Matt Harvey pitched no-hit ball for six innings and fanned thirteen batters as the New York Mets held off a late Atlanta at Turner Field to nip the Braves, 4-3.
It was just 15 hours after Freddie Freeman’s walk-off homer, that the Braves fell to the Mets in game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
The Braves sent Alex Wood to the mound for his first big league start. Wood was stellar in a starting role for (AA) Mississippi, but has seen all of his Major league time in a bullpen role. I think Alex Wood had a decent day, although he only pitched 3 innings.
A blister, combined with pitch count in the 70’s, led to Wood’s exit. He only allowed 1 ER that really should have got him out of the inning. Chris Johnson hesitated with a ball that allowed Marlon Byrd to reach 1st safely. The throw/hesitation allowed Daniel Murphy to score on the play. Wood also walked 3 and struck out 5 in his first start.
Daniel Murphy’s run on the Chris Johnson hesitation, got the scoring started in the 3rd inning. The Mets added another run to their lead in the 4th inning, when former Marlin, John Buck, hit a solo shot to left field. Buck’s shot gave the Mets at 2-0 lead over the Braves.
The scoring stayed that way until the top of the 8th, when Jordany Valdespin drew a bases loaded walk, to increase the Mets lead to 3-0. They would add another run in the 8th inning from an Omar Quintanilla sac fly. The Mets led the Braves 4-0 after their portion of the 8th inning.
The Braves finally chased Matt Harvey (7IP, 3H, 3ER, and 13K’s) after he began to struggle to start off the 8th inning. That is when the Braves bats finally got started. A single by Jordan Schafer scored both Gerald Laird and Dan Uggla. The runs cut the Mets lead in half.
With Andrelton Simmons on 2nd base, a Jason Heyward double cut the Mets lead to 1, 4-3. That was all the Braves would get as Chris Johnson struck out with the bases loaded to end the Atlanta 8th.
The Braves got the tying run on with 1 out in the 9th, but could not capitalize, as Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton both made out to end the ballgame. The Braves fell 4-3 Mets in game 1 of the split doubleheader.