The Arizona Diamondbacks faced a pitcher who was showing up in the big leagues for the first time -- and he dominated.
Matt Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings last night at Chase Field, striking out 11, while giving up just three hits and zero runs.
The Diamondbacks had opportunity (after opportunity, after opportunity), but lost 3-1 to give Harvey a win in his first attempt.
There were some interesting calls at the plate again (red triangles were called strikes for Mets pitchers), but the D-backs couldn't handle Harvey's fastballs no matter where they were placed.
The game didn't start off well for the D-backs and starter Wade Miley, who gave up two runs on a Scott Hairston double.
Miley generally pitched well, although he gave up a triple in the fourth, and that runner scored on the next play to extend the Mets lead to 3-1.
The D-backs' first run came in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Jason Kubel earned a walk off former D-backs reliever John Rauch, and Paul Goldschmidt hit him over to third on a double.
With two on and one out -- and a chance to tie the game -- Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly to bring in one run.
Lyle Overbay recorded the third out at the plate by swinging in the general direction of balls coming near the plate.
The D-backs got one more chance, in the bottom of the ninth, with two on, two outs, and Jason Kubel at the plate, representing the winning run.
He struck out looking.
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Hey, at least we got the cover of the New York Post's sports page (sigh):
That was the first of four games in the series against the Mets, as Josh Collmenter faces Jonathon Niese at Chase Field. Game time is 6:40 p.m.