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Final Score: Mets 9, Diamondbacks 0 — Mets reach .500 on Whacking Day

The Mets unleashed an offensive onslaught against the Diamondbacks on their way to securing a .500 record, scoring 9 runs against their longtime rival Bronson Arroyo.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young Jr. both have 3-hit days at the plate
Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young Jr. both have 3-hit days at the plate
Christian Petersen

Tonight's game was the latest in a long stretch of games where the Mets sought to reach the elusive .500 mark. Thankfully, in a rare laugher the Mets thoroughly trounced the Arizona Diamondbacks to achieve that goal, scoring in bunches and shutting out the Diamondbacks.

The Mets jumped on Arroyo quickly for 3 runs in the first inning, stringing together 4 hits and swinging early in counts to great effect. The scoring barrage temporarily quieted until the 4th inning, when the Mets opened the floodgates. Eleven Mets came to bat in the inning, scoring six runs, including two on a two run home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. After just one out was recorded in the inning, Bronson Arroyo was replaced by Randall Delgado.

After the fourth inning the Mets were finished scoring for the night, but a nine run lead was more than enough on a night where the team was as effective on the mound and in the field as they were at the plate.

On the rubber, Mejia was perfect through three, before giving up a leadoff walk to start the fourth inning. Runners reached first and third before Mejia shut down the threat. Mejia had to be removed after five innings due to a torn blister on his pitching hand, finishing the night with two hits, two walks, three strikeouts and no runs against. He was replaced by Gonzales Germen who pitched three scoreless innings of relief, giving up only a lone hit to tarnish his otherwise perfect outing. Kyle Farnsworth came in to pitch a perfect ninth inning to finish the game.

With this win, the Mets have reached the elusive .500 record plateau. They will seek a sweep of the Diamondbacks and their first winning record of 2014 tomorrow afternoon.

Full recap to follow.

Nice job by Steve Sypa; his effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

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