The New York Mets (63-76) dropped their series opener with the Cleveland Indians (75-65) Friday night at Progressive Field by a score of 8-1. Zack Wheeler struggled for the Amazins, while their former blue chip prospect Scott Kazmir cruised to his eighth win of the season, all while displaying his highly touted strikeout potential.
- The Indians got off to an early lead utilizing some small ball tactics, with sacrifice flies in the first (Carlos Santana scoring Michael Bourn) and second (Michael Bourn scoring Lonnie Chisenhall)
- Santana picked up his second RBI of the night on a single in the fifth that scored Drew Stubbs and extended the lead to 3-0.
- Zack Wheeler (L, 7-4) allowed the first three Indian runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks in five innings. He also struck out three.
- The Mets got no relief from their bullpen Friday as Gonzalez Germen, David Aardsma and Tim Byrdak allowed five insurance runs in their combined three innings of work.
- Most of the damage was done with one swing by Nick Swisher, who hit a grand slam off Byrdak in the eighth inning, his sixteenth homer of the season.
- Justin Turner provided the lone Met run on a solo homer to dead center in the seventh
Player of the Game
- In his first appearance against the team that drafted him, Scott Kazmir picks up PotG honors for Friday. The southpaw toseed six shutout innings, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out a dozen. Kazmir is sure to be on the Mets radar this offseason as everything could come full circle for the 29-year old.
What's on Deck
- The Mets and Indians meet again Saturday evening at 6:05 PM. Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.66) will face Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.54) with coverage on SNY.
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