Verlander grounded out the predator in the first, Angel Pagan, to end the inning. Now between innings, four yellow trench coat sporting officials are standing guard on each side of the basepaths. It’ll be interesting to see if this one reaches the fifth prior to a rain delay of some sort. Mets 2, Tigers 0
Top 2nd: After walking Brennan Bosch, Niese struck out Carlos Guillen with high… 88 mph heat. With one out and one on, Ike Davis fielded a Brandon Inge pop up in foul territory for out No. 2. Worth flew out to Francoeur to end the inning. Niese rolling through two… Mets 2, Tigers 0
Bottom 1st: Carlos who? After The Mets jump out to a 1-0 lead before the hard throwing Verlander can muster one out courtesy of an Angel Pagan triple (a frozen rope) to right center. The one-hopper off the wall drove in the speedy Reyes easily. The hit extended Pagan’s hitting streak to 10 games – a career high tying his mark from last year lasting from August 30 to Sept 10. Wright then drove in Pagan on a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Met a multi-run cushion. From there, things got worse for Verlander as he walked Bay (who then stole second for his tenth steal of the season) before he walked Barajas. Verlander escaped the inning without further damage, getting Francoeur to ground out. Mets 2, Tigers 0
Note: The RBI for Wright puts him in fourth place on the Met career list with 615, passing Ed Cranepool. Surprising stat from the seemingnly still-somewhat Green Wright if you ask me.
Top 1st: Niese escapes relatively unharmed. Walks Magglio Ordonez, but puts out Cabrera (and his 19 home runs) to end the inning. Mets 0, Tigers 0
NOTE: Kevin James, famous from The King of Queens and his new movie with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in Grown Ups, threw out the first pitch tonight. Also of note, the crowd here at the stadium is sparse, perhaps because of the weather. The sky is just ugly.
Here is the live blog thread for tonight’s game between the Mets (39-30) and the Tigers (38-30). The Mets now are in the lead for the NL Wildcard. And the Tigers are second in the AL Central heading into tonight's three-game interleague series. Here are the vitals for tonight regarding the pitchers.
Met starter: Jonathon Niese (4-2, 3.64 ERA)
Tiger starter: Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.56 ERA)