Thursday, April 9, 2015

Matt Harvey dominates Nats in return to Major League mound

METS 6 - Nationals 3 
W - Harvey (1-0)
L - Strasburg (0-1)

Thursday afternoon really was #HarveyDay after all. The Mets ace made his triumphant return to the majors with a dazzling showcase against the Washington Nationals, holding them to only four hits over six innings.

Harvey, who hadn't thrown a pitch in a regular season game since August of 2013, waited 20 months of surgery, rehab and anticipation for this very moment, and it was all worth it. Harvey's fastball was topping at around 97 mph, and pretty much stayed around 95-96 for much of the afternoon. Of the 91 pitches he threw 63 of them were for strikes. Harvey struck out nine Nationals, including making Bryce Harper look foolish on a rising fastball in the third inning. Harper struck out three times against Harvey for the golden sombrero.

Meanwhile the Mets offense came to life against Washington's Stephen Strasburg knocking him out of the game in the sixth. New York scored four runs in the top of the third to take the lead. Michael Cuddyer got it started with a bases loaded bloop single to right to make it 1-0. Daniel Murphy followed with an infield single to make it 2-0, Mets. Finally, Travis d'Arnaud continues to swing a hot bat, with a two-run single to center.

The Mets tacked on two more when David Wright drove in both d'Arnaud and Wilmur Flores to make it 6-0 Mets.

The bullpen had a rough time of it for the Mets, but still managed to hold on for the 6-3 victory.

The Mets complete a 2-1 road trip in Washington, a terrific and important start for this ball club as they try to not only back-up the high expectations, but make a statement as well in the National League.

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