Seth Lugo Comes Back Strong; Pitches New York Mets to Series Clinching Win Over Atlanta 1
Jun 11, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets may be on the verge of taking their season back after Seth Lugo shut down the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. 

After missing more than two months, Seth Lugo (1-0) dominated the Braves in his first start of the season as the New York Mets won the game, 2-1, and took three-out-of four down in Atlanta. 

Lugo threw seven strong innings on just 90 pitches, allowing just one earned run, and striking out six. For the second consecutive day, a Mets starter shined in their season debut, and barely got run support from their offense.

Wilmer Flores was able to score Michael Conforto in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice fly. Lugo’s lone earned run came in the bottom of the second, when Dansby Swanson plated Tyler Flowers with a sacrifice fly of his own.

Then, in the third inning, Lugo heated up both offensively and defensively. In the top half of the inning, Lugo hit a two-out double, and later scored on an infield single courtesy of Juan Lagares, who now has a five-game hit streak.

Jun 11, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts as he scores against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In the bottom half, Lugo struck out the side, and the 27-year-old looked like he was in midseason form. In the bottom half of the sixth and seventh inning, Lugo faced six, and retired six.

Usually, the Mets have some sort of drama with their bullpen. However, today was different as Jerry Blevins retired the side in the eighth inning, and Addison Reed closed things out in the ninth.

In the top half of the ninth frame, with the bases loaded and two outs, Yoenis Cespedes pinch-hit for Michael Conforto, but popped out.

With all of the momentum in the world, the Mets will return to Citi Field for a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Zachary Weisleder is a New York Mets Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY. Born and raised in Toronto, Zach is a diehard fan of his local Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs. In addition to writing for ESNY, Zach is a passionate supporter of Syracuse athletics and exemplifies his allegiance through contributing for Fansided’s Inside the Loud House and The Armchair All-Americans.