After the Braves took a broom to the Mets at Citi Field, the Amazins got the perfect antidote from their bullpen when lead off batter Whit Merrifield ripped a liner off of Bartolo Colon’s right thumb.
A manager’s worst nightmare turned into a sigh of relief as Hansel Robles came to the rescue allowing one earned run, striking out six in a career high 3 2/3 innings.
Jerry Blevins, Erik Goeddel, and Addison Reed, were a well-oiled right and left throwing law firm, surrendering one hit between them, besting the best relief corps in the business. Then the 9th belonged to Familia who finally got the opportunity to clinch his 23rd major league leading save.
It wasn’t a night filled with the Mets greatest hits, but solo shots by Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes was all that was needed to beat the boys in royal blue 2-1.
A positive piece to NY’s injury plagued puzzle was the return of catcher Travis d’Arnaud, activated from three months on the disabled list, he showed signs of a full rotator cuff recovery, gunning down the speedy Alcides Escobar trying to steal second in the first.
Next up, Noah Syndergaard will take the mound on Wednesday on six days rest against the left-handed hurler Danny Duffy, who will try put a damper on the mighty Thor’s attempt at six straight decision wins.