July 26, 2012: Harvey Wins Major League Debut

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Date: July 26, 2012
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 3
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Scott Hairston
Key play: Hairston’s two-run double in 1st

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Thursday night in Phoenix. After losing twelve of their previous thirteen games, the Mets had Matt Harvey on the mound to make his major league debut. Harvey struck out eleven batters and had a pair of hits as the Mets defeated Arizona, 3-1.

Ruben Tejada singled against Diamondbacks’ starter Wade Miley to lead off the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy hit a single to advance Tejada to third base and David Wright went down on strikes. Scott Hairston doubled to drive home Tejada and Murphy for a 2-0 Mets lead. Miley got Ike Davis to foul out to third baseman Ryan Wheeler and retired Jason Bay on a ground ball to shortstop Stephen Drew to end the inning. Harvey then recorded a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the second, Harvey hit a double in his first major league at bat. Tejada flied out to right fielder Justin Upton to finish off the inning and Harvey fanned two more batters in shutting down the D’Backs in the bottom half. Miley shut down the Mets in the top of the third and Gerardo Parra reached on a third strike wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Hill singled and Jason Kubel took a called third strike. Harvey’s wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Matt then threw a called third strike past Paul Goldschmidt for the inning’s final out.

Andres Torres hit a one-out triple in the top of the fourth. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Rob Johnson brought home Torres with the Mets’ third run of the game. Harvey hit a single and Tejada was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Parra. Harvey fanned Upton to begin a scoreless bottom half and Miley held the Mets to a double by Hairston in the top of the fifth. Matt then chalked up two strikeouts in hurling a perfect bottom of the inning.

Miley and Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler combined to pitch a scoreless top of the sixth. Kubel drew a walk to open the bottom half. Harvey got Goldschmidt for his eleventh strikeout and issued a walk to Upton. Josh Edgin came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Miguel Montero on a foul pop-up to third baseman Wright. Pinch-hitter Chris Young grounded back to Edgin to close out the inning and the Snakes’ Mike Zagurski pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Edgin then set down the D’Backs in order in the bottom half.

For Arizona, reliever Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Kubel drew a walk against the Mets’ Jon Rauch with one out in the bottom of the inning. Goldschmidt hit a double to center field that sent Kubel to third base. Upton followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Kubel for the Snakes’ first run. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak hit Montero with a pitch and followed up by striking out pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay to end the inning. Diamondbacks’ reliever David Hernandez then held the Mets to a single by Tejada in the top of the ninth.

Wheeler drew a walk against the Mets’ Bobby Parnell to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Parnell responded with consecutive strikeouts of Willie Bloomquist and Parra. Hill drew a walk to put the tying runs on base. Parnell then threw a called third strike past Kubel to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory over the D’Backs for just their fifth win of July in making Harvey’s big league debut a highly successful one.