New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
Monday night, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves game ended in heartbreak for the Mets when Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil a brilliant pitching performance by Dillon Gee.
Tuesday afternoon, the two teams did battle in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Mets were able to take advantage of another fine pitching performance.
Young phenom Matt Harvey has been nothing short of dominant this year and after the Mets took an early 2-0 lead, he responded by holding the Braves without a hit until Jason Heyward singled to lead off the seventh inning.
For the Braves, left-hander Alex Wood made his first Major League start just over a year after being drafted in the second round of the MLB draft out of Georgia.
Wood struggled to get quick outs and his high pitch count and blister on his pitching hand forced the Braves to use the bullpen early.
The Mets tacked on two runs in the eighth to make it a 4-0 game, but the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Harvey had 13 strikeouts over seven innings, but the Braves got to him for two hits and a walk once he tired in the eighth inning and all three runs that scored were charged to him.
Bobby Parnell came in for a four out save to nail down a 4-3 win the Mets absolutely had to have. Matt Harvey got his first win since May 17 and now the attention turns to Zack Wheeler who makes his MLB debut in the second game of the doubleheader.
Now, the attention turns to Game 2 of the doubleheader where Zack Wheeler will make his MLB debut. It's a great day to be a Met fan as they win a thriller in the matinee and will see the team's number one prospect make his debut in the nightcap.
Upton grounds out to second to end the game and the Mets win it 4-3 over the Braves. Matt Harvey is the player of the game in this one, ending with 13 strikeouts and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
BJ Upton on to pinch-hit in a huge spot. The Mets absolutely need this game. They can't afford to lose games when Harvey starts.
Uggla reaches on a bang-bang play at first and the tying run is now on first base.
Walden has a 1-2-3 and now we'll see if the Braves can walk off for a second game in a row.
Jordan Walden in to pitch for the Braves. Fifth pitcher for the Braves. They'll need a better performance from their starter in the second game of the doubleheader if they want to save their bullpen.
Huge strikeout for Parnell as he gets Chris Johnson swinging. 4-3 Mets lead as the game heads to the ninth inning.
Harvey has to be going crazy in the dugout. What an intense inning.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell in the game to get the four-out save.
Heyward doubles off the glove of Lucas Duda and Simmons scores cutting the Mets' lead to 4-3.
Scott Rice in to try to get Jason Heyward after Upton grounds out.
NOW, Justin Upton will bat.
Now its 4-2 Mets as Jordan Schafer knocks in a pair with a single to left.
Hawkins gets a big strikeout of McCann and there's one away in the eighth. Harvey, obviously nervous abut the mess he left, is seen biting his nails in the dugout.
Latroy Hawkins in to face him.
Brian McCann is the pinch hitter. Not Justin Upton.
Andrelton Simmons knocks a hard single past Wright and Collins gets burned for leaving Harvey in. There's just no reason Harvey should have been left in to face him. Clearly had nothing left in the tank. Now Justin Upton will bat with the bases loaded.
Collins is leaving Harvey in. Shows a lot of guts after he got burned leaving his starter (Gee) in last night.
Two men on and nobody out after David Wright misplays a grounder and Dan Uggla reaches.
A lefty and a righty up in the Mets bullpen and Harvey may not be long for this game. I think Collins yanks him after Uggla bats.
With the run support Harvey has gotten this year, four runs probably seems like a lot.
Harvey strikes out to end the top of the eighth but he has to be happy with those two insurance runs the Mets just tacked on.
Sac fly for Omar Quintanilla makes it 4-0 Mets.
Carpenter walks pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin to force in a run and the Mets lead 3-0.
Bases loaded with one out in the eighth for the Mets. Big chance to add to their lead.
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