Capuano Pitches A Complete Game Shutout in 6-0 Win Against Braves

An article by posted on August 26, 2011

Chris Capuano had by far his best outing of the season, and possibly the best outing for a Mets starter in their 6-0 win against the Braves

Game Notes

Chris Capuano was lights out from the jump, and the Braves couldn’t put anything together against Cap. Capuano had a complete game shutout, giving up two hits, walking none and striking out thirteen. Capuano’s changeup was absolutely filthy, and his cutter and fastball were painting corners mercilessly. Outings like this show potential in what Capuano can be on his good days, with some adjustments. His ability to hold his effectiveness until the late innings were something Mets fans haven’t seen all season.

The offense was quiet, but did manage its hits against Tim Hudson when needed. The Mets manufactured two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Nick Evans and Josh Thole. After the Braves got themselves into trouble in the seventh, Justin Turner hit a two-RBI double to make the game 4-0. After the Braves intentionally walked David Wright with Angel Pagan on third to face Lucas Duda, Duda made the Braves pray drilling a 415 foot double to left center against lefty Jonny Venters.

Pagan/Tejada/Duda – 9 for 14 with two RBI & four runs scored. That is a great way to win a game, when your 1,2 and 4 guys are going good. Wright looked decent, but drew two walks and struck out twice.

Evans – 1 for 3 with a strikeout and two walks. Nick buys into Moneyball.

Jason Pridie – 2 for 3 with a walk. Anything is better than Pridie striking out 1/3rd of the time.

Turning Point

Justin Turner’s two-RBI double to give the Mets a four run lead in the seventh.

Random Facts

This is the first shutout for the Mets this season, and Capuano set a new career high in strikeouts with 13.

Hero Of The Game

Chris Capuano, amazing game, pitched like an ace and went out there and was efficient and effective.

On Deck

Hurricane Irene means no baseball until Monday, when they will begin a day/night doubleheader against the Marlins beginning at 4:10 P.M. The Mets are slated to send Dillon Gee out for the 4:10 game, and R.A. Dickey for the second game. The Marlins will be sending Ricky Nolasco and Javier Vazquez respectively.

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