September 21, 2014: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Braves
|Date: September 21, 2014|
|Mets starter: Jacob deGrom|
|Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom|
|Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Ruben Tejada, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker|
|Key play: Tejada’s home run, deGrom’s squeeze bunt, Nieuwenhuis’s and Recker’s doubles|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 10-2 win.
Matt den Dekker doubled against Braves’ starter Ervin Santana to lead off the top of the first inning. Den Dekker advanced to third base after Wilmer Flores’ foul out to right fielder Emilio Bonifacio and scored on Daniel Murphy’s ground out to second baseman Phil Gosselin. Santana fanned Lucas Duda to end the inning and the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out the side in order in the bottom half. Curtis Granderson hit a single to open the top of the second. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went down on strikes and Anthony Recker singled to send Granderson to third. Ruben Tejada followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Granderson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Santana fanned deGrom for the inning’s third out and Jacob recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom half.
Santana retired the side in order in the top of the third. DeGrom struck out two more batters in a perfect bottom of the inning and Granderson drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Nieuwenhuis hit a double and went to third on catcher Christian Bethancourt’s passed ball that allowed Granderson to come home. Recker hit a sacrifice fly to score Nieuwenhuis and a home run by Tejada increased the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Santana retired deGrom on an inning-ending ground ball to Gosselin. Jacob then chalked up his eighth strikeout in setting down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Santana pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Justin Upton singled and went to second base on left fielder den Dekker’s error. Chris Johnson hit a single and Andrelton Simmons reached on an error by shortstop Tejada to bring home Justin Upton. Bethancourt grounded out to first baseman Duda and a walk to B. J. Upton loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich went down on strikes and Bonifacio walked to force home Johnson, cutting the Mets’ lead to 5-2. DeGrom then got Gosselin for his tenth strikeout of the game to close out the inning.
Recker drew a one-out walk against Atlanta reliever Juan Jaime in the top of the sixth. Tejada followed with a single to advance Recker to third base. DeGrom laid down a squeeze bunt to score Recker and reached base as Bethancourth made an error on the play. The Braves’ Luis Avilan struck out den Dekker and got Flores on a pop-up to first baseman Freddie Freeman to end the inning. DeGrom then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Avilan shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. New York reliever Buddy Carlyle yielded only a double to pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena in the bottom of the inning and Recker singled against Atlanta’s Gus Schlosser to open the top of the eighth. Tejada flied out to Bonifacio and a single by pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu ensued. Recker moved to third base on Den Dekker’s force play grounder to third baseman Johnson and came home on Schlosser’s errant pickoff throw for a 7-2 Mets lead. Schlosser retired Flores on a fly ball to center fielder B. J. Upton to finish off the inning. New York’s Daisuke Matsuzaka then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Duda and Granderson got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the ninth. Nieuwenhuis doubled to drive home Duda and extend the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Recker hit a double that plated Granderson and Nieuwenhuis with the ninth and tenth New York runs of the game. Schlosser retired Tejada and pinch-hitter Juan Centeno on consecutive infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs and Mets’ reliever Erik Goeddel got Johnson on a fly ball to right fielder Granderson to start the bottom half. Simmons was retired on a ground ball to Tejada. Goeddel then got Bethancourt to fly out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.