April 23, 2015: Mets Win 11th in a Row
|Date: April 23, 2015|
|Mets starter: Bartolo Colon|
|Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon|
|Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Eric Campbell|
|Key play: Murphy's double and single, Campbell's walk|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets extended their winning streak to eleven games with a 6-3 victory over Atlanta.
Mets' starter Bartolo Colon pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Curtis Granderson drew a walk against the Braves' Julio Teheran to lead off the bottom half. Juan Lagares flied out to center fielder Eric Young and consecutive walks to Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer loaded the bases. Daniel Murphy hit a double to score Granderson, Duda and Cuddyer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Teheran then threw a called third strike past Eric Campbell and retired Wilmer Flores on a fly ball to Young to close out the inning.
A. J. Pierzynski singled with one out in the top of the second. Jonny Gomes took a called third strike and Andrelton Simmons hit a double to drive home Pierzynski. Jace Peterson was called out on strikes for the inning's third out and Teheran set down the side in order in the bottom half. Colon hurled a perfect top of the third and Duda drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Cuddyer hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Alberto Callaspo and a walk to Murphy ensued. Teheran then got Campbell to line out to left fielder Gomes and end the inning.
Nick Markakis hit a double to begin the top of the fourth. Freddie Freeman singled and Pierzynski reached on a fielder's choice grounder to load the bases. Gomes lined out to left fielder Cuddyer and a single by Simmons brought home Markakis. Peterson followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Freeman and tied the game at 3-3. Colon retired Teheran on an inning-ending fly ball to Cuddyer. Teheran then yielded just a single to Flores in the bottom half.
Colon set down all three batters in the top of the fifth. Granderson singled against Teheran to open the bottom of the inning. Curtis stole second base as Lagares was struck out. Against Atlanta reliever Ian Thomas, Duda and Cuddyer drew back-to-back walks that loaded the bases. Murphy went down on strikes and the Braves' Sugar Ray Marimon issued a walk to Campbell to force home Granderson, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. Marimon then got Flores on a ground ball to second baseman Peterson for the inning's final out.
Colon gave up just a single to Pierzynski in the top of the sixth. Marimon pitched a perfect bottom half and Mets' reliever Buddy Carlyle retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Lagares got a leadoff single against Atlanta's Luis Avilan in the bottom of the inning. Juan advanced to third base on Duda's single and came home on Cuddyer's ground out to shortstop Simmons. Cuddyer went to second on a balk and scored the sixth New York run on a single by Murphy. Braves' reliever Brandon Cunniff then got Campbell to ground out to Callaspo and fanned Flores to finish off the inning.
Mets' reliever Alex Torres yielded only a single to Markakis in the top of the eighth. Cunniff struck out the side in order in the bottom half and New York's Jeurys Familia retired Pierzynski on a grounder to second baseman Murphy to start the top of the ninth. Gomes was called out on strikes and Simmons drew a walk. Familia then struck out Peterson to end the game. The Mets had a series sweep and an 11-game winning streak that matched a club record set four times previously (1969, 1972, 1986, 1990.)