Lucas Duda slugged 2 home runs and David Wright added another, providing a cushion for R.A. Dickey and giving the Mets a 4-2 win over the Braves.
The Good Stuff
- David Wright picked up where he left of Thursday, drilling a solo homer to right center in the bottom of the 1st. He finished the day 3-5 and would've had a double in the 8th if not for a great defensive play by Juan Francisco at third base. Wright has 5 hits in 8 at-bats so far and is looking great at the plate. He also had back-to-back nice putouts in the 7th.
- Also looking great at the plate was one Lucas Duda. The Big Dude had the first longball of the new Citi Field, a solo jack in the 4th, and he added another on a line drive in the 7th that would've been out everywhere in the majors.
- Also making a splash with their bats were Josh Thole, who went 2-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the 6th, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who went 2-4 in his major league debut.
- All that offense meant smiles after the game for R.A. Dickey, whose 13th consecutive quality start gave him his first W of 2012. The majors' last knuckleballer went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 4 and striking out 3. His lone mistake was an errant fastball in the 5th to Martin Prado, who turned it into a 2-run homer.
- After Dickey's departure, the revamped Mets bullpen took care of the rest: Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch were each perfect in the 7th and 8th, and Frank Francisco buckled down to pick up his second save in as many games.
- The only negative on today's game was New York's inability to turn 13 hits into more runs: they hit 1-8 with RISP and stranded 12 men on base.
Just another solid day at the, *erhem*, "bandbox" that is the new Citi Field. Great hitting + great pitching = win #2 and a happy ending for the 39,526 who came out to Meet the Mets.