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Zack Cozart: the Matt Harvey tamer

May 22, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Joey Votto, Zack Cozart

Superman has kryptonite. Matt Harvey has Zack Cozart. Despite being a nearly unhittable pitcher this year, the Reds’ Cozart got four hits off Harvey today en route to a 4 for 5, two-double performance. Overall Harvey had his worst outing of the season, allowing four runs on nine hits in six and a third. One of those runs was an inherited run which Scott Rice allowed in on a fielder’s choice, but still.

The Mets were still in it, down only 4-2 when Harvey left and tied it at four in the bottom of the seventh, but things unravelled in the ninth as Bobby Parnell allowed in three. The game ended 7-4.

Neat day for Cozart. Ugly day for the Mets. Lots of ugly days for the Mets recently.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - May 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Hard to put too much of the blame on Parnell for the game falling apart. He got charged with three runs, but the only thing he really gave up was the leadoff double. Ike Davis intentionally let a ball get by him for another double (he thought it was foul), and then a broken bat flair led to more runs.

    It’s not to say he was brilliant, but he really got screwed that inning.

    Also, pinch hitting for Ankiel to preserve platoon matchups probably makes sense, but Ankiel was a homer short of the cycle, and instead Juan Lagares struck out to end the game in his place. Kind of a shame.

    And yes, Cozart owned Harvey. Four very hard hit balls, too.

    • sahyder1 - May 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Leaving Ankiel there to hit made no sense. He had a nice game which he can build off of. He strikes out a ton. Why would you put him in against one of the better lefties?

  2. chill1184 - May 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Didnt help Parnel much when Davis completely forgets how play 1B. Thanks alot Omar Minaya, a-hole

  3. thomas844 - May 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Funny that’s it’s Cozart of all people because he was one of the more struggling Reds hitters coming into today. Nice job by Joey going yard on a 3-0 count, also.

  4. yahmule - May 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    As Chili Davis said when he was about the only guy who had success against Gooden during Doc’s first couple of seasons, “He ain’t God, man.”

    • stex52 - May 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Yeah, Harvey wasn’t terrible, but he came back to earth a bit. He had been so spectacular that a little regression should be expected. Hell of a young pitcher, though.

      • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        I like everything about the young man. He’s so much fun to watch.

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