Wright goes extra in Mets' big win
June, 23, 2013
By John Fisher | ESPN.com
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesDavid Wright and Matt Harvey (left) led the Mets to their biggest shutout win ever at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.
He’s the ninth Met with four extra-base hits in a game and the Phillies tried everything to get him out. His first three at-bats -- a flyout and two doubles -- came against fastballs. As Phillies pitchers switched it up, he adjusted, tripling against a changeup and finally homering on a slider out of the strike zone.
It was his first home run on a pitch out of the strike zone in nearly three years, when he homered on a changeup down and in on July 30, 2010.
Wright is only the third with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the same game, joining Alex Ochoa and Darryl Strawberry. Ochoa and Tim Bogar are the only Mets with four extra-base hits in a game against the Phillies.
Wright is the first player with four extra-base hits against the Phillies since Miguel Cabrera in 2005, and his performance was part of a season-high nine extra-base hits for the Mets.
HARVEY UNLEASHES THE HEAT
This was all in support of Matt Harvey, who won his second straight start after going 1-1 in his previous 10 starts. He improved to 7-1 this season and lowered his ERA to 2.05, becoming the first Mets pitcher to win twice in one season at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.
Harvey didn’t need to mess around with this Phillies lineup. He threw 68 percent fastballs, his highest rate since his first start of the season, and he averaged 97.2 MPH with it, the highest in any start of his career.
He threw 23 of them at 98 MPH or faster, the second most by any starter in a single game this season (Gerrit Cole threw 25 such pitches on Friday). Opponents went 0-for-6 in at-bats ending with a 98+ MPH fastball and are 0-for-23 this season against Harvey’s fastballs thrown at least 98 MPH.
One of Harvey's pitches was clocked at 100.1 MPH, on a strikeout of Ben Revere in the second inning, one of just 10 pitches by a starter thrown over 100 MPH this season. Harvey has thrown two of them and Cole has thrown the other eight, and all of them were thrown this week.
It was the Mets’ largest shutout win against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park and their largest in Philadelphia since June 5, 2001, a 9-0 win at Veterans Stadium.
It’s the seventh shutout loss for the Phillies this season, who were shut out only six times all of last season.