September 20, 2014: Niese Leads Mets Past Braves

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Date: September 20, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Lucas Duda, Dilson Herrera, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Duda’s sacrifice fly, Herrera’s and Granderson’s home runs

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night in Atlanta. The teams played a two-hour and fifty-two-minute game. Jonathon Niese pitched seven scoreless innings in an eventual 4-2 Mets win.

Eric Young drew a walk against Braves’ starter Mike Minor to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy was hit by a pitch and Travis d'Arnaud was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Justin Upton, after which Young advanced to third base. Lucas Duda followed with a sacrifice fly to score Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. Minor got Wilmer Flores to fly out to right fielder Emilio Bonifacio and end the inning. Niese then surrendered only a walk to Bonifacio in the bottom half.

Curtis Granderson doubled against Atlanta reliever David Hale to begin the top of the second. Eric Campbell hit a single on which Granderson was out at home via a throw by Bonifacio to catcher Gerald Laird. Campbell stole second base and Dilson Herrera hit a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Niese singled and Young flied out to center fielder B. J. Upton. Murphy drew a walk and Hale got d’Arnaud to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Andrelton Simmons that finished off the inning. Niese then gave up just a single to Simmons in the bottom half.

Hale shut down the Mets in the top of the third and fourth innings. Niese responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves and d’Arnaud tripled against Braves’ reliever Juan Jaime to begin the top of the fifth. Jaime retired the next three batters to close out the inning and Niese yielded just a single to B. J. Upton in the bottom half. Herrera got a one-out single against Atlanta’s James Russell in the top of the sixth. Niese drew a walk and Russell retired Young and Murphy on consecutive fly balls to Bonifacio for the inning’s final outs. Jonathon hurled a perfect bottom half.

Russell set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Niese retired all three batters on outfield fly balls in the bottom of the inning and Granderson homered against Braves’ reliever David Carpenter to begin the top of the eighth. Carpenter set down the next three hitters to end the inning and pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich singled with one out in the bottom half. Bonifacio and Phil Gosselin hit singles to load the bases and Niese was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin. Freddie Freeman greeted Edgin with a single that brought home Terdoslavich and Bonifacio. New York’s Carlos Torres retired Justin Upton on a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Torres then got Chris Johnson to ground out to first baseman Duda and finish off the inning.

Atlanta reliever Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. The Mets’ Jenrry Mejia retired Simmons on a grounder to second baseman Flores to start the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena singled and B. J. Upton was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Campbell. Mejia then got pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit to ground out to Flores and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.