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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Atlanta, GA (Sept 17) – The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 12-2 on Friday night. Chris Capuano made the start and pitched well. The bullpen pitched really well and the offense was good. There were many stars as five players had multi-hit games.
Capuano pitched five innings giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Capuano improved his record to 11-12 on the season. Miguel Batista pitched an inning striking out one, Tim Byrdak pitched a perfect inning striking out one, Josh Stinson pitched an inning giving up a walk, and he struck out one. Ryota Igarashi pitched a perfect inning striking out two batters.
Jose Reyes had three hits, a walk, Angel Pagan had a hit and a walk, and David Wright had three hits and five RBI. Lucas Duda had four hits, an RBI, a walk, Jason Bay had a hit and a walk, and Nick Evans had three hits and an RBI. Josh Thole had three hits and three RBI, Ruben Tejada had a hit and two RBI and Willie Harris had a hit. Duda and Evans each had a double and Wright hit two homeruns. The Mets were 8-16 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 men on base. Reyes had a stolen base and Evans had an error.
In the first inning Wright hit a two-run homerun and Tejada had a two Run single to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Chipper Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-1 game. Martin Prado hit a solo homerun in the second inning to make it a 4-2 game. In the third inning Thole hit a two run single to give the Mets a 6-2 lead. In the fourth Wright hit a three run, homerun and Evans had an RBI single to make it 10-2. In the sixth inning, Thole hit an RBI single making it 11-2 Mets while in the ninth Duda had an RBI single to finish the scoring at 12-2.
The Mets played miserable on their home stand and their manager let them have it after Thursday afternoon’s embarrassing loss. I guess whatever he said got through to them because they looked like a different team in this game. The Mets really came out focused and ready to play. The Mets have nothing to play for but pride and they showed some in this game. The Mets are now six games under 500. The Mets will try to finish strong and maybe get to 500, it may be asking a lot but it is a good goal for them to have. The Mets won the first of three in Atlanta. The Mets will go to St. Louis for three games after their series with the Braves is over. The Mets record is 73-79 on the season.