The Atlanta Braves lost the rubber match of the 5 game series with the New York Mets 4-3, on Thursday night. The Mets were led by David Wright, as he homered twice in the game off of Braves starter, Mike Minor.
Before Thursday’s start, Mike Minor had owned NL teams in his last 18 starts. In those 18 starts, Minor was 12-0 with 2.22 ERA. Needless to say, that streak came to a stop against the Mets.
Wright got the scoring started early, as he hit his first solo shot off Minor with 2 outs in the top of the 1st inning.
The Braves would answer in their portion of the inning. Tyler Pastornicky (starting at 2B), and Jason Heyward, both reached on singles in the 1st. Justin Upton then singled to right field to score Pastornicky and tie the game at 1-1.
It was the 3rd inning when the Braves took the lead against Mets starting pitcher, Jonathan Neise. With 2 outs in the inning, Chris Johnson singled to score Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman. The RBI was Johnson’s 14th 2 out RBI of the season. Gerald Laird singled to center in the next at bat to score Justin Upton and give the Braves a 3-1 lead.
David Wright started off the 4th inning with his second solo shot in as many at bats against Minor. Wright’s home run cut the Braves lead to 1 run. The Mets had a chance to add more runs in the 4th inning off Minor. They loaded the bases with 0 outs before Juan Lagares flied out, and Omar Quintanilla hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
The Braves had a threat of their own in the 4th inning. They managed to get runners on the corners before Eric Young made a great diving catch off the bat of Justin Upton.
Pinch hitter, Andrew Brown, tied the game up at 3-3 as he hit the Mets 3rd solo homer of the game off of Minor in the 5th.
Quintanilla led off the Mets 7th inning with a double down the left field line. Another pinch hitter, Josh Satin, doubled down the other line to score Quintanilla and give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
The Braves also got runners on the corners in the 8th inning before Jason Heyward grounded to 1st to end the inning.
Atlanta had a major problem hitting with runners on base during Thursday’s game. They totaled 11 runners left on base during the game.
Tyler Pastornicky started at 2nd base, as Dan Uggla has been struggling with vision problems. Pastornicky did not disappoint in the lead off spot for the Braves. He finished the game 3-5 and scored a run. I’m sure we will probably be seeing Pastornicky more if he continues to produce like he did against the Mets.
Mike Minor suffered his first loss since May 8th. His final line for the game was 6 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, and 6 K’s.
The Braves will look to rebound as they travel to Milwaukee for a weekend series with the Brewers.