This was a turd of a game, even ignoring the bizarre gift the Mets organization gave Chipper Jones earlier today. The Mets were shut out, had no extra-base hits, wasted run-scoring opportunities, and gave up a home run to Dan Uggla. My thoughts are with all those who made the trip to Citi Field tonight.
On the plus side, Jon Niese pitched a nice game. He struck out just two batters in six innings, but he only gave up one run, which came on a solo home run to Jason Heyward in the fourth inning. He lowered his ERA to 3.47, which is fourteenth-best for qualified starters in the National League.
The Mets had five hits and drew five walks. They had two runners on base in three of the first four innings but couldn't come up with a big hit against Braves starter Paul Maholm. All told, they were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, with both David Wright and Scott Hairston going 0-for-2. The lack of timely hitting when opportunities were there hurt, as it's tough to score late against the Braves. Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, respectively, and combined to strike out four while walking two.
We knew it was over when...
The Braves added an insurance run in the seventh inning to make it 2-0. There is no hope against the back end of the Braves' bullpen.
Jenrry Mejia made his 2012 MLB debut, pitching two innings while giving up a solo home run to Uggla on a hanging breaking ball. He struck out one and his stuff generally looked good.
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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