The New York Mets cruised to an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres behind the right arm of future star, Matt Harvey. Harvey looked absolutely filthy on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old dominated the Padres lineup allowing just one hit, with 10 strikeouts and two walks over seven scoreless innings of work, picking up his first victory of 2013 and first career win at Citi Field.
Tonight was all about The ten strikeouts marked the third double-digit strikeout game of Harvey’s young career. The way he looked tonight, I don’t think I am going out on a limb to say there will be plenty more. Harvey retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out five, before Evereth Cabrera got San Diego’s lone hit, a single up the middle to start the fourth. But, Cabrera wasn’t on first for long. Harvey picked off the Padres short stop, facing the minimum number of batters through 6 2/3 innings. Harvey touched 98-MPH multiple times on Wednesday night making his already nasty change look that much more deceptive. More impressive than his 91 MPH slider was the fact that Matt needed just 94-pitches to navigate his way through seven innings.
“He pitched an absolutely — under the circumstances — an unbelievable game,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Harvey following the game. “You walk out and you grab that baseball in that kind of weather, it feels like a cue ball. The fact that he commanded his stuff as well as he did is impressive. He’s a little different than he was last fall. Last fall he wanted to show everybody that his stuff was plus stuff, which we all heard it was. He’s becoming a pitcher. With his change and the effectiveness of his curveball and his slider, and he still throws 97, 98 — this guy’s got every weapon you could possibly need to get people out.”
DUDA-DAMN-THANG: Lucas Duda supplied NY with some offense, driving a 1-1, second-inning pitch from Clayton Richard into the Pepsi Porch in rightfield. Duda later doubled in the fourth inning finishing the game 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
GOING GOING GONE: Seven of New York’s eight-runs came via the long ball. Duda’s two-run blast made it 2-0. New York took a 4-0 lead when John Buck delivered his first homer in a Mets uniform in the bottom half of the fourth. Then in fifth, Ike Davis belted his first home run of the season, a three-run bomb to give NY a 7-0 lead. The three combined to go 5-for-11 with 3 HR, 4 RS, and 7 RBI.
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