8/20 Game Recap: Mets Defeat Braves 5-3

Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets returned home to take on the Braves.

Aug 20, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler was stellar in his 6.2 innings of work, Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis contributed in a big way, and the Mets defeated the Braves 5-3.

The Mets notched an unearned run in the first, when Ike Davis drove in Eric Young, Jr. (who had reached on an error and stolen second base) with a two out single.

The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth.  Up to that point, the Mets’ bats had been quiet against Brandon Beachy, but Eric Young, Jr. got things going with a leadoff bunt before Daniel Murphy followed by lining a single into center.  With Marlon Byrd at the plate, the Mets attempted a double steal.  Brian McCann uncorked an errant throw that went into center field and allowed Young to come in to score.  That made it 2-0 Mets.  The Braves then pulled the infield in, but Marlon Byrd made that strategy moot when he smoked a two run homer to left center field to increase New York’s lead to 4-0.

After Zack Wheeler retired the first two batters in the seventh, he allowed a double and back to back walks before giving way to Carlos Torres.  With Andrelton Simmons batting, Torres ran the count to 3-1 before throwing a fat slider over the plate that Simmons lined down the line for a bases clearing double.  That hit blew up Zack Wheeler‘s line and drew the Braves within a run at 4-3.  With two outs and a runner on third, Scott Rice was called upon to face Freddie Freeman and retired him on a lazy fly to Eric Young, Jr. in left field.

In the bottom of the eighth, Ike Davis crushed a solo homer into the Pepsi Porch that almost landed on the walkway behind the seating area.  That made it 5-3 Mets and closed out the scoring.  Before the inning was over, though, Travis d’Arnaud laced a two out double to left center field for his first Major League hit.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and was spectacular for the first 6 2/3 innings.  After retiring the first 2 batters he faced in the 7th, he loaded the bases before being replaced by Carlos Torres.  When Torres gave up a bases clearing double, Wheeler’s line went from phenomenal to solid: 6.2 IP, 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts.  His season ERA is at 3.49.
  • Travis d’Arnaud made his home debut and delivered his first big league hit in the 8th – a ringing double to left center field.  He finished 1 for 4.
  • Ike Davis went 2 for 4 with a homer, 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
  • Marlon Byrd hit his 21st home run in the 6th inning, a new career high.
  • Ike Davis hit a monstrous solo home run into the Pepsi Porch.
  • LaTroy Hawkins retired the side in order in the 9th to earn the save.

Thoughts:

This game got a bit dicey when Carlos Torres allowed all three of his inherited runners to score in the seventh.  However, it ended up being not only a solid win, but another awesome glimpse of the future for Mets fans.  Zack Wheeler dazzled on the hill, pitching to the newly called up Travis d’Arnaud who was making his home debut.  After going without a hit in his first three plus games, d’Arnaud smoked a double to left center in the eighth for his first Major League hit to cap things off.

Next Up:

The Mets and Braves wrap up their brief two game set tomorrow afternoon at 1:10.  Jonathon Niese gets the start for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Alex Wood.

 

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