The New York Mets (8-7) defeated the Atlanta Braves (4-12) by the final score of 6-3 this evening at Turner Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Curtis Granderson was 3-4 with a grand slam and a solo HR. Granderson had 5 RBI’s tonight.
- Matt Harvey received his first victory of the season pitching 5 innings while giving up 2 runs, on 7 hits. He also struck out 5 while only walking 1.
- David Wright was 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-4 with a double. He left in the bottom-half of the 8th and was replaced by Juan Lagares after reaggravating the bruise in his right leg, on a slide into 2nd base in the top of the 7th.
- Jeurys Familia collected his 4th save of the season, allowing no hits, walking 1 and striking out 1.
- Tonight’s game had been in a 56 minute rain delay after the top of the 8th inning concluded.
Tonight was the Curtis Granderson show as he belted two bombs off of Braves starter Bud Norris, with the first being a grand slam in the top of the second to give the Mets a comfortable 4-0 lead. Granderson was responsible for five of the six Mets runs tonight and it looks like he’s breaking out of the mini slump he was in to start the season. It’s always a good sign when Granderson is getting on base, but an even better sign when he is hitting for power. An interesting note on Granderson, he is now one of four Mets players to hit a grand slam with both the Mets and the Yankees in his career. With Granderson’s two home runs, the Mets have broken a record for most home runs in a seven day span with 21. The previous record had been 20 and that was accomplished during June 27-July 4th 2004. There is no question that this team may be slugging their way to wins more than we thought this season.
Matt Harvey had a good but not great start tonight and did just enough to get himself a win. Harvey flirted with danger in the second, fourth and fifth innings but was helped out tremendously in the bottom of the fifth by Yoenis Cespedes. Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a line drive single to center field with runners on first and second base and two outs, at which point Yoenis Cespedes uncorked a beautiful throw from center field to nail Nick Markakis at home. It was just another reminder to many people that while Cespedes may have his fair share of mistakes in the outfield, when he’s on his game he’s as good as anyone defensively. Remember folks he did win a Gold Glove last year. Cespedes did leave tonight’s contest early after reaggravating his leg injury on a slide into second base on a double, so it will be interesting to see if he is in tomorrow’s lineup. It’s always nice to beat the Braves in Turner Field no matter what the Braves record is, as it always seems to never come easy in that stadium for the Mets. One down, two more to go this weekend against the wounded Braves, as the Mets will look to go for their third straight series victory tomorrow evening.
- The Mets and Braves play the second game of their three game set tomorrow evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on WPIX.
- Steven Matz (1-1, 7.27 ERA) who is coming off one of the best pitching performances of his young career will face Braves right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 2.38 ERA).