Lagares Giveth and Taketh Away In Mets Win

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by Ed Tsunoda on August 27, 2014

Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud each had two hits – including Lagares hitting his fourth home run of the season to give the Mets the lead – to back 6.2 strong innings from Dillon Gee giving the Mets a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Lagares was just as impressive in the outfield, tracking down every ball hit anywhere near him, taking hits away from the Braves more than once. Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia worked the 8th and 9th for the hold and save respectively. The save was Mejia’s 19th on the year.

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Lagares, one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts.

“That’s Lagares, man,” Gee said. “We expect that from him now. Unbelievable center fielder. Makes great plays. … I’d be hard-pressed to find anybody better. He’s unbelievable. He’s fun to watch.”

One of Lagares’ grabs was spectacular — he robbed Wood of a base hit with a diving, tumbling grab in shallow center to end the third inning. Lagares also began the game by running a long way to track down consecutive fly balls, and he made all three putouts in the sixth.

“I’ll tell you what: Everybody’s impressed — I’m not. I’ve been playing with him since `09. I know what he can do,” New York infielder Wilmer Flores said. “Any pitcher would want him in center field.”

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