Wood Struggles as Braves Drop Mets Finale

The Mets were not kind to Braves rookie Alex Wood

The Mets were not kind to Braves rookie Alex Wood

The Atlanta Braves fell 7-4 to the New York Mets in the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon as Braves rookie Alex Wood struggled in his second start. The Braves road woes continued this past four days in New York.

Alex Wood was called up to take Paul Maholm’s spot in the Atlanta rotation. This was his 2nd start of the season, and 1st since being sent to Gwinnett to be “stretched” out for a starting role.

The Braves got a run in very unusual fashion in the 1st inning. Evan Gattis struck out, but the ball got by Mets catcher, John Buck.  Buck tried to throw Gattis out at 1st, but instead hit Gattis with the throw.  Reed Johnson was able to score, as the ball hit Gattis and got away from the Mets first baseman, Josh Satin.

The Mets responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Marlon Byrd singled to left, that allowed Eric Young Jr. to score and get the Mets on the board.

Justin Turner then hit a soft ground ball out to Dan Uggla.  Uggla got the out, but the ball was hit so softly that Daniel Murphy was able to score from 3rd.  John Buck got redemption for his earlier play with his own single to left field.  His single scored Satin and Byrd and gave the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Dan Uggla did his part by cutting into the Mets lead.  His line drive home run with Freddie Freeman on base cut the Mets lead to just one.

However, the Mets would open things back up in the 6th inning. They recorded a single, double, and a triple that each plated a run.  Those three runs increased their lead to 7-4.

That would be all the Mets would need, as their bullpen came in to shut the Braves down.

Game MVP

Dan Uggla: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

Uggla has been on a home run tear recently.  He increased his team lead to 21 homers.  His home run got the Braves close but the pitching staff could not keep the Mets in check.

 The Braves have a tough series coming up against the Cardinals this weekend.  The Braves need to do all they can to catch the Cardinals for the NL best record.  That will be vital down the road as the Braves road woes continue.