New York Mets: Jairo Asencio

Braves 7, Mets 5: Duda goes deep again

March, 27, 2012
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After ninth-inning singles by Mike Baxter, Jordany Valdespin and Matt den Dekker loaded the bases with one out, Vinny Rottino walked against Braves reliever Jairo Asencio to force in a run. But Josh Thole struck out and Lucas Duda flied out and the Mets stranded three in a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon at Digital Domain Park.

Chris Schwinden started in place of R.A. Dickey, who instead worked a minor league game to avoid facing his season-opening opponent. Schwinden, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A Buffalo’s rotation, allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out a batter in 2 1/3 innings.

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2011 Season Stats
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
157 21 76 67 .346 .282
Michael Bourn homered against Schwinden. Freddie Freeman later had a pair of opposite-field homers, off relievers Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez, the Mets’ primary setup men for Frank Francisco.

Lucas Duda had an opposite-field homer for the Mets, off right-hander Buddy Carlyle. Duda has four of the Mets’ 11 Grapefruit League homers. Duda also made a sliding catch.

“I think Lucas Duda is going to be a dynamic talent,” Terry Collins said. “Obviously he’s power supreme. I just believe that he’s getting very, very comfortable with the fact that he’s a major league player and that he belongs here and that he can hit here. He’s already shown us that he can hit lefties. He can hit righties. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark. And what you’re seeing with some of his home runs is why I think the reconfiguration of Citi Field is going to be a big difference for him.”

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Juan Lagares
BA HR RBI R
.314 1 7 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18

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