The Mets (80-61) defeated the Atlanta Braves (56-86) by a score of 5-1. Steven Matz was effective if a bit inefficient in 5 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and a home run. He worked in and out of trouble, but worked a pitch count of 89 over 5 innings, leading the Mets to lift him for a pinch hitter in a 2-1 game. Atlanta made some sparkling plays on defense (Freddie Freeman, Michael Bourn, and Daniel Castro in particular), but Yoenis Cespedes had all 3 Mets RBIs tonight. (The other two runs scored on a balk and a passed ball, respectively).
Both Steven Matz and Matt Wisler worked through baserunners in every one of the first 5 innings, but Wisler blinked first. After a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson in the 3rd inning, Yoenis Cespedes lined a double over Michael Bourn’s head in center field to knock in the first run of the game. In the 5th, after singles by Granderson and Cespedes and an advancing groundout by Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes scored on a balk in which Wisler failed to come to a complete stop.
The Mets did waste some opportunities early though. Twice in the game, David Wright came to the plate with a runner at 3rd and one out, and both times he failed to get the runner in. And in both instances, Wisler followed with an intentional walk to Lucas Duda and a third out to Travis d’Arnaud.
In the bottom of the 5th, Matz allowed a line-drive solo home run to second baseman Daniel Castro, the rookie’s first home run hit at any level this season, to make it 2-1 Mets. Matz worked around a one out single to retire the side. Erik Goeddel pitched a perfect 6th and Addison Reed a perfect 7th in which he struck out the side.
In the top of the 8th, the Mets got two-out singles by pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer and Ruben Tejada. That put Tejada at first and pinch runner Eric Young Jr. at 3rd, when a passed ball scored Young from 3rd. In the bottom of the 8th, Tyler Clippard put up a scoreless frame while working around two singles. In the top of the 9th, another Granderson walk set the stage for a long home run by Yoenis Cespedes on a 3-0 pitch up and in, which made it 5-1. Jeurys Familia worked around a 3-out double in the 9th to finish the 5-1 win.
Between the Mets’ win and the Nationals’ loss to Miami 2-1, the Mets now have an 8.5 game lead in the NL East and their magic number is now 14. The Mets play game 3 of the series tomorrow at 7:10, with a matchup of rookie righties Noah Syndergaard and Williams Perez.
- Yoenis Cespedes (.219)
- Steven Matz (.136 pitching, -.053 batting, .083 total)
- Curtis Granderson (.117)
- David Wright (-.148)
- Travis d’Arnaud (-.125)
- Ruben Tejada (-.106)