The Atlanta Braves dominated the New York Mets in every way imaginable Friday night at Citi Field. Braves starter Aaaron Harrang held the Mets bats hitless for seven innings, as Atlanta cruised to a 6-0 victory.
First baseman Freddie Freeman collected two hits against the Mets, including a two run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Mets star third baseman David Wright collected New York’s lone hit in the bottom half of the eighth.
A half an hour before the game, the Mets announced they traded away one of their first baseman, Ike Davis, to Pittsburgh for minor league reliever Zack Thorton and a player to be named later, believed to be one of the Pirates 2013 draft picks.
Both the Mets and the Braves were retired in order in the first inning. Braves left fielder Justin Upton singled to right to start the top of the second. Catcher Evan Gattis followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second with no outs.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese then struck out second baseman Dan Uggla for the first out of the inning. Third baseman Chris Johnson then lined a double that scored Justin Upton while advancing Gattis to third making it 1-0 Braves. Niese then settled down, striking out right fielder Ryan Doumit and getting Aaron Harrang to line out to second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson grounded out to start the inning, and was followed by Chris Young who fouled out to Evan Gattis the catcher. This was Chris Young’s first at bat as a Met, after missing Opening Day due to a strained quad muscle, and playing half an inning in the second game. First baseman Lucas Duda walked, but catcher Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to second on a close play at first.
Braves shortstop Adrelton Simmons led off the top of the third with an infield single on a misplayed ball by Ruben Tejada, his Mets counterpart. Braves centerfielder B.J. Upton, Justin’s brother, followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second with no one out. First baseman Freddie Freeman then grounded into a double play, advancing Simmons to third. Justin Upton then struck out to end the inning.
It took until the top of the eighth for either team to score. Gonzalez Germen came in to pitch the eighth, replacing Carlos Torres who pitched a scoreless seventh. Germen allowed a walk to B.J. Upton to lead off the eighth inning. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman then smashed a ball to right field for a two-run home run extending Atlanta’s lead to 3-0.
From there the floodgates opened. Germen walked Justin Upton, but then induced a fly ball by Evan Gattis for the first out of the inning. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla then hit a ball to deep left for a double.
Justin Upton was thrown out at the plate for out number two, but Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud threw the ball into the outfield when Uggla tried to take third. Uggla scored making it 4-0 Braves. Third baseman Chris Johnson continued the hit parade by singling into left. That would be all for Germen.
In came lefty reliever Scott Rice to put out the fire. Rice immediately allowed a double to right fielder Jordan Schafer, scoring Johnson and making it 5-0 Braves.
It took 7 2/3 innings before the Mets got their first hit of the night. Left fielder Eric Young Jr. struck out looking to start the bottom of the eighth, and Daniel Murphy grounded back to the pitcher Luis Avilan, who replaced Aaron Harrang at the start of the inning. David Wright broke up the no-hitter with a single, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Curtis Granderson then struck out to end the inning.
The Braves tacked on one more in the top of the ninth when Justin Upton brought in his brother B.J. on a sacrifice fly to further the Braves lead to 6-0. B.J. Upton had singled and moved to third on a double by Freeman. The Mets went in order in the bottom of the ninth, ending the lopsided game.
The fierce divisional rivals square off again Saturday night when New York’s Bartolo Colon faces off against Atlanta’s Ervin Santana.
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