Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Mets shut out the Braves in a 4-0 win.
Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherBartolo Colon
(40) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
In his second career start with New York, Bartolo Colon cruised through seven innings, allowing no runs on six hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.
Aaron Harang, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his debut with the Braves last week, had a solid start against New York to create a pitcher’s duel atmosphere.
After hitting a leadoff single to begin the game, Eric Young Jr. stole second — the first steal by a Met this season — but the offense was unable to take advantage. In the third, though, Ruben Tejada led off with a walk. Two batters later, Young Jr. had a one-out walk, followed by his second stolen base of the night. Then, with David Wright hitting, Harang threw a wild pitch to score the first run of the game.
That would be all the scoring the Mets would do off Harang, though, who settled down nicely to complete six innings of one-run ball with two hits, four walks, and nine strikeouts. At one point, he struck out five in a row.
Travis d’Arnaud, who began his season going 0-16, had two hits in the game. His second, a double off Gus Schlosser in the seventh, allowed him to score after Tejada hit an RBI single, to stretch New York’s lead to 2-0. Colon then moved Tejada into scoring position with a bunt, after which Young Jr. fisted a ball to right-center to score the team’s third run of the game.
The Mets tacked on another run in the eighth. RHP Ian Thomas let up a single to Lucas Duda, followed by a successfully overturned call that resulted in a single for Juan Lagares. After Pedro Beato was brought in for relief, Ruben Tejada singled on a soft line drive to right field to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0.
In their first game back since losing Bobby Parnell to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Mets bullpen had something to prove — and they did. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout. Newly appointed closer Jose Valderve certainly kept things interesting in the ninth, letting up back-to-back singles to start the inning. After getting the first out, Valverde could’ve had an easy inning-ending double play, but threw wide of second to load the bases. With the tying run at the plate, he got Evan Gattis to pop out and Jason Heyward to fly out.