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Capuano connects as Mets blank Braves: 6-0

On Social Media night New York Mets (62-68) starter Chris Capuano (W, 10-11), connected with the 22,736 in attendance with a complete game effort which lead the Metropolitans to a 6-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves (79-54) on Friday night.

“I had a good bullpen, I just tried not to shake off Josh (Thole) too much and it all worked out,” Capuano said of the game tonight. “Probably in the fourth or fifth inning I was in a zone, I knew I was hitting my spots and trying not to think ahead. I was really just trying to stay in the moment.”

Thole said this of his starter’s effort today, “He threw strikes, he threw the ball around quite a bit and we had a good rhythm tonight, and that was the key.” The catcher continued to say, “Anytime you get into a good rhythm and start to get into that comfort zone, you have a chance for it to be a good night.”

Capuano and Hudson both matched scoreless frames until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Mets offense struck for their first two runs of the game. As Nick Evans and Josh Thole connected with runners in scoring position to give New York the 2-0 lead.

Justin Turner, who represented the team for their first ever social networking night, connected with a two-run double (25) in the bottom of the seventh. Lucas Duda recorded a double (15) in the bottom of the eighth, which gave New York the 6-0 lead.

“It was pretty cool to be a part of the Social Networking tonight,” Turner said of representing the team. “It was nice to put faces to some of the people out there following me, they send me messages and that I talk too.” The second baseman continued to say, “There were about 25-30 people there so it was pretty neat. It was the first time we were doing this type of event, it was something special to be a part of and hopefully the Mets will do it again in the future.”

The lefty Capuano completed the game going into the top of the ninth inning, to capture a two-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. The two hits were the fewest of Capuano’s career for a complete game. Cap also was able to sit down personal best 13 batters, recording his third double-digit strikeout game of his career.

“It felt good to be able to complete the game today,” Capuano said. “I knew if I had a runner on base I was probably coming out-so it felt exhilarating to get that last out. Actually I was trying to go low with the fastball there, it went up and in on him and got lucky he took a swing on it.”

Also leading the Mets offense were Ruben Tejada and Angel Pagan, who both recorded three hits each. Pagan thus far has reached base safely in 20-of-21 games this month, with at least one hit in 18 of them.

The next two games against the Atlanta Braves have been postponed due to Hurricane Irene. New York will next be in action on Monday, August 29 to start a four-game series with the Florida Marlins. Game One of a double header on Monday is slated for 4:10 p.m. with Game Two’s start to be announced.

Story orginally found on the Examiner.com site  on August 26, 2011 and can be found here:


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