Aardsma laments falling behind Maxwell

NEW YORK -- David Aardsma suggested the at-bat in which Justin Maxwell deposited a full-count offering over the outfield wall for the decisive homer in the 12th was lost before the final pitch.

Justin Maxwell

Justin Maxwell

#27 CF
Kansas City Royals

2013 STATS

  • GM43
  • HR3

  • RBI10

  • R23

  • OBP.325

  • AVG.254

“It’s getting behind 3-0,” Aardsma said after K.C.'s 4-3 win Saturday. “Three horrible pitches. Then you just have to throw strikes. You don’t want to walk him. You have to give him something to hit. He did.”

It was a rough weekend for Aardsma, who had been pitching well before blowing Friday’s save in the ninth inning while filling in for injured Bobby Parnell.

Aardsma returned home that night to find no bed on which to sleep.

“Just a miscommunication with my wife and our realtor,” he said. “They took the bed out. It wasn’t supposed to be done until Monday. So we didn’t have a bed to go in.”

No spin: Jeremy Hefner ultimately completed six innings, producing a quality start. All of the damage against him came in a three-run second inning that included a solo homer from George Kottaras.

“It’s literally just spinning. There’s not much break to it,” Hefner said about the breaking ball launched by the Royals catcher. “He’s a breaking-ball hitter. I was trying to get it to the dirt and didn’t execute the pitch. And he did what you’re supposed to do.”

Hefner said he was pleased he rallied in the outing. He suggested he turned things around by starting to throw more first-pitch strikes.

Seconded: Pedro Feliciano retired all three batters he faced, with three lefty hitters lined up for him in the eighth inning.

Terry Collins said he was heartened that Feliciano was sharp working the second of back-to-back days, since the southpaw's ability to bounce back was an uncertainty. Feliciano had not worked consecutive days since July 7-8 with Double-A Binghamton.

“The one thing, obviously, that was very, very good to see was the command of his stuff the second day,” Collins said. “I’m not sure I’ve got him tomorrow. But it was great to see.”

Working overtime: The Mets have now played an MLB-high 48 extra innings this season. The franchise record is 60 extra innings, in 1979 and ’85, according to ESPN Stats & Information.