The Arizona Diamondbacks got to face the New York Mets' highly touted pitching prospect Matt Harvey on Friday night in his major league debut. He was up to the task as he fanned 11 hitters and former D-back Scott Hairston collected three hits and drove in two runs in a 3-1 victory for the Mets.
New York had lost their previous six games before coming to Phoenix.
The Mets got on the board early, picking up a pair of runs on when Scott Hairston, a former D-back, hit a two-run double with one out in the first inning.
New York starter Matt Harvey gave the Arizona lineup trouble at the start, as he struck out at least two batters in four of the innings he pitched. He left after five innings and a third, after he walked Jason Kubel and Justin Upton. He gave up three hits, but no runs crossed the plate.
The Diamondbacks struggled offensively all night until the seventh. When former D-backs reliever Jon Rauch came in the game, Jason Kubel walked, Paul Goldschmidt doubled and Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly to pull Arizona within two runs. Miguel Montero reached base when he was hit by a pitch, but pinch hitter Lyle Overbay struck out to end the inning.
Miley allowed his three runs in only five and one-third innings. He gave up nine hits and struck out three. He took the loss, falling to 11-6 with only his second loss of the year at home.
Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth to pick up his third save of the season, striking out the side.
Harvey picked up his first major league win and also collected hits in his first two at-bats. All in all, not a bad way to start off a career.
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