July 21, 2013: Harvey and Atchison Blank Phillies

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Date: July 21, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Scott Atchison, Juan Lagares
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Matt Harvey and Scott Atchison combined for twelve strikeouts in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Harvey pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, David Wright and Marlon Byrd slugged back-to-back homers for a 2-0 Mets lead. Phils’ starter Cliff Lee retired Josh Satin on a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley for the third out and Harvey set down the side in order in the top of the second. Lee hurled a perfect bottom half and Matt struck out all three Phillies batters in the top of the third. The Mets were then retired in order by Lee once again in the bottom of the inning.

Harvey gave up just a single to Utley in the top of the fourth. Wright singled to lead off the bottom half. Byrd went down on strikes and Satin followed with an infield single. John Buck was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Delmon Young. Juan Lagares homered to increase the Mets’ lead to five runs. Omar Quintanilla drew a walk and Harvey went down on strikes to end the inning. Matt struck out the side in order again in the top of the fifth. Lee then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Harvey gave up only a single to Michael Young in the top of the sixth. Byrd hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Satin flied out to center fielder John Mayberry and a called third strike was thrown past Buck. Lagares singled and Lee got Quintanilla to hit an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Kevin Frandsen. Harvey held the Phils to a double by Delmon Young in the top of the seventh. Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Atchison yielded just a single to Jimmie Rollins in the top of the eighth. Phillies’ reliever Jonathan Papelbon hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Utley was struck out to open the top of the ninth. Atchison fanned Domonic Brown for the Mets’ twelfth strikeout. Scott then retired Delmon Young on a line drive to first baseman Ike Davis for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to finish off the weekend series.