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Lucas Duda homers twice in win over Braves

Apr 7, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

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With Lucas Duda and David Wright doing the heavy lifting for the offense, the Mets beat the Braves 4-2 this afternoon to move to 2-0 on the season.

Wright struck first in the bottom of the first inning, driving a ball to what was once his comfort zone in right-center field. While the Mets moved in the fences at Field during the offseason, this one didn’t need any help. It traveled 430 feet, clearing both the new and old fences.

Duda homered twice on the day for the first multi-homer game of his career. The first one benefited from the new dimensions, but it wasn’t a cheap one, either. It went 410 feet to right-center field. Duda’s second one, a screamer down the right field line, would have been out in any other year. It went 360 feet.

The Braves also got into the action, as Martin Prado stroked a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the fifth which traveled 345 feet to left. That one would have been a home run last year, also. And so, Citi Field hasn’t become a homer-haven overnight, but today showed that the stadium will at least play more fair, which was the intention all along.

Dickey allowed two runs over six innings while Bobby Parnell, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco combined for three innings of scoreless relief to lock down the victory.

  1. momeld - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I’d say Duda is a bright spot for Mets fans this year.

  2. duneroad - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Does Mike Francessa not believe that Fank Francisco is a real player?

    • zackd2 - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Frank who? Never heard of him, therefore he either sucks or doesn’t exist

      • ptfu - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        Maybe he thinks Frankie Frankie is a R.O.U.S. — a Reliever of Unusual Size. (dude’s listed at 250 pounds)

  3. gregbeau - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Mets magic number is down to 160.

  4. braddavery - Apr 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Lucas “Camptown Races” Duda can mash.

  5. crisisofinfinitephils - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    As a Mets fan, seeing #21 reminds me of Delgado. Then I wonder, is he making real money on Wall Street yet?

  6. cmdrsmooth - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Nice to see the stadium dimensions changed. Will add more sizzle to the ball park and excitement . Can’t wait to go back to a Mets game, it has been a long time.

  7. Walk - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Braves long and middle relievers are the weak point again this year. I was surprised not to see the braves use one of their left handed relievers earlier in the game. Specificially when livan came in to pitch. That guy should only pitch when braves have either a better than five run lead or defecit and somehow he is pitching in the second game of the year. It is going to be a long year.

  8. spudchukar - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah!

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