Chris Capuano (10-11) threw the first complete-game shutout of the year for the Mets, as New York defeated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 6-0.
Capuano ended a string of mediocre starts by confounding the Braves with a lively fastball and deadly changeup. He stayed strong throughout the game, registering 91-92 MPH on his fastball into the ninth inning. It was quite an improvement for Chris, whose previous seven starts looked like this:
Tonight, he tossed a complete game, throwing 122 pitches, giving up only 2 hits, walking none, and striking out a career-high 13 batters.
For a guy with double-Tommy John surgery, he’s been amazingly durable, and has given the Mets some innings this year. But tonight, he seemingly came out of nowhere, working ahead of hitters, keeping them off-balance, and even playing the role of strikeout pitcher. It was easily the best start of the year by a Mets pitcher.
On offense, the players competing for a job on the 2012 Mets got it done. Lucas Duda went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, Nick Evans 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada each went 3 for 5.
For the Braves, Tim Hudson (13-8) danced through the raindrops for the first four innings before succumbing to the Mets offense, allowing 4 runs and 11 hits in 6.1 innings. Dan Uggla and David Ross were the only Braves to manage hits against Capuano.
So on the eve of Hurricane Irene, the Mets take the only game of the series against the Braves. The games on Saturday and Sunday have been postponed. So yes, we get it, the Mets swept the Braves. But it’s a good memory to have going into a weekend devoid of Mets baseball.
Stay safe out there, and hopefully we’ll have more of America’s Pastime on Monday, when the Mets are scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Fish on Monday at Citi Field.