Mets defeat Braves; start season 2-0 for the first time since 2009

For the first time since 2009, the New York Mets have started the season 2-0 with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field:

R.A. Dickey made his first start of the season and although he did not have his best stuff, the knuckle baller turned in his 13th straight quality start (dating back to July 25, 2011).  Dickey threw 94 pitches (58 for strikes) over six innings allowing just two runs, on five hits and two walks while striking out three:

Dickey’s only mistake of the day came in the fifth inning when he left a fastball out over the plate that Martin Prado deposited into the Citi Field seats to tie the game at 2-2.  Prior to the Prado homerun, R.A. issued a two-out walk to Michael Bourn, which the 37-year-old starter described as a “gargantuan” mistake.

“Those were two gargantuan mistakes,” Dickey told reporters, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I gotta be better than that.”

For the second straight game, the NY bullpen was flawless.  Bobby Parnell, Jon Rauch, and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch three scoreless innings to preserve the win for Dickey:

David Wright got things started for the Mets, with an opposite field bomb to give NY an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

David Wright opposite field HR at Citi Field– 2009: 1, 2010: 3, 2011: 1, 2012: 1 #Mets
Mark Simon

The solo shot was the first of three hits for Wright on the afternoon as the third baseman is off to a sizzling start to the season:

Unlike Wright, 26-year-old Lucas Duda took advantage of the new Citi Field dimensions, lacing a line drive homer which bounced off of the old wall in right center field.  Two at-bats later, however, Duda proved that neither the new or the old dimensions can contain the Big Ox as he hit his second solo home run of the day; this one, however, was a no doubter that landed deep into the seats in right field. Following the game, Wright joked with reporters about the fields new dimensions, saying:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

I don’t need [them]. Duda does. Maybe one day he’ll be able to hit the ball as far as me. … [Duda] can hit. There’s no question about it. What he did in spring training’s no fluke. The sky’s the limit for him.  He’s got a ton of power. Both those are line drives that just take off. That’s impressive.”

Duda and Wright were two of four Mets with multiply hits on Saturday afternoon. The others, catcher Josh Thole (4-for-7 in the clubs first two games) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis; who was making his major league debut. Captain Kirk, who I found out looks eerily similar to “Sunshine” from ‘Remember the Titans,’ legged out an infield single in the fourth and a clean single to rightfield in the seventh.

The Mets will conclude their series with the Braves tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm, sending Jon Niese to the hill to square off against Mike Minor.




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