Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mets Recap: Colón keeps the Braves at Bay

GAME 7: NY Mets @ Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA - It was supposed to be a celebration of old and new in Atlanta.  But the Mets came ready to spoil the party.

On the night the Braves saluted Hank Aaron's 715th home run, and the city of Atlanta welcomed the Braves for the first time in this young season, the Mets crashed the party with their 4-0 win.

Ruben Tejada batted in two runs, and crossed home plate twice himself, to help Bartolo Colón (1-1 2.08) earn his first win as a Met.  Colón pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out five in the winning effort in a game where he kept the Braves away from reaching third base.

Aaron Harang (1-1 0.71) pitched six innings for the Braves, surrendering one run when he threw wildly in the third inning, allowing Ruben Tejada to score.  He walked four and struck out nine in the losing effort.  Gus Schlosser allowed two more runs to score in the seventh inning, when he allowed the first two batters to reach base.

Ruben Tejada capped the scoring in the eight inning when he brought Lucas Duda home on a single off Ian Thomas.

K'D: The New York Mets struck out nine times in the first six innings, putting their seven game total to 70 total strikeouts.  Eric Young Jr. leads the Mets with 10 strikeouts after one strikeout on Tuesday, but made up for it going 2-for-4 as the lead-off hitter.  Of all Met hitters, Jonathon Niese is the only batter who hasn't K'd this young season, a distinction that will continue for awhile as Niese's next start is scheduled to be at the Los Angeles Angels, an American League ballpark.

SB: Entering Tuesday's game, the New York Mets hadn't stolen a single base.  That distinction ended quickly on Tuesday after Eric Young Jr. singled as the lead-off batter in the 1st inning, and then a few pitches later stole second base.  He would steal again his second at bat, in the third inning.  Curtis Granderson gave the Mets their third steal of the game in the sixth inning.

TONIGHT: In the ballpark where he made his Major League debut, Zack Wheeler will make the start against the Atlanta Braves.  Wheeler took the loss in an 8-2 decision against the Washington Nationals.  The Braves will send Ervin Santana for the first time this year.  With the Royals last year, Santana pitched six innings in his last start back in September, giving up four runs on five hits in a loss to the Seattle Mariners that officially eliminated the Kansas City Royals from postseason contention.

First pitch at Atlanta is scheduled for 7:10pm, with radio coverage starting at 6:30pm on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

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