September 19, 2014: Four-Man Shutout

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Date: September 19, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 5
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, Eric Young
Key play: Duda’s home run, Young’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Four Mets pitchers teamed up for a shutout in a 5-0 win.

Zack Wheeler and the Braves’ Julio Teheran each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Daniel Murphy hit a ground-rule double with one out in the top of the sixth. Travis d'Arnaud popped out to shortstop Andrelton Simmons and a home run by Lucas Duda gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Teheran retired Wilmer Flores on a ground ball to third baseman Phil Gosselin to end the inning. Wheeler then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Teheran hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Atlanta’s Chasen Shreve yielded only a single to Murphy in the top of the eighth. New York’s Jeurys Familia set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Flores got a one-out single against the Braves’ Jordan Walden in the top of the ninth. Curtis Granderson and Matt den Dekker drew consecutive walks to load the bases and a walk to Dilson Herrera forced home Flores. Atlanta reliever Luis Avilan threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Anthony Recker. Eric Young followed with a single that scored Granderson and den Dekker, extending the Mets’ lead to five runs. Avilan then got Murphy on a line drive to second baseman Tommy La Stella for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle retired Christian Bethancourt on a fly ball to left fielder Young to start the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Doumit flied out to right fielder Granderson. La Stella then grounded back to Carlyle for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of four pitchers.