Mike Pelfrey has not won since June 25th and for the 7th straight start he failed to reach the 6th inning, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) over 4 2/3 IP, while picking up his 6th loss of the season. NY is 1-6 over that span and after a 1st inning RBI double off the bat of Brian McCann, he has now allowed 12 first inning runs in those 7 starts (15.42 ERA). Pelfrey was unable to close the door on any Atlanta rally allowing all 5 runs with 2 outs and after the game he commented on his continuing struggles by stating:
The team needed me to step up and be a lot better than I had been. Giving up 5 runs isn’t cutting it so, I take full responsibility for tonight. Starting pitching sets the tempo and I didn’t do that I take responsibility for the game.”
Kris Medlen was forced to leave the game due to injury after allowing 2 ER in 4 1/3 IP and was relieved by Mike Dunn who picked up the first win of his career. Dunn combined with 3 other Atlanta relievers to pitch 4 2/3 IP allowing just 1 ER as the Braves were able to win the rubber match of this 3 game series and take a 6 1/2 game lead over the Mets in the NL East Division.
After NY took a 2-1 lead on a Carlos Beltran RBI ground out to first, Pelfrey quickly gave it back in the next half inning, when he served up back to back solo shots to Chipper Jones and Brian McCann after easily retiring the first two batter he faced. Chipper may not be having a good season (.255 AVG) but it was his 2nd home run of the series and 44th career 4 bagger vs. the the Mets.
To start the bottom of the 5th inning Atlanta pitcher Mike Dunn hit a slow...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: