June 18, 2013: Harvey Fans 13 in Win Over Braves
|Date: June 18, 2013|
|Mets starter: Matt Harvey|
|Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey|
|Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Marlon Byrd, John Buck|
|Key play: Byrd’s single, Buck’s home run|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Matt Harvey struck out thirteen batters in a 4-3 Mets win.
Braves’ starter Alex Wood retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the first inning. Harvey recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom half and Wood pitched a scoreless top of the second. Matt fanned Gerald Laird to close out a perfect bottom of the inning and Daniel Murphy singled with two outs in the top of the third. Murphy advanced to second base on a balk and David Wright drew a walk. Marlon Byrd singled to drive home Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wood threw a called third strike past Lucas Duda for the inning’s third out. Harvey then struck out two more Atlanta batters in a scoreless bottom half.
Leading off the top of the fourth, John Buck homered against Braves’ reliever Cory Rasmus. Juan Lagares got a bunt single and moved to second base on first baseman Freddie Freeman’s error on a pickoff attempt. Omar Quintanilla grounded out to Freeman to send Lagares to third. Harvey went down on strikes and Collin Cowgill lined out to Freeman to end the inning. Harvey then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.
Rasmus shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Harvey got Laird and Dan Uggla for his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the game. Andrelton Simmons grounded out to third baseman Wright to end the inning and Rasmus hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Matt fanned Jordan Schafer and Reed Johnson for the last outs of a perfect bottom half and Atlanta’s Cory Gearrin pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Jason Heyward singled for the Braves’ first hit to open the bottom of the inning. Freeman was struck out (Harvey’s thirteenth) as Heyward was caught stealing on catcher Buck’s throw to shortstop Quintanilla for a double play. Matt then got Chris Johnson to ground out to Quintanilla and finish off the inning.
Byrd hit a one-out double against Braves’ reliever David Carpenter in the top of the eighth. Duda was given an intentional walk and Buck was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin drew a walk to force home Byrd. Quintanilla followed with a sacrifice fly to score Duda and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Carpenter then fanned Harvey for the inning’s final out.
Laird walked against Harvey to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Uggla and Simmons followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins struck out pinch-hitter Brian McCann. Schafer hit a single to bring home Laird and Uggla. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit a force play ground ball to Quintanilla. Heyward doubled off New York’s Scott Rice to score Simmons with the Braves’ third run. Rice issued an intentional walk to Freeman that loaded the bases once again. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell then struck out Chris Johnson to end the inning.
Atlanta reliever Jordan Walden retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Laird went down on strikes to begin the bottom half. Uggla singled and Simmons lined out to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Parnell then got B. J. Upton to ground out to second baseman Murphy and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the twinbill.