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D'Arnaud gets first hit

8/21/2013

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud finally didn't have to head back to the dugout.

The New York Mets' top catching prospect recorded his first career hit in his first ever game at Citi Field in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. D'Arnaud, who debuted Saturday, doubled in the eighth inning to snap an 0-for-10 slide.

"Great feeling. Finally got it out of the way," d'Arnaud said. "Thankful my teammates were all there every time I kept coming to the dugout without a hit and they were all backing me up and what a wonderful feeling."

D'Arnaud, who debuted Saturday, admitted that the first hit had been weighing on him, but his teammates told him to relax. Despite being hitless, d'Arnaud had walked five times in his first three games.

After making outs in his first three at-bats Tuesday, he smacked a double to left-center field in the eighth to notch the first hit. He finished 1-for-4 on the night.

That double had extra significance to d'Arnaud as he registered it in front of his father, Lance. He gave his father the ball after the game.

"Indescribable feeling," d'Arnaud said. "So happy for him."

Mets manager Terry Collins was glad to see d'Arnaud get the hit, but also praised the youngster for the work he's done behind the plate the past few days.

"The job he did yesterday with Dillon [Gee], and the job he did today, I think his pitch selection is outstanding," Collins said. "Now that he knows he's going to be here, I think he's relaxed more behind the plate, he's receiving the ball better and, yes, I think that hit is going to make a huge difference.

"He's got a quick bat, he's had some good at-bats, but I know that one means a lot to him and I'm really glad he got it."