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Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter Recap: Game 18 - Braves (3) at Mets (4) (14 innings) - Granderson's Sac Fly the difference



New York

Granderson hit sacrifice fly to left, Nieuwenhuis scored. (90/sinker)
HR: ATL - None   NYM - None


Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning was the difference, as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk against Gus Schlosser (0-1) to start the decisive frame and Ruben Tejada moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was then intentionally walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Granderson lofted the second pitch he saw to left field, and Justin Upton's throw came in just behind Nieuwenhuis.

Schlosser took the loss despite holding New York hitless over 3 2/3 innings, while Jose Valverde (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 14th to earn his first win of the year. Prior to the game, Mets manager Terry Collins replaced Valverde at closer with Kyle Farnsworth.

David Wright had four hits for the Mets while extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Granderson went 0-for-6, and is now hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

New York manufactured a run in both the first and second inning thanks to a pair of errors by Atlanta.

Young led off the bottom of the first and reached second when Upton dropped his fly ball in left field. Young moved to third on Granderson's line out to right and scored on Wright's grounder to second.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the second after Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker singled and Omar Quintanilla worked a walk. Mets starter Zack Wheeler grounded to second, but Dan Uggla fumbled the ball on the exchange and all runners were safe. Braves starter David Hale avoided further damage by getting Young to pop to shortstop and Granderson to ground weakly to first.

Atlanta finally got to Wheeler in the fifth inning with three consecutive doubles with a man on first and one out. Gerald Laird walked to start the inning but was thrown out on Hale's bunt attempt. Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman followed with doubles to put the Braves in front 3-2.

Hale yielded back-to-back singles to Wright and Daniel Murphy to start the home half of the sixth. He struck out Chris Young for the first out but another Uggla error -- this time on a Duda ground ball -- allowed Wright to trot home and tie the game.

Hale and Wheeler both allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. One of Hale's runs was unearned.

Six Mets relievers combined to keep Atlanta off the scoreboard over the final eight innings. Carlos Torres pitched two perfect frames and Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out five in three hitless innings before giving way to Valverde.

Game Notes

Atlanta had won seven of eight entering Sunday ... The Braves finished their six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. They return home to host Miami on Monday ... Heyward had three hits ... Young went 0-for-6 with a strikeout. The Mets' leadoff hitter has struck out at least once in every game this season ... New York went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 on base.

Box Score:

Jason Heyward RF613010002.171
B.J. Upton CF611110003.208
Freddie Freeman 1B501110011.397
Justin Upton LF601001003.319
Chris Johnson 3B601000000.279
Dan Uggla 2B501000011.234
Andrelton Simmons SS600000001.286
Gerald Laird C100000030.188
  Tyler Pastornicky PR000000000.200
  Luis Avilan P000000000.000
  Anthony Varvaro P000000000.000
  Ramiro Pena PH100000001.235
  Gus Schlosser P1010000001.000
David Hale P210000001.000
  Jordan Schafer PH101000000.200
  Ian Thomas P000000000.000
  David Carpenter P000000000.000
  Evan Gattis PH-C300000001.286
Eric Young LF610000011.215
Curtis Granderson RF600100001.127
David Wright 3B614100000.316
Daniel Murphy 2B601000001.292
Chris Young CF500000003.214
  Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.000
  Travis d`Arnaud PH-C100000000.167
Lucas Duda 1B512100002.269
Anthony Recker C601000002.250
  Jose Valverde P000000000.000
Omar Quintanilla SS100000020.286
  Andrew Brown PH100000000.185
  Kyle Farnsworth P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF110000010.250
Zack Wheeler P200100000.000
  Josh Satin PH100000000.154
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Ruben Tejada PH-SS201000001.196

E_J.Upton, D.Uggla 2, C.Granderson. LOB_Atlanta 9, NY Mets 11. 2B_J.Heyward, B.Upton, F.Freeman. 3B_J.Upton. SF_C.Granderson. S_R.Tejada. SB_L.Duda (1). CS_J.Heyward. GIDP_F.Freeman, E.GattisD.Murphy, O.Quintanilla. DP_Atlanta 2 (C.Johnson, D.Uggla and F.Freeman), (D.Uggla, A.Simmons and F.Freeman); NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy, O.Quintanilla and L.Duda), (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and L.Duda).

David Hale6.0632250103-612.93
Ian Thomas1.010000011-71.69
David Carpenter1.000002010-85.63
Luis Avilan1.010001017-119.00
Anthony Varvaro1.010002018-132.08
Gus Schlosser (L 0-1)3.201121046-255.59
Zack Wheeler6.063336088-564.63
Gonzalez Germen0.120000015-93.97
Scott Rice0.20000001-19.00
Carlos Torres2.000012033-211.54
Kyle Farnsworth1.010001014-101.08
Daisuke Matsuzaka3.000015044-262.25
Jose Valverde (W 1-0)1.010000015-94.82

IBB_off G.Schlosser (E.Young), off Z.Wheeler (G.Laird).
HBP_by G.Schlosser (L.Duda).
T_4:37. A_33131.
Umpires_Home,Mark Wegner; First, Pat Hoberg; Second, Tom Hallion; Third, Eric Cooper.

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