April 20, 2014: Mets Win in 14 Innings

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Date: April 20, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Jose Valverde
Key player(s): David Wright, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Uggla’s errors, Granderson’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Braves on Easter Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In 14 innings, the Mets came away with a 4-3 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless top of the first. Eric Young reached second base on left fielder Justin Upton’s error to begin the bottom half. Curtis Granderson hit a line drive to right fielder Jason Heyward after which Eric Young advanced to third. David Wright grounded out to second baseman Dan Uggla to score Eric Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. Atlanta starter David Hale then struck out Daniel Murphy to end the inning.

Wheeler shut down the Braves in the top of the second. Lucas Duda hit a single with one out in the bottom half. Anthony Recker singled and Omar Quintanilla drew a walk to load the bases. Wheeler reached on an error by Uggla to drive home Duda and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Eric Young was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Granderson grounded out to Hale to end the inning and Wheeler set down the side in order in the top of the third. Hale then yielded only a single to Wright in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth, Gerald Laird drew a walk to lead off the top of the fifth. Hale followed with a bunt on which Wheeler threw to shortstop Quintanilla for an out at second base on Laird. Heyward hit a double and moved to third on right fielder Granderson’s error that allowed Hale to come home. B. J. Upton doubled to drive home Heyward and scored on Freddie Freeman’s ground-rule double for a 3-2 Braves lead. Wheeler struck out Justin Upton and retired Chris Johnson on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Chris Young. Hale then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Wheeler set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. A single by Wright began the bottom of the inning. Wright advanced to third base on Murphy’s single and Chris Young was struck out. Duda reached on Uggla’s second error to bring home Wright and tie the game at 3-3. Recker went down on strikes and Quintanilla drew a walk that loaded the bases. Hale then got pinch-hitter Josh Satin on a foul pop-up to first baseman Freeman to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jordan Schafer singled against Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen to open the top of the seventh. Heyward hit a single to send Schafer to third base and B. J. Upton popped out to Quintanilla. New York’s Scott Rice got Freeman to hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Murphy for the inning’s final outs and Atlanta’s Ian Thomas gave up just a single to Wright in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres pitched a perfect top of the eighth. The Braves’ David Carpenter retired the side in order in the bottom half and Torres surrendered only a walk to Laird in the top of the ninth. Atlanta reliever Luis Avilan then yielded just a single to pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward.

Justin Upton tripled against Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth with two outs in the top of the 10th. Farnsworth retired Johnson on a fly ball to Granderson to finish off the inning and the Braves’ Anthony Varvaro gave up only a single to Wright in the bottom half. Uggla drew a walk against New York’s Daisuke Matsuzaka to lead off the top of the 11th. Matsuzaka fanned next three batters and Atlanta reliever Gus Schlosser set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Daisuke recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the 12th. Schlosser then retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Matsuzaka retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the 13th. With two outs in the bottom half, Duda was hit by a pitch. Lucas stole second base and Recker was retired on an inning-ending pop-up to Simmons. Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde yielded just a single to Schlosser in the top of the 14th and Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Nieuwenhuis advanced to second base on Tejada’s sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Eric Young ensued. With Granderson at bat, a wild pitch sent the runners to second and third. Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Nieuwenhuis and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an Easter Sunday victory in extra innings.