April 24, 2011: Pridie and Wright Slug Snakes for Sweep
|Date: April 24, 2011|
|Mets starter: Jon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Niese|
|Key player(s): Jason Pridie, David Wright|
|Key play: Pridie’s three-run homer, Wright’s two home runs|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on Easter Sunday afternoon. The teams concluded a three-game series on a sunny 75-degree day at Citi Field. A pair of home runs by David Wright and a three-run clout by Jason Pridie propelled the Mets to an 8-4 win over Arizona for a sweep of the series.
Mets’ starter Jon Niese pitched a perfect top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Arizona’s Armando Galarraga struck out Jose Reyes and walked Daniel Murphy. Wright followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Carlos Beltran grounded out to second baseman Kelly Johnson and a pair of walks to Jason Bay and Ike Davis ensued. Galarraga retired Josh Thole on a foul pop-up to first baseman Xavier Nady for the third out. Niese set down the D’Backs 1-2-3 in the top of the second. The Mets then failed to score against Galarraga in the bottom of the inning.
Niese allowed only a single to Gerardo Parra in a scoreless top of the third. Wright reached first base on an error by third baseman Ryan Roberts to begin the bottom half. A double by Beltran moved Wright to third and Bay struck out. Galarraga issued an intentional walk to Davis that loaded the bases. Thole hit a liner to center fielder Chris Young after which Wright came home to score. Pridie followed with his first major league homer for three more Met runs and a 6-0 lead. Galarraga then fanned Niese to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Justin Upton drew a one-out walk and Stephen Drew hit an ensuing double to left field. Young grounded out to shortstop Reyes to drive home Upton for the Diamondbacks’ first run. Niese retired Miguel Montero on a ground ball to third baseman Wright to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, David homered off Arizona reliever Joshua Collmenter for another New York run. Beltran, Bay and Davis followed with three straight singles to make the score 8-1. Thole then grounded out to second baseman Johnson for the third out of the inning.
Niese and Collmenter each pitched a perfect fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Roberts led off with a walk and Johnson got an infield single. Upton hit into a force play and a single by Drew plated Roberts. Niese set down the next two D’Back batters to end the inning. Collmenter then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Nady and Parra got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the seventh inning. Niese struck out pinch-hitter Juan Miranda and a passed ball by catcher Thole moved the runners to second and third base. Roberts’ ground out to Reyes brought home Nady to cut the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Johnson grounded out to second baseman Murphy for the third out. Arizona’s Juan Gutierrez then shut down the Mets after a leadoff double by Davis in the bottom of the inning.
Against Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco, Upton and Drew led off the top of the eighth with back-to-back doubles for the fourth D’Backs run. Carrasco followed up by retiring Young on a pop-up to first baseman Davis. Reliever Tim Byrdak set down the next two batters on fly balls to center fielder Pridie to end the inning. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs against Gutierrez in the bottom half. Diamondbacks’ reliever Joe Paterson then fanned Davis for the third out.
In the top of the ninth, Byrdak retired Parra on a fly ball to Pridie to start the inning. Reliever Ryota Igarashi got pinch-hitter Melvin Mora on a grounder back to the mound. Roberts walked and Igarashi struck out Johnson to end the game. The Mets had a series-sweeping Easter Sunday victory led by the slugging of Wright and Pridie.