August 9th 2015 -- Rays 4, Mets 3

Sunday in St. Petersburg Richie Shaffer went 3 for 3 including the deciding solo home run in the 7th inning. The Rays take 2 of 3 from the Mets with a 4-3 win.  The Mets finish the road swing 4-2. Once again the Mets and Bartolo Colon were staked to an early lead scoring 3 times in the top of the 2nd inning against wild righty flame thrower Chris Archer. Archer walked Juan Uribe, Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Curtis Granderson walked forcing home Uribe with a 1-0 lead.  Daniel Murphy followed with a 2 run single and the Mets had a 3-0 lead.  In the third John Jaso hit a sac-fly scoring Shaffer to make it 3-1.  In the 5th Jaso doubled home Shaffer and Brandon Guyer to knot the game at 3.  In the 7th Shaffer hit a solo homer to left, his 2nd on the year to give the Rays the lead for good.  Archer was gone after 6. He allowed 4 hits the 3 runs walked 4 and struck 10.  The Rays bullpen got the job done after his departure. Xavier Cedeno, Steven Geltz and Jake McGee pitched a scoreless 7th, 8th and 9th.  Cedeno gets the win improving to 2-1, McGee notches his 6th save. Colon went 6 2/3 allowing 9 hits the 4 runs (all earned) walking and striking out none and takes the loss, falling to 10-11. Jaso went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each had 2 hits for the Mets.  With the loss the Mets fall to 59-52 and are now 21-34 on the road.  The Nationals lost to the Rockies in D.C., the Mets have a 1 ½ game lead as they return home to face the Rockies for four games.  Monday night it’s game one against Colorado at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese (6-9 3.51) goes for the Mets, John Gray (0-0 4.50) goes for Colorado. 


Bob Sugar said...

Note to SA and your pals. Don't extend Lucas Duda. He's hot and cold and he is just not clutch. Rude him out till Dom Smith gets here.
You see Duda. Looked lost at the plate and let good pitches go right by. I know what he did last couple of weeks with the HR barrage but all in he is not my guy to take us to where we need to go.

Bob Sugar said...

Duda struck out three times (4x I believe in one game this week) and he grounded to a double play. All this in a big game for the Mets.

Steve from Norfolk said...


You don't write off a player with an .833 OPS, WAR of 2.4, and 21HR's, all with 2 months left in the season. He's a proven producer. He's got another 4-5 years before his numbers are likely to start falling off.

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