New York Mets' Ike Davis May Be Done For The Year With Ankle Surgery

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Mets 4, A's 1: Reyes Leads The Way, Capuano Leaves With Injury

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jose Reyes had two hits, two RBI and a run scored to back six scoreless innings by Chris Capuano to give New York a 4-1 victory over Oakland in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set from Citi Field.

Capuano (6-7) allowed five hits and did not issue a walk while striking out seven, but left the game due to a right oblique injury after the sixth inning.

Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his 20th save of the year to give New York its third win in the last five games.

Graham Godfrey (1-1) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks in Oakland's second straight loss after a six-game win streak.

The Mets got all the runs they would need after loading the bases with no outs in the second on consecutive singles by Jason Bay, Lucas Duda and Josh Thole. Capuano came up next and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to score Bay and Reyes followed with a bouncer up the middle to bring home Duda to give New York a 2-0 lead.

New York added two more runs, though, after costly errors by the A's.

Reyes reached first on Jemile Weeks' throwing error to lead off the fifth, move to second on a Justin Turner sacrifice bunt and advance to third on a groundout by Carlos Beltran before crossing the plate on a Daniel Murphy single to give the Mets a three-run advantage.

New York's second run off an error came in the sixth. Thole worked a two- out walk and Godfrey was replaced by Craig Breslow on the mound.

Willie Harris' pinch-hit single moved Thole to second, and Reyes came up next and popped a ball into foul territory on the first base side. Chris Carter, who had just entered the game in a double switch, settled under the ball, but as he was about to make the catch Weeks came running towards him. It seemed to distract Carter and the ball hit the heel of his glove and fell to the ground.

Reyes took advantage of the situation by lining the next pitch into center field to score Thole.

Oakland got on the board in the eighth after Weeks walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Cliff Pennington groundout and scored on Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly to center field.

The A's had plenty of opportunities to break through against Capuano, but he would sit them down without a run each time.

They put a man on third with two outs in the second, a man on second with two outs in the third and sixth innings, and even loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. They finished the day hitting 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded six men on base.

Game Notes

The beginning of the game was delayed by 2:15 because of rain...Oakland placed outfielder Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Carter from Sacramento on Thursday...Reyes has now recorded a major league-leading 37 multi-hit games...The A's have now committed one or more errors in 12 of their past 13 games...Crisp went 0-for-3 to put an end to his 10-game hit streak.

 


Final - 6.23.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2
New York Mets 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 4 9 0
WP: Chris Capuano (6 - 7)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (20)
LP: Graham Godfrey (1 - 1)

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Mets 3, A's 2 (F/13): Turner Wins Game On Hit By Pitch In 13th Inning

It only took 13 innings, 11 hits and 15 stranded runners, but the New York Mets won a game early Thursday morning on a play you'd think would have tormented them: a game-winning hit by pitch. After getting a quick out in the 13th inning, the Mets had two straight singles (Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy) then a Jose Reyes intentional walk after the count reached 3-0. Then on the first pitch from Oakland A's Brad Ziegler to Justin Turner, a slider didn't bite in and nailed turner in the left leg, giving the Mets a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

It wasn't a very exciting game, but the reason it did have to go four extra innings was because of a Francisco Rodriguez blown save. The reason there was a 2-1 league to begin with? A Turner single to left field in the eighth inning that drove home catalyst Reyes, who went 2-for-6 in the game.

The scoring got started off in the second inning, when a Duda RBI single drove home Scott Hairston, who started in centerfield. R.A. Dickey was simply stellar on the mound, matching the flashier Gio Gonzalez pitch for pitch. Dickey lasted eight innings, allowing just a Kurt Suzuki home run in the fifth inning to cross home plate. He struckout nine. Gonzalez was just as good -- allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts on the day.

The Mets stranded 11 runners in scoring position, but relief efforts from four different relievers for our innings that allowed just four hits, kept them in the game. The Mets will look for the series win tomorrow afternoon with Chris Capuano on the mound.


Final - 6.22.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
New York Mets 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 4
WP: Bobby Parnell (2 - 1)
LP: Brad Ziegler (2 - 1)

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New York Mets' Ike Davis May Be Done For The Year With Ankle Surgery

As a member -- and a fan -- of the New York Mets, you learn to be conditioned for disappointment and heartbreak. Just over the past year, this team has added a laundry list of items to their growing number of franchise distresses.

One of these has been a never-ending amount of injuries to nearly every player on the team, it seems at least. This season, David Wright went down with a back injury that was supposed to sideline him for 15 days, then turned into a stress fracture which has sidelined him for over a month already. Ike Davis collided with Wright trying to field an infield pop up back in early May and the injury looked like an innocent one. Low and behold, it has turned into a bone bruise in his ankle that's saddled him to the bench ever since. And the news continues to get worse.

An MRI taken Wednesday revealed that the bone bruise has not healed and that there may be cartilage damange in the joint as well. If Davis doesn't feel better in three weeks (which is the next time he will be reevaluated), he will undergo season-ending surgery, possibly microfracture surgery. General manager Sandy Alderson likened the injury to Beltran's bone bruise in his knee, which required him to get this type of surgery, according to MLB.com's Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo.

"It's about the same, which is not a good sign," Davis said as quoted by DiComo. "I haven't run, haven't done anything on my legs for six weeks now or five weeks. And there's not really any improvement, so that's disheartening."

Davis had been wearing a walking boot, which he has decided to scrap in order to improve the blood flow to his foot and thus hasten the healing process. Even with such discouraging news, Davis tried to be optimistic when interviewed Wednesday evening before the Mets-A's game.

"Obviously surgery is an athlete's nightmare, but I've had one surgery on my wrist and it worked out really well and it came back better than I was before," Davis said as quoted by ESPN's Adam Rubin. "If it's gonna get me on the field again obviously that's something we have to do. But, obviously, we're gonna get a second opinion and see if everything coincides with everything everyone says, and hopefully in three weeks I'm starting to run again."

Alderson is optimistic that within this three-week timeframe, Davis will progress to running, then ultimately getting on the field. Realistically, though, the situation sounds grim.

"We're hopeful that over the next three weeks he will progress to running," Alderson said. If that is not successful, then there may be some consideration about doing some surgery on the ankle. Right now I don't see him coming back anytime soon. ... Basically over the next three weeks he'll progress to hopefully running. And if he can't tolerate the running, then we go to Plan B."

Wright will be re-examined Thursday with hopes of getting cleared to ramp up the physical activities he can partake in. The Mets will certainly have their fingers crossed.

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