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Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 99 - Mets at D-Backs - Mets Win, Harvey Gets First Win

Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)

N.Y. Mets (48-51) «2001000003100
Arizona (49-50)000000010140

W: M. Harvey (1-0) L: W. Miley (11-6)
S: B. Parnell (3)
HR: NYM - None   ARI - None

Matt Harvey looked sharp on the mound and at the plate in his first major league game.

The 23-year-old right-hander set a Mets franchise-record for most strikeouts in a big league debut with 11, helping New York to a 3-1 win over Arizona in the opener of a four-game series.

Harvey (1-0), who allowed just three hits and walked three in 5 1/3 shutout innings, also had a double and single in his first two at-bats.

Scott Hairston stroked a two-run double in the first inning, part of a three- hit night for the right fielder. Rob Johnson added a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who started an 11-game road trip by snapping a six-game skid. It was their second win in 14 contests.

It was a long journey to the majors for the Connecticut native, who was drafted out of high school in the third round by the Angels in 2007 but did not sign. He re-entered the draft as a junior at North Carolina and was selected seventh overall by the Mets in 2010.

So far this season, Harvey has compiled a 7-5 mark with a 3.68 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this year. His catcher in his big league debut was Johnson, who was recalled from Buffalo to play in his first game with the parent club since May 30.

The two worked perfectly with Harvey fooling a number of hitters, including Paul Goldschmidt, who struck out three times. Goldschmidt was handcuffed on a rising 91 mph fastball in the bottom of the sixth.

Harvey then walked Justin Upton and left the field after 106 pitches to a standing ovation from his family. His strikeouts were the most in an MLB debut since June 8, 2010 when Washington's Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 against Pittsburgh.

"He had tremendous composure. The velocity through the first four innings, you could tell he was pretty juiced up," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about."

He was also crafty with the bat. Harvey doubled over the head of center fielder Gerardo Parra in the second and bounced a single up the middle in the fourth.

Wade Miley (11-6) gave up nine hits and three runs over 5 1/3 frames for Arizona, which had just four hits and lost its second in a row following a five-game winning streak.

Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy singled before Hairston cranked a one-out double over the head of Upton in right field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the opening inning.

Arizona put two runners in scoring position in the third. Goldschmidt came up with two outs and ran the count full, but was called out after Harvey painted the outside corner.

"He had good life on his fastball and spotted the ball well," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Harvey. "We needed to hang in there, which we did. We had our opportunities, which we weren't able to capitalize on."

Andres Torres tripled in the fourth and scored on Johnson's sacrifice fly to right-center. Parra's strong throw to the plate was a tad late.

Josh Edgin entered to relieve Harvey in the sixth with two men on base, but he retired the next two hitters to escape trouble.

Upton's sac fly to right plated Jason Kubel in the eighth. With Goldschmidt on second, Tim Byrdak was summoned from the bullpen and hit Miguel Montero with a pitch before fanning pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay to cap the inning.

Bobby Parnell walked a pair of batters in the ninth, but had three strikeouts, including freezing Kubel to end the game. Parnell recorded his third save of the year.

Game Notes

Harvey became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10 or more and get two hits in his MLB debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Prior to Thursday, the Mets had allowed at least four runs in each of their last 13 games, the second-longest such streak in franchise history...Arizona, which left 11 men on base, had won its previous six home games against the Mets.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS412000010.314
Daniel Murphy 2B511000002.304
David Wright 3B400000001.336
Scott Hairston RF403220001.259
Ike Davis 1B400000000.206
Jason Bay LF300000011.176
Andres Torres CF312001000.222
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH100000001.255
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Rob Johnson C300100000.286
Matt Harvey P2020100001.000
  Jordany Valdespin CF200000001.286
Gerardo Parra CF500000003.275
Aaron Hill 2B401000011.303
Jason Kubel LF311000022.298
Paul Goldschmidt 1B401010003.288
Justin Upton RF200100012.271
Miguel Montero C301010000.283
Stephen Drew SS100000011.206
  Chris Young PH100000000.217
  Mike Zagurski P000000000.000
  Takashi Saito P000000000.000
  Lyle Overbay PH100000001.295
  David Hernandez P0000000001.000
Ryan Wheeler 3B300000011.167
Wade Miley P200000001.289
  Brad Ziegler P000000000.333
  Willie Bloomquist SS200000001.299

LOB_NY Mets 8, Arizona 11. 2B_S.Hairston 2, M.Harvey, P.Goldschmidt, M.Montero. 3B_A.Torres. SF_R.Johnson, J.Upton. GIDP_R.Johnson. DP_Arizona 1 (P.Goldschmidt, S.Drew and P.Goldschmidt).

Matt Harvey (W 1-0)5.13003110106-650.00
Josh Edgin (H 2)1.200001015-133.12
Jon Rauch (H 10)0.211110019-113.79
Tim Byrdak (H 16)0.10000107-44.76
Bobby Parnell (S 3)1.000023031-203.02
Wade Miley (L 11-6)5.1933030107-723.11
Brad Ziegler0.20000002-12.56
Mike Zagurski1.000011012-64.62
Takashi Saito1.000012019-80.00
David Hernandez1.010001013-92.55

HBP_by T.Byrdak (M.Montero).
WP_M.Harvey 2.
T_3:19. A_22010.
Umpires_Home,Brian Gorman; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Tony Randazzo; Third, Bob Davidson.

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