Diamondbacks Outlive Mets In 14 Innings To Get Win And Sweep

Well that was fun. It started with the mound exploding in the 1st inning and ended 3 days later with a 14th inning Chris Snyder walk-off hit. Whatever it takes, it's still a win and a sweep. Good showing by the Snakes.

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D-backs 'Play Like A Very Good Team', Beat Mets 4-3 in 14 Innings

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Snyder's hit to the gap in left-center field scored Justin Upton with the winning run in the 14th inning, boosting Arizona to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets, as the Diamondbacks completed their first three-game sweep since last August.

Upton doubled to left field leading off the inning against Fernando Nieve (2-4). Miguel Montero was intentionally walked before Mark Reynolds struck out. Snyder, the last position player on the bench, pinch-hit for Blaine Boyer (2-2) and sent the second offering barely foul, albeit home run distance to left field. Later in the count, he drilled a ball off the wall in left for the game-winner.

Chris Young, Rusty Ryal and Reynolds homered for Arizona, which hadn't swept a series of at least three games since August 28-30 against Houston. Ryal had a career-high four hits and Upton added three hits.

Angel Pagan and Rod Barajas homered for the Mets, who fell to 1-6 on their 11-game road trip. The swing ends in Los Angeles this weekend.

The Mets have been held to four or fewer runs in 12 straight games (going 3-9 during that span), the longest such stretch since they were held to four or less runs in 13 consecutive games from September 19 - October 2, 2004.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese gave up six hits and three runs while fanning six over five innings. Dan Haren started for Arizona and had eight strikeouts over six frames.

"He threw well, but unfortunately we got into a deadlock there. He went as far as I would let him go," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Haren.

It was another tough game for Mets left fielder Jason Bay as he was 0-for-6. Bay is 4-for-36 over his last 10 games and has no RBI in that span.

"I am somewhat surprised," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I thought getting here on the west coast he would exhale and take off. I'm somewhat baffled at the struggles he's having right now."

Pagan homered to right field with one out in the opening inning, but Young went deep on a 3-2 offering leading off the bottom of the first.

Ryal sent a 1-0 Niese pitch over the wall in left-center to start the bottom of the second, but the Mets evened the game again in the third. Pagan doubled, and with one out Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single to right.

Reynolds homered to left-center with one out in the fourth, but Arizona wasted a chance with runners at second and third in the fifth when Montero fanned to end the inning.

Barajas went deep with two outs in the sixth. Left fielder Cole Gillespie nearly made a leaping catch at the wall, but ran out of real estate.

The Diamondbacks had a pair of really good opportunities in the eighth. Bobby Parnell walked Upton and Montero singled, but Reynolds lined into a double play. Ryal singled to place runners at the corners, but Tony Abreu struck out swinging.

Young reached first on David Wright's throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Young stole second, but Augie Ojeda popped out to second.

Arizona wasted a chance with two men on in the 10th and they couldn't score despite loading the bases in the 12th. Pinch-hitter Stephen Drew popped out and Adam LaRoche flied out.

The game lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes...Arizona pitchers fanned a season-high 16 batters...Before Wednesday, Arizona hadn't swept a set against the Mets since taking a four-game set, August 3-5, 2002 at Shea Stadium...This was the second time the Mets were swept this year, joining a four-game series May 13-16 at Florida...New York batters drew five walks. Before Wednesday, the Mets hadn't drawn more than three walks in any of their last 12 games. It was the team's longest streak of games with no more than three walks since a 13-game stretch from July 1-16, 2005...The Mets went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and are 5-for-33 in those situations since the All-Star Game...Arizona left 16 men on base and went 1-for-10 with RISP.

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Notes: Kirk Gibson's Pregame Media Availability

Mixing up the lineup

  • Gibby is mixing things up a bit for this game with Ojeda starting at short, Abreu at second, Gillespie in left field and Ryal at first.
  • "We've got to get all these guys playing, they haven't played much since the break and then we've got a stretch of 20 games after Monday. These guys are good players too," the un-mustached manager said.

Chris Synder and Barry Enright

  • "I don't know that he shook one pitch off. Chris Synder did a great job."
  • Barry had very good control of his slider and moved his fast ball in and out

Approach with 3-0 count and striking out less

  • Gibby will generally give the batter the green light with a 3-0 count. He believes it shows confidence in the hitter but also makes them more selective.
  • This ties into striking out less. Another way to achieve that isn't so much to stress "don't strike out" as to emphasize looking for your pitch with a keen eye. That starts with understand both your pitch and what pitch you need in what situation.
  • Gibby will yell "keyhole" from the bench to remind the batter to focus on a small area where his pitch will be.
  • "We're going to continue to work on it, that's part of the developing that we're doing. Getting these guys to understand that just because the pitcher throws a strike doesn't mean you swing. If he throws a strike in your area in a given situation that your trying to drive the ball out of the park then you've got to know there's an area there. If you're trying to get the guy over from second base to third base with nobody out then it's another area there. If you're trying to bunt the ball then you don't want the ball high. It always changes and you have to understand that and then you need to have your game plan accordingly."
  • Gibby went on to talk about aspects of situational hitting and how players need to stay within themselves when they are ahead in the count and yet also understand they need to no adjust to a 2-0 change-up but swing hard and make sure they don't make contact.

Other notes

  • Gibby, for good reason, isn't going to name a closer. He meets with the pitching coaches before the game and discusses who's looking good and for the most part goes with the recommendation of Mel Stottlemyre.
  • Webb update is making progress but he's got a ways to go. He's mentally ready but he's probably in the frustrating stage.  He doesn't have any answers as to when he might pitch but it's still possible it could be this season.
  • Gibby likes hockey, football not so much

Audio:Gibby pre-game office meeting 072110

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