|Chris Capuano struck out 13 in throwing a two-hit shutout. The Mets postponed their games for Saturday and Sunday. (NYTimes.com)|
Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life and the New York offense provided accordingly, giving the Mets a memorable 6-0 win over the Braves.
The Good Stuff:
- Tonight it starts and ends, quite literally, with Chris Capuano. Cap tossed a complete-game 2-hit shutout, striking out a mind-boggling 13 and, even more astounding, walking no one in 122 pitches. Tonight's performance was astounding on multiple levels: Chris rarely goes over 6 innings, let alone the full 9, and his ERA in his last 10 outings was standing at a dreadful 5.73. Needless to say, this one will bring that down a notch or two.
- Normally when Met pitchers turn in great performances (see most of R.A. Dickey's starts) the bats are nowhere to be found. Not so tonight: if Irene was gonna stop the games for a couple days, Terry's boys were gonna give all they got.
- The scoring started in the 5th: with 2 on and 2 out, Nick Evans grounded a single into left to score Ruben Tejada, and Josh Thole followed with a blooper to center to plate Lucas Duda. 2-0.
- In the 7th, similar situation: 2 on, 2 out. Justin Turner, so good earlier in the year at delivering in those situations, reminded us why he was Rookie of the Month in May, lashing a double into left to score both runs. 4-0.
- The way Cap was tossing, 4 runs was more than enough already. But what's a few more runs gonna hurt any? Angel Pagan doubled to lead off the 8th, and after an out and an intentional walk to David Wright, Lucas Duda crushed a double into the right-center wall (probably a homer anywhere else) to score both and make it 6-0 for the win.
- But the best part of the night? The starting 9 were the final 9 on the field at the end. It's a perfect, clean box score. I love it.
- Well, let's try a hurricane for Bad Stuff. Irene makes landfall with the New York area on Sunday morning, and there's a decent chance there could be flooding in Lower Manhattan. That's why there's no games this weekend. Ouch.
I don't think anyone saw this coming, but what an amazing surprise it was. I tip my cap to you, Mr. Capuano. You pitched the game of your life and gave us a win over one of our biggest rivals. Bravo. Now that's something good to take with us into the baseball-free weekend.
Saturday & Sunday's games will be made up as a double-header on September 8. It was the right decision; better safe than sorry. Stay safe, guys.