July 11, 2015: Harvey Slugs the Snakes
|Date: July 11, 2015|
|Mets starter: Matt Harvey|
|Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey|
|Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada|
|Key play: Mets' home runs|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Matt Harvey hit a two-run homer and recorded the win in a 4-2 Mets triumph over Arizona.
A. J. Pollock drew a walk against Harvey to lead off the top of the first inning. David Peralta followed with a home run for a 2-0 D'Backs lead. Paul Goldschmidt was called out on strikes and Yasmany Tomas grounded out to second baseman Wilmer Flores. Harvey fanned Jake Lamb for the third out. Arizona starter Patrick Corbin then gave up only a single to Michael Cuddyer in the bottom half.
Harvey and Corbin each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Matt shut down the Snakes again in the top of the fifth and Lucas Duda homered to begin the bottom half. John Mayberry was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Pollock. Kevin Plawecki grounded out to second baseman Chris Owings and a walk to Eric Campbell ensued. Harvey connected for his first major league home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Corbin then got Juan Lagares to ground out to third baseman Lamb and finish off the inning.
Harvey retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Ruben Tejada homered against Corbin for the Mets' fourth run of the game. Diamondbacks' reliever Randall Delgado set down three of the next four hitters to end the inning and Cliff Pennington got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Harvey retired Aaron Hill on a fly ball to right fielder Mayberry and got Pollock to hit a grounder to Flores for an inning-ending double play. Delgado and the Snakes' Oliver Perez then combined to pitch a perfect bottom half.
Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Arizona's Enrique Burgos set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and New York's Jeurys Familia got Lamb on a grounder back to the mound to begin the top of the ninth. Welington Castillo grounded out to third baseman Campbell. Familia then struck out pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the game. The Mets had a victory in which Harvey provided his own clutch slugging.