August 20, 2013: Wheeler and Two Homers Stifle Braves
|Date: August 20, 2013|
|Mets starter: Zack Wheeler|
|Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler|
|Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Ike Davis, Marlon Byrd|
|Key play: Davis’s single and homer, Byrd’s home run|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Zack Wheeler’s solid pitching and a pair of key home runs led the Mets to a 5-3 win over Atlanta.
Wheeler hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Eric Young reached on an error by shortstop Andrelton Simmons to open the bottom half. Daniel Murphy was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Evan Gattis. Young stole second base and advanced to third on Marlon Byrd’s ground out to Simmons. Ike Davis singled to score Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. Braves’ starter Brandon Beachy then retired Wilmer Flores on a pop-up to second baseman Paul Jarnish to end the inning.
Wheeler and Beachy each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Zack set down all three batters in the top of the sixth and back-to-back singles by Young and Murphy began the bottom half. With Byrd at bat, Young and Murphy pulled off a double steal. On the play, catcher Brian McCann made a throwing error that allowed Young to come home and Murphy to move to third base. Byrd followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Beachy then retired the next three hitters to close out the inning.
Jarnish hit a two-out double against Wheeler in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drew a walk and Jason Heyward walked to load the bases. Simmons doubled against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres to drive home Jarnish, Terdoslavich and Heyward, cutting the Mets’ lead to one run. New York’s Scott Rice retired Freddie Freeman on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Young. Atlanta relievers David Carpenter, Scott Downs and Luis Ayala then combined for a scoreless bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen gave up only a single to Chris Johnson in the top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Davis homered for the fifth New York run of the game. Flores lined out to right fielder Heyward and a called third strike was thrown past Juan Lagares. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a double for his first major league hit. Omar Quintanilla then grounded back to Ayala to finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins struck out pinch-hitter B. J. Upton to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gerald Laird grounded out to shortstop Quintanilla. Hawkins then retired Heyward on a foul pop-up to third baseman Justin Turner for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory over the National League Eastern Division leaders.