August 26, 2011: Capuano Strikes Out 13 in Shutout

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Date: August 26, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 6
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Chris Capuano, Justin Turner, Lucas Duda
Key play: Turner’s and Duda’s two-run doubles

The Mets played the Braves on a Friday night at Citi Field. With the threat of Hurricane Irene in the air, a crowd of 22,736 was on hand for the game. Chris Capuano struck out 13 batters and pitched a two-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 6-0.

Capuano and the Braves’ Tim Hudson each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Chris retired all twelve Atlanta batters, six of them on strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Mets failed to score despite five hits and two walks against Hudson. In the top of the fifth, Dan Uggla got a leadoff single for the Braves’ first hit. Freddie Freeman followed with a ground ball to second baseman Justin Turner for a double play. Capuano then struck out David Ross to end the inning.

Ruben Tejada singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Hudson threw a called third strike past David Wright and hit Lucas Duda with a pitch. Consecutive singles by Nick Evans and Josh Thole drove home Tejada and Duda, respectively, for a 2-0 Mets lead. Turner struck out to end the inning and Capuano recorded his eighth strikeout in a perfect top of the sixth. Hudson then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

In the top of the seventh inning, Capuano struck out Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones in setting down the Braves in order. Duda singled and Evans walked with one out in the bottom half. Atlanta reliever George Sherrill retired Thole on a fly ball to left fielder Martin Prado. Facing reliever Scott Linebrink, Turner hit a double that scored two runs and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Linebrink issued an intentional walk to Jason Pridie and fanned Capuano for the third out. Uggla struck out and Freeman grounded out to Turner to begin the top of the eighth. Ross followed with a double to right field. Capuano then retired Alex Gonzalez on a foul pop-up to first baseman Evans to end the inning.

Pagan doubled off Braves’ reliever Jonny Venters to open the bottom of the eighth. Tejada’s ground out to second baseman Uggla moved Pagan to third base and Wright was given an intentional walk. Duda hit a double to right-center field that brought home Pagan and Wright. Venters then struck out Evans and Thole to close out the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Jose Constanza led off by grounding out to Turner. Capuano threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad. Chris then finished off the game by striking out Bourn. With a hurricane coming their way, the Mets had blown away the Braves on Capuano’s two-hitter with 13 strikeouts.