New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
The New York Mets (27-40) won 6-1 tonight, taking both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves (42-30).
The Mets called up Zack Wheeler (1-0) to make his major league debut. He threw 55 strikes on 102 pitches in six innings, with four hits, five walks and seven strikeouts. Most importantly though, he didn't allow a run. Paul Maholm (7-6) took the loss for the Braves, allowing two runs in seven innings pitched.
The two runs came in one swing, a two-run homer off the bat of Anthony Recker in the top of the seventh. After the Mets took Wheeler out, the Braves got one run back in the bottom half of the inning off a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton.
However the Mets broke the game open with a four-run eighth inning, thanks to errors from Anthony Varvano and B.J. Upton as well as clutch singles from Juan Lagares and Omar Quintanilla.
Mets fans can be excited for what the future holds, as Zack Wheeler's career is off to a good start.
The series continues Wednesday at Turner Field as the Mets play the Braves in game four of a five game series.
Mets win 6-1
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Turning point of the game: Marlon Byrd's double to start the Mets' four run eighth inning. Atlanta relief pitcher Anthony Varvano had two out in the inning and was keeping the Braves in the game. But when he tried to play Byrd's hit off his leg, he sent the ball into the outfield. Byrd hustled for a double, and later scored on two errors, sparking the rally.
A key player for the Mets tonight? Anthony Recker. He got the two-run homer which turned out to be all the offense the Mets needed to win. Perhaps more importantly, though, he worked well with Wheeler behind the plate, guiding the rookie to a solid first start.
Looking ahead, the five game series continues Wednesday night as New York's Shaun Marcum (0-8, 5.43 ERA) faces off against Atlanta's Kris Medlen (3-7, 3.09 ERA).
Today provided sights Mets fans will hope to see for years to come: wins by Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Once Wheeler settles into a groove and maintains command of his pitches, he has the potential to team up with Harvey as a force at the top of the rotation.
Ballgame over. Instead, Freeman strikes out, and the game is over. The Mets sweep the doubleheader and take two out three in a 24-hour span as Zack Wheeler gets the win in his first career start.
Mets win 6-1
Freddie Freeman the hero of last night's game (or this morning's game, technically) now up. He can't win it like he did last time, but with runners on the corners he can pull the Braves to within one.
SNY's Gary Cohen points out that the Upton brothers don't have distinguishing first initials on the backs of their jerseys. Too bad we can't the visual of "B.J. Upton" next to "J. Upton." It'd look like Justin was missing an extra initial in his first name.
Aardsma is done after 1.1 innings, allowing one hits, one hit-by-pitch and no runs. Josh Edgin is in to finish up the game for the Mets. Runner on second, one out in the bottom of the ninth.
The Braves are down to their last half-inning. They faced a similar situation last night and came back to win. Of course, a one run deficit and a five run deficit present two different tasks, but you never know.
Juan Lagares fouls a pitch off his leg. A lot of players getting banged up in tonight's game.
Cory Gearin in for the Braves to pitch the top of ninth. Varvaro finishes with a poor line: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 2 BB.
SNY's Gary Cohen reports that the injury to Scott Atchison is in fact a sore groin. The relief pitcher may be headed right back to the disabled list.
Mets lead 6-1 after eight innings
Uggla breaks hit bat while hitting into a double play. That's not how you start a rally.
The Braves have disgraced their recently-retired legend, Chipper Jones.
David Aardsma now in for the Mets. Lyon goes one inning, allowing two hits, one walk and one earned run.
The Mets getting runs in strange ways tonight.
Varvaro finally gets out of the inning, but not before putting his team in a deep hole. The Mets take a five run lead into the bottom of the inning.
Pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin walks and the Mets have now batted around the order in this inning, having already scored four.
A comparison of Anthony Recker and B.J. Upton. One stat they have vastly different numbers in? Salary.
Mets score. Omar Quintanilla with hard hit ball to right field, bringing in Satin and Lagares.
Mets lead 6-1 in the top of the eighth inning
Mets score. The Mets add more insurance as Juan Lagares hits one into left field. Justin Upton makes a poor throw home as Josh Satin scores. Lagares and Anthony Recker advance to third and second, respectively.
Mets lead 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning
Mets score. Varvaro attempts to pick off Byrd at second, but the errant throw rolls into centerfield, where it then goes by B.J. Upton, allowing Byrd to score.
Mets lead 3-1 in the top of the eighth inning
Anthony Varvaro mixing baseball with soccer. Marlon Byrd hits the ball off Varvaro's foot, and as it rolls into the outfield Byrd hustles for a double.
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