The New York Mets dropped both games of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Game 1 was within reach for most of the game but the Mets fell short 6-5. In his major league debut, Chris Schwinden didn’t put his team in a position to win, allowing three runs right of the bat in the first inning. He went five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Game 2 was on the bats. They were quiet all night as the Mets mustered only seven hits. The lone run was scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Dreadful doubleheader, just dreadful.
I’ll start with Game 1. The biggest surprise was Jason Bay’s grand slam in the first inning to put the Mets up 4-3. It was the most clutch I have seen Bay perform since wearing a Mets uniform. He has had a rough go the past two seasons, but I am always pulling for the guy to resort back to his old form. The Mets lineup struggled with runners on base thereafter. However, Nick Evans narrowed a two-run deficit with a sacrifice fly scoring David Wright in the eighth inning. He has such strong baseball instincts. The Mets couldn’t rally against rookie of the year candidate Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.
On to Game 2. Dillon Gee pitched well through six innings, yielding three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out six. It was a step forward from his last outing in Washington. The Mets offense simply didn’t do enough to earn Gee a win tonight. Pedro Beato didn’t help the team’s cause. He allowed two runs in the ninth inning to put the Mets in a four-run hole heading into their last at-bat. Beato has been up and down this season, but lately he’s been down.
- Jason Bay last hit a grand slam on June 28th against the Detroit Tigers. He has four career grand slams.
- Justin Turner is batting .342 (13 for 38) during his current nine-game hitting streak.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets play host to the Chicago Cubs for a three-game set beginning Friday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on WPIX.
NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-11) 4.68 ERA vs. CHI Casey Coleman (2-7) 6.61 ERA