September 16, 2011: Mets Clobber Braves with 20 Hits
|Date: September 16, 2011|
|Mets starter: Chris Capuano|
|Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano|
|Key player(s): David Wright, Josh Thole, Lucas Duda|
|Key play: Wright’s home runs, Thole’s two-run single, Duda’s two-run single|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night in Atlanta. The teams began a series in 67-degree weather at Turner Field. The Mets pounded out 20 hits in coming away with a 12-2 win.
Jose Reyes led off the top of the first inning with a single to center field. Angel Pagan hit into a force play and David Wright followed with a two-run homer. Lucas Duda singled and Braves’ starter Derek Lowe walked Jason Bay. Nick Evans flied out to right fielder Matt Diaz and a single by Josh Thole loaded the bases. Ruben Tejada hit a single to drive home Duda and Bay for a 4-0 Mets lead. On the hit, Thole was out at third base on a throw by center fielder Michael Bourn to end the inning.
Bourn tripled off Mets’ starter Chris Capuano to begin the bottom of the first. A sacrifice fly by Chipper Jones scored Bourn for the first Atlanta run. Freddie Freeman grounded out to shortstop Reyes. Dan Uggla drew a walk and moved to second base on Brian McCann’s infield single. Capuano then retired Diaz on a grounder to third baseman Wright for the third out.
Lowe retired the Mets in order in the top of the second inning. Martin Prado homered to lead off the bottom half. Alex Gonzalez followed with a single and advanced to second on Lowe’s sacrifice bunt. Bourn flied out to center fielder Pagan to send Gonzalez to third. Capuano then struck out Jones to close out the inning.
Duda singled off Lowe with one out in the top of the third. Bay and Evans hit singles to load the bases. Thole singled to center field to score Duda and Bay, stretching the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Braves’ reliever Julio Teheran set down the next two batters to end the inning. Capuano then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Reyes walked and stole second base to begin the top of the fourth inning. Pagan drew a walk with Reyes moving to third on a wild pitch. Wright hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Duda doubled and advanced to third on Bay’s fly out to Diaz. Evans hit a single that brought home Duda with the Mets’ tenth run. Teheran retired the next two hitters to finish off the inning. Capuano then set down all three Atlanta batters in the bottom half.
Teheran held the Mets to a single by Pagan in a scoreless top of the fifth. Capuano recorded three strikeouts in shutting down the Braves in the bottom of the inning. Evans hit a two-out double off Atlanta reliever Scott Linebrink in the top of the sixth. Nick moved to third on catcher McCann’s passed ball and scored on Thole’s ensuing single. Tejada hit a ground ball back to Linebrink for the third out of the inning. Capuano and Mets’ reliever Miguel Batista then combined to pitch a scoreless bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Willie Harris hit a single off the Braves’ Arodys Vizcaino to start the top of the seventh inning. Reyes singled to send Harris to second and Pagan flied out to left fielder Prado. Vizcaino threw a called third strike past Wright and followed with a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Duda walked to load the bases and Atlanta’s Anthony Varvaro retired Bay on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Gonzalez. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak then set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Varvaro retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. For New York, Josh Stinson pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. In the top of the ninth, Reyes got a one-out single and Pagan flied out to Diaz. Wright singled to advance Reyes to third base. Duda hit a single (the Mets’ 20th hit) to drive home Reyes and send Wright to second. Varvaro then struck out Bay to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Ryota Igarashi retired Gonzalez on a grounder to second baseman Tejada to open the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jason Heyward took a called third strike. Igarashi then threw a called third strike past Brooks Conrad to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.