Medlen Struggles Again as Mets Down Braves

Matt Harvey Mets

The Mets bounced back to even the series Tuesday night

Once again, the Atlanta Braves struggled to score runs against the New York Mets on Tuesday night, as the Mets were able to score 3 runs late to defeat the Braves, 4-1.

The Braves were 1-8 with RISP during Tuesday’s game.  That does not bode well for getting runs or a win in any game.

The only Braves run of the game came from the very 1st batter, Andrelton Simmons.  Simmons led off the game with a towering home run to left field.  The homer by Simmons would prove to be the only offense the Braves would get.

They did have some chances that they were just not able to cash in on.  Their best chance came in the 2nd inning when the Braves had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.  They failed at getting any runs in the inning.

The Mets were able to tie the game in the 3rd inning.  After that, it looked like the game was going to be a pitchers’ duel until the 6th inning.

In the 6th inning, the Mets were able to get the lead from Braves starter, Kris MedlenIke Davis got the scoring started for the Mets with a double to right field.  Daniel Murphy was able to score and give the Mets a 1-run advantage.  John Buck then brought in another run with a single to center field.  Marlon Byrd scored, and Ike Davis moved to 3rd on the single by Buck.  The next Mets batter, Juan Lagares, hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Davis and give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

The 4 runs were all the Mets would need, as the Braves could just not get anything going offensively.  Bobby Parnell did better for the Mets tonight in closing the game and giving the Mets a 4-1 win.

Hopefully, you read Jim Hart’s article earlier in the day about Medlen possibly going to the bullpen.  Most people felt like he really needed a strong outing if he wanted to stay out of the bullpen and continue to start games.  He could have pitched worse, but I do not think that was the “good” start the Braves coaching staff was looking for.  Medlen pitched 5.1 innings and gave up all 4 of the Mets runs.  Unless something changes, it looks like Medlen will be the odd man out of the rotation when Brandon Beachy makes his return.

Game MVP:

Andrelton Simmons: 1-4, HR

It was not a tough choice picking tonight’s MVP.  Andrelton Simmons provided the only Atlanta run and made some good plays at shortstop.  Dan Uggla may be the only other deserving player, as he was the only batter with 2 hits, as he went 2-3.

Starting Sunday in Chicago, the Braves have struggled to score runs and hit with RISP.  If that continues, it’s going to be tough for the Braves to keep up their pace for wins.  Hopefully they can get things turned around sooner than later.

Tim Hudson will look to clinch at least a series tie tomorrow night as he takes the mound.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.