Apr 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

4/20 Game Recap: Granderson Comes Through, Mets win 4-3 in 14th

After an over four hour affair, the Mets were able to salvage the last game of their three game set with the Braves, winning the game 4-3.

The Mets struck first on a RBI ground out in the 1st, after an error got Eric Young Jr. on base.

Zack Wheeler helped his own cause in the 2nd with a RBI ground ball that Dan Uggla bobbled after making a diving stop.

A Jason Heyward double and an awful throw by Curtis Granderson into the Braves dugout put the Braves off the board.

The next batter B.J. Upton tied the game with a RBI double. Freddie Freemen followed that up with a ground-rule double that put the Braves up 3-2.

The Mets led off the 6th with back to back singles by David Wright and Daniel Murphy.  Chris Young followed that with strike out. Lucas Duda came up and hit an easy inning ending double play ball that Dan Uggla booted, allowing the Mets to tie the game at three.

The Braves and Mets bullpen’s combined to keep the game scoreless until the 14th.

The bottom of the 14th started with a Kirk Nieuwenhuis walk.  Ruben Tejada then moved Nieuwenhuis over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was then intentionally walked in order to put the double play on and to face the struggling Curtis Granderson.  The next pitch went to the backstop, putting the winning run 90 feet away.  Granderson then put the next pitch in play, deep enough to be able to get Nieuwenhuis home on a sacrifice fly.

Other Highlights:

Zack Wheeler went six innings allowing six hits, three runs, three walks and six strikeouts on 88 pitches.

Scott Rice was brought in to face Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the 7th with runners at first and third and one out. On one pitch, Rice got Freeman to ground into an inning ending double play.

David Wright had four hits today, making it back to back games for him with at least three hits.

In his first game as the newly appointed closer, Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless 10th inning.

Dice-K, pitching in his second straight game, struck out five over three scoreless innings of work

Along with Dice-K’s effort, the Mets bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings of relief.

Lucas Duda stole a base for the 3rd time in his career.

Notes:

Before the walk-off sacrifice fly, Curtis Granderson was 0 for 6, on a stretch of 0 for 17. It was so bad that EY was intentionally walked in order for the Braves to pitch to Granderson.  For a guy who was struggling so much, this was a very important at-bat and RBI for Granderson.

The entire Mets bullpen pitched well today and it was much needed to earn a W in today’s game.

With the Cardinals coming into town for a four game set, the Mets bullpen needs to continue to pitch at this kind of level if the Mets want to keep winning ball games.

Next Up:

The Mets open up a four-game series with Cardinals on Monday with Jenrry Mejia taking the hill for the Mets while Tyler Lyons will make his season debut for the Cardinals.

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