Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mets even up series with a win led by the offense

The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 11-7 on Saturday night. The Mets offense battered around Tommy Hanson and Jon Niese didn’t pitch well but he got the win. Niese now has 11 wins on the season. Josh Thole and Angel Pagan led the offense with three hits. Three other players had two hits, it was an all around good day for the offense.
Niese pitched five innings giving up 10 hits and five runs. He walked two and struck out six. Niese saw his record drop to 11-8. Tim Byrdak pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts, Pedro Beato pitched an inning giving up two hits and one run and he struck out a batter and Bobby Parnell pitched an inning giving up a walk and a strikeout. Manny Acosta pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout.

Reyes had two hits an RBI and a walk. Justin Turner had two hits and four RBI, Daniel Murphy had a hit and David Wright had a hit, RBI and a walk. Pagan had three hits and a walk, Jason Bay had two hits and three RBI and Lucas Duda had a hit. Scott Hairston had a hit and an RBI, Thole had three hits an RBI and a walk and Nick Evans had a walk. Wright, Thole and Pagan each had a double, Turner had two homeruns, Bay and Thole each had one. The Mets were 5-19 with runners in scoring position and they left 10 men on base. Reyes and Pagan each had two stolen bases. Murphy made an error.

The Mets reached the 500 mark once again. The two teams have split the first two games of the three game series. The Mets are seven games back of the Braves in the loss column for the wild card. The Mets really need to win the series if they have any thought of making a playoff push. The Mets will play one more game against the Braves on Sunday afternoon and then four against the San Diego Padres to complete their homestand.

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