Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MLB Live Blog: Mets at Braves, Game 1 of Doubleheader

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We're an hour into Matt Harvey day at Turner Field.

You've already missed 4 strikeouts, a 100MPH pitch, and some fast running to produce the Mets first run of the game.

So where do we go from here?  Keep refreshing as we continue to follow the first game of the doubleheader, the appetizer for the main course of Zack Wheeler's debut.

2:11PM: Here's the play that brought Daniel Murphy home.  Meanwhile, Matt Harvey overcomes two walks as his fifth strikeout ends the Braves 3rd.

2:15PM: Alex Wood is done after three innings.  John Buck just led off with a solo shot.

Alex Wood's final line:
Wood - 3.0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5SO, 0HR, 3.38ERA

Now Juan Lagares bunted his way to first.

2:23PM: Lagares made it to 2nd on a Freddie Freeman error, but found himself stranded at 3rd as the Mets settle for only one run in that inning. NY METS 2, BRAVES 0

2:27PM: Scoring change.  Marlon Byrd is credited with a hit on the play that helped bring Daniel Murphy home.  Was originally ruled a Fielder's Choice, with Byrd credited with the RBI.

2:30PM: The phone rang.  An e-mail was sent.  After all that, Harvey was through 4 innings.

2:37PM: Daniel Murphy singled, but wiped out as David Wright hit into double play.

2:42PM: Matt Harvey strikes out 6 batters in a row before Andrelton Simmons grounds out to David Wright, thus ending that streak.  But Harvey now has 10 strikeouts and have only allowed base runners in the form of walks through 5 innings pitched.

2:52PM: We're through 5 1/2 now.  Nothing worth noting in the top half.  Lucas Duda is 0/2 this afternoon after going 4/4 yesterday.

2:57PM: David Wright preserves, Matt Harvey gets his 11th K with a slider, and Corey Rasmus is done after three innings work.

Corey Rasmus's final line:
Rasmus - 3.0IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3SO, 1HR, 8.10ERA

Matt Harvey gets his 12th strike out on Reed Johnson, and has only allowed two base runners through 6.

3:09PM: Daniel Murphy grounds out to retire the Mets in the top 7th.  Quintanilla's hit was rubbed out by Harvey's DP bunt.  Cowgill left on base.

3:13PM: Jason Heyward infield hit ends Harvey's no-hit bid.  Lucas Duda wasn't at first, but it may have not mattered as Heyward could have outran it.

3:16PM: Freddie Freeman strikes out for Harvey's 13th, then Jason Heyward was caught stealing 2nd to bring about two outs.  Harvey now at 100 pitches, and proceeds to get Johnson to ground out.

3:23PM: And here's how the no-hit bid ends.  Top 8th with the Mets leading 2-0.

3:30PM: Bases loaded after John Buck was hit.  1 out.  Jordany Valdespin up.  Walked to bring in a run, now 3-0 Mets.

By the way, Cory Gearrin was done to start the inning, replaced by David Carpenter.
Gearrin - 1.0IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO, 0HR, 3.49ERA

Quintanilla popped up to bring in a run, so now 4-0, Mets.  Matt Harvey struck out to end the half.  NY METS 4, BRAVES 0

3:46PM: Matt Harvey's done.  Mets facing bases loaded with nobody out for the Braves.  Jordan Schafer was able to bring two home off of LaTroy Hawkins, with the runs charged to Matt Harvey.

3:58PM: Now two outs as the Mets give the ball to Scott Rice.

4:02PM: Scott Rice does not retire Jason Heyward, and he brings home one more.  Bobby Parnell comes in and gets the Mets out of the inning, with Harvey still in line for the win.  NY METS 4, BRAVES 3 - End 8

4:17PM: Here we go. Bottom of the 9th, Bobby Parnell in trying to save the game, with the Mets ahead by one.

4:22PM: Dan Uggla infield single to David Wright, one man out.  Those two runs in the Top 8th big deal now.

4:25PM: PUT IT IN THE BOOKS.  Grounder to Murphy.  NY METS 4, BRAVES 3 - FINAL

In the end, it wasn't easy, but Matt Harvey earns his first decision in a month as the Mets hold on for the 4-3 victory. It's his 6th win of the year.

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