Usually, I'd start you off with a game narrative or whatever from last night's Mets 4-1 win over the Braves, give some background, and talk about what happened before going video-by-video for a nice breakdown. However, the most important event happened in the fourth inning, well after most of the action. Bartolo Colon swung so hard striking out that his helmet fell off, and then he caught it and put it back on his head on the way to the dugout, where he'd take it off again. So I'll start you with that. You're welcome.
Colon threw eight shutout innings and struck out seven batters, walking none as is tradition. Oh, and he did that in the same game he passed Pedro Martinez on the all-time wins list for Dominican pitchers. He's an international treasure.
Now let's begin. In the first inning, David Wright got the party started with a home run, parking a 3-2 fastball from Mike Foltynewicz into the seats in left field. A Michael Conforto single later, and Yoenis Cespedes came up and promptly hit a bomb to center for a three-run lead.
Lucas Duda made it back-to-back home runs with his own shot off the face of the Coca-Cola Corner in right field. The power surge gave the Mets a 4-0 lead, which was all they'd need. Bartolo tried to get in on the fun himself, ripping a shot down the left field line that ended up foul. The exit velocity on that foul ball was 101.9 miles per hour. Cameron Rupp currently leads all batters with a 97.7 mph average exit velocity. Noah Syndergaard threw baseball's fastest pitch this year at 101.4 mph. Bartolo is truly a wonderful part of baseball's rich tapestry.
In the third, Asdrubal Cabrera continued to endear himself to Mets fans with an excellent diving backhanded grab to rob Nick Markakis of a single. He's been a very nice addition so far.
The Braves got one back in the ninth off Jeurys Familia, but Familia finished them off in the end for a 4-1 Mets victory.