Jeremy Hefner has been on a hot streak over his last couple of starts for the New York Mets, and that streak continued as he pitched well on Sunday afternoon.
Hefner pitched seven innings giving up only one run on a home run to Jonathan Lucroy in the seventh inning. He struck out eight while only walking one and giving up two hits.
It was a pitchers’ duel as both Hefner and Tom Gorzelanny of the Milwaukee Brewers were throwing gems early on. Gorzelanny gave up two runs, but they were both unearned. His defense did not play well behind him, especially third baseman Juan Francisco who made two errors. Both came on plays where he attempted to bare-hand the ball but ended up throwing it wide of first base.
Bobby Parnell came on in the ninth inning to close the game. He got the first two batters out before walking the tying run on base. Parnell eventually settled in and got out of the jam in order for the Mets to get the 2-1 win.
But the biggest story for the Mets is how well Hefner pitched once again. He is not a flashy pitcher who has any great pitches, but he was effective in pitching to his defense today in order to get people out. He also showed the ability to strike out batters when he had to. If Hefner can continue to pitch well he might become a solid fourth or fifth starter down the road for the Mets.
The Mets won two out of the three games in Milwaukee to start their road trip. They next head out west to face the San Francisco Giants.