The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-2 on Friday night at Turner Field. They immediately put up four runs in the first inning against pitcher Derek Lowe. Chris Capuano gave back two of those runs in his first two frames, but settled down to pitch five solid innings. The Mets had twenty hits in the ballgame, as five batters came through with at least three hits. With the victory, they snap a six-game losing streak.
Following last night’s brutal loss, you could tell that David Wright was fed up. He took the team on his shoulders tonight by going 3 for 6, launching two homeruns while plating five. His two-run shot in the first inning gave the Mets a quick 2-0 lead against the NL Wild Card leading Braves. His second homerun, driving in three, basically put the game away with the Mets up 9-2. There has been much talk regarding Wright’s worth on the team. I don’t care what people say. Wright is a franchise player. He will be over at the hot corner wearing blue and orange for a long time.
The bullpen was rock solid tonight. I understand it was a blowout and there was no pressure whatsoever, but it is what it is. Miguel Batista, Tim Byrdak, Josh Stinson, and Ryoto Igarashi combined for four shutout innings with no hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. I’d like to see this group do it when it counts, though. We got two weeks left, guys!
- David Wright’s last multi-homerun game occurred on April 24th against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Lucas Duda had a four-hit performance for the second time this season.
- The Mets scored more runs tonight than they had in their previous five games combined.
What’s Next: The New York Mets look to continue their success against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon at Turner Field. Game Time 4:10 PM on FOX.
NYM R.A. Dickey (8-12) 3.43 ERA vs. ATL Tim Hudson (14-10) 3.32 ERA