June 15, 2011: The Four-Man, Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: June 15, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell, Angel Pagan
Key play: Pagan’s two-run homer

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Four Mets pitchers teamed up for twelve strikeouts and a two-hitter in a 4-0 win.

Jose Reyes doubled against Braves’ starter Tim Hudson to lead off the top of the first inning. On his own hit, Reyes moved to third base via an error by right fielder Jason Heyward. Ruben Tejada grounded out to shortstop Alex Gonzalez to bring home Reyes with the first run of the game. Hudson retired Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy on consecutive infield ground balls to end the inning and the Mets’ Dillon Gee struck out both Jordan Schafer and Dan Uggla to begin the bottom half. Gee then got Brian McCann on a pop-up to shortstop Reyes for the inning’s third out.

Hudson pitched a scoreless top of the second. With two outs in the bottom half, Gonzalez hit a double to left field. Heyward drew a walk and Joe Mather went down on strikes to close out the inning. Hudson set down the side in order in the top of the third. Gee fanned Uggla to close out a perfect bottom half and Murphy singled to open the top of the fourth. Angel Pagan followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Jason Bay and Lucas Duda were retired on outfield fly balls and Hudson got Josh Thole on a grounder to Gonzalez that ended the inning. Gee then chalked up a strikeout of Eric Hinske during a scoreless bottom half.

Atlanta reliever Cristhian Martinez retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. New York’s D. J. Carrasco set down the Braves on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom of the inning. Martinez retired all three batters in the top of the sixth and Carrasco struck out McCann to end a perfect bottom half. Bay singled against Martinez to lead off the top of the seventh. Duda and Thole drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Willie Harris followed with a grounder on which first baseman Hinske threw to catcher McCann for an out at home on Bay. Against the Braves’ Scott Linebrink, Reyes grounded out to Hinske to drive home Duda with the Mets’ fourth run. Linebrink retired Tejada on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Chipper Jones. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Linebrink gave up just a single to Pagan in the top of the eighth. Heyward grounded out to Parnell to begin the bottom of the inning. Bobby struck out Mather and a single by pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad ensued. Parnell fanned Schafer for the inning’s final out and Atlanta reliever Eric O’Flaherty pitched a perfect top of the ninth. To start the bottom half, New York’s Francisco Rodriguez retired Uggla and McCann on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Bay. Rodriguez then threw a called third strike past Jones to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a two-hit shutout victory with a dozen strikeouts comprised of four pitchers.