Game 1:

The Braves hit 4 solo home runs, 3 of them off fill-in starter D.J. Carrasco, to beat the Mets 4-2 in the first game of today’s twin bill.

Chipper Jones got the Braves on the board immediately, hitting an opposite field bomb in the first inning.  Alex Gonzalez later hit 2 of his own, and that would be all Derek Lowe needed, as he looked sharp early.  The Mets were held scoreless until the 5th inning, when Reyes produced an RBI on a groundout.  That cut the deficit to 3-1, and while Willie Harris doubled home a run an inning later to bring it to 3-2, that was all they would get.  As has been the case recently, the Mets’ bats were silenced in the late innings, and Freddie Freeman’s solo shot in the 6th would provide the final score of 4-2.

 

Game 2:
Mike Pelfrey started this one against Jair Jurrjens, who was making his season debut.  The middle of the Braves’ order did heavy damage against Pelfrey, with Jones, Eric Hinske, and Dan Uggla combining for 6 hits and 3 RBI’s.  Pelfrey allowed 11 hits and 4 runs, and couldn’t record an out in the 6th inning before getting pulled.  But he did lower his ERA to 9.72.  So that’s a plus.

Uggla’s RBI single in the 1st inning would be all Jurrjens needed, as he was in complete control of this game from pitch 1.  He would pitch 7 shutout innings and only yield 3 baserunners.  Jones drove in a run in the 3rd, Hinske drove one home in the 5th, and David Ross delivered the knockout blow to Pelfrey with an RBI single in the 6th.  After Jurrjens exited, the bullpen tossed 2 hitless innings to end the long day.

3 Up:
-Mets Defense: In the 3rd inning of game 1, Nate McClouth appeared to have stolen second, but then Jose Reyes alertly tagged him after his foot came off the base.  Then, a batter later, Willie Harris made a nice catch on Jones’ foul pop up.  The Mets didn’t commit an error in the field today.
-The Young Relievers: Combined output from Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato – 4 shutout innings, 1 hit, 6 strikeouts.
-That the Day’s Over: No explanation necessary.

3 Down:
-Game 2 Baserunning: The only 2 hits Jurrjens allowed were both wiped off the basepaths.  Willie Harris got picked off in the 2nd inning, and then Murphy was thrown out trying to steal third after a leadoff double in the 6th. 
-Combined Offensive Output: 2 runs, 8 hits combined for the day. 
-Overall Outlook: So the Mets are now 4-11, have lost 7 in a row, just put their most effective starting pitcher (Chris Young) on the DL, and all this coming AFTER Terry Collins recently had a closed-door meeting.  Yikes…

On Deck:
The Mets try to avoid a 3-game sweep tomorrow.  The game starts at 1:35 PM.

NYM Dillon Gee (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. ATL Tommy Hanson (1-2, 3.38 ERA)