For just the second time in team history and the first time since 1964, the Mets hosted an All-Star Game, Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Mets also had two starters — Matt Harvey and David Wright, who are both done for the evening. Let’s see how they did.
Mike Trout took Harvey’s first pitch of the game and sent it down the right field line for a double. Harvey hit the next batter, Robinson Cano, on the right quadricep to put runners on first and second. Harvey struck out Miguel Cabrera for the first out. Cano then left the game for a pinch runner, giving a friendly wink to Harvey as he limped off. Chris Davis flew out to center and Harvey struck out Jose Bautista to get out of the inning unscathed.
X-rays on Cano were negative, and he is expected to be fine.
Harvey was on the mound for the second inning. David Ortiz led off with a fly out to center. Adam Jones struck out. Joe Mauer lined out to left to end the inning.
Harvey’s night was over after two innings and 32 pitches. He allowed just one hit and struck out three. Except for hitting Cano, about which Harvey said on FOX that he “feels terrible,” he had as good a night as Mets fans could have hoped. Harvey got a no decision, which he is used to.
David Wright, batting cleanup, led off the bottom of the second. On the first pitch Wright hit a sharp grounder to third and was thrown out by Miguel Cabrera.
Wright came to bat with two outs in the fourth, with a runner on third and the American League up 1-0. Once again he hit a grounder to Cabrera — a slow roller this time. But Cabrera threw him out again to end the inning.
In the seventh inning with the National League down 2-0, Wright singled to left with one out. He was stranded at first.
Wright left the game after that. It would have been nice to see him play the entire game, but seven innings and three at bats is pretty good these days.
Overall, the Mets did an excellent job hosting the All-Star Game, and Harvey and Wright represented the team honorably.