Matt Harvey picked up his fourth consecutive win on Friday night for Triple-A Buffalo; allowing three runs on four hits while striking out 11 over six innings of work:
Harvey allowed back-to-back homers in the first before settling down to strike out a season-high eleven batters. According to Kevin Smith of MiLB.com, Harvey struck out four straight at end of the first going into the rest of the bottom of the second. His numbers the rest of the game were one run on two hits. Matt became the first Bisons player since Dillon Gee to strike out 11 batters in a game.
“My fastball and breaking ball mixed back and forth helped to get the hitters off balance,” Matt Harvey said, according to Smith. “I was throwing some good changeups and from that point it makes the fastball feel better to throw.”
According to Smith, Buffalo manager Wally Backman said the following about the Mets top prospect:
Harvey had a couple of mistakes in the 1st but settled down nicely after. He had to give (Stefan) Gartrell and (Ernesto) Mejia something to expect something less. …Striking out batters is definitely a strength for Matt (Harvey). It helped to get out batters in a reasonable matter and also helped to get him locked in and get the W.”
On the year, Harvey is 4-1 with 49 strikeouts over 48 innings and a 4.31 ERA:
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