The Mets' bats hit Armando Galarraga particularly well, putting up six runs against him in only three innings. David Wright gave the Mets their first two runs of the day on a first inning home run, and in the third inning, Josh Thole drove in a run on a sacrifice fly before Jason Pridie hit a three-run home run, his first homer in the majors, into the bullpen.
The Diamondbacks turned to their bullpen to start the fourth inning, but that didn't stop the Mets from tacking on another pair of runs. Wright his second home run of the afternoon, a solo shot that just barely cleared the fence in the left field corner. Three batters later, Ike Davis singled up to middle to plate Carlos Beltran, and the Mets led 8 to 1.
Jon Niese had come out dealing this afternoon, striking out the first two batters he faced and allowing only one baserunner through the first three innings. Niese gave up a run in the six and another in the seventh, but at the end of the day it was a good if unspectacular outing. He threw 95 pitches, struck out 3, and walked 2.
D.J. Carrasco began the eighth inning but didn't fare well, giving up two hits and one run while only recording one out. Tim Byrdak came in to put out the fire, and despite being wild, he got two outs without allowing his lone inherited runner to score.
With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the eighth inning, Juan Gutierrez walked Wright, Beltran, and Jason Bay to load the bases. Lefty Joe Paterson was called upon to face Davis, and although Davis made him throw a lot of pitches, he ultimately struck out.
Byrdak remained on to face a lefty to start the ninth inning and recorded the first out even though he once again struggled to throw strikes. Ryota Igarashi came on, got a quick groundball out, issued a walk, and struck out Kelly Johnson to complete the Mets' sweep of the Diamondbacks.
The day belonged to David Wright, whose line at the end of the day was 2-for-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 BB, and 1 stolen base. He also made one of his nifty barehanded plays from third base. Pridie's three-run homer was a surprising and significant contribution from a player who was called up mainly to play a competent center field in Angel Pagan's absence.
That's four wins in a row for the Mets, who are off tomorrow but open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington at 7:05 pm on Tuesday with Chris Young set to return to the rotation for the Mets and Jordan Zimmermann making the start for the Nats.
Big winners: David Wright, +23.1% WPA, Jon Niese, +14.1% WPA, Jason Pridie, +9.1% WPA
Big losers: Jason Bay, -2.3% WPA, D.J. Carrasco, -2.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: David Wrighe home run in the first inning, +18.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Jason Bay strikeout in the third inning, -3.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +15.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +34.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Jason Pridie
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