Bobby Parnell earned the win for the Mets as Daniel Murphy’s ninth inning two-out game-tying homer helped catapult them to a 10-7 win in ten innings.
Jon Niese pitched adequately, tossing six innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits, striking out two. Michael Conforto got the offense rolling in the second inning, jacking a home run to right field.
Andrelton Simmons and Michael Bourn, the Jon Niese-slayers, accounted for two of the three early Braves runs. After Curtis Granderson took the lead with a 2-RBI single, the Braves struck right back with RBI’s from Adonis Garcia and Daniel Castro in the seventh and eighth innings.
Come the top of the ninth, Murphy stepped in and smacked a three-run homer just in the nick of time to tie the game at seven.
An error by Hector Olivera and two walks accounted for three runs scored in the top of the tenth, more than enough to allow Addison Reed to close out the game in the bottom half.
On a day where Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia were all unavailable, there were certainly not high expectations for the Mets. Although the Mets definitely did not deserve the win, we’ve got to admire the perseverance the “B” team displayed today. This game really gave guys like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Parnell and Reed the opportunity to show what they can do. Tim Stauffer and Dario Alvarez didn’t fare well, but the result was a great win nonetheless. This team has arguably the best depth in baseball-and it certainly shined bright in Atlanta today-as, with a Nationals win, the Mets’ magic number is down to eleven.
Despite the Nationals win over the Marlins today, Bryce Harper was taken out of the game early this afternoon following a collision with Miami’s second baseman, Derrek Dietrich. Harper claims he is “totally fine”, and passed initial concussion exams, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. Nats manager Matt Williams could not determine a timetable for Harper’s apparent injury, as concussion tests are ongoing, writes Janes.
The Mets will travel back home to Queens to start a three game series with the Miami Marlins tomorrow night. Rookie southpaw Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.72) will take on another Mets rookie Logan Verrett (1-1, 3.06) at Citi Field 7:10. Neither teams have encountered the opposing team’s pitchers thus far this season.