The bench mob came through once again for the Mets as they took the series opener 3-1 against the Braves Monday night in Cobb County. The collective lost one key member, however, after Braves reliever Jacob Webb hit Kevin Pillar in the face with a fastball in the seventh inning. Pillar lied doubled over in the batter's box for a minute before the training staff was able to stop the bleeding, and he left under his own power.
Tomás Nido recorded his first three-hit day and James McCann added a clutch RBI double to open the scoring for the Mets in the seventh. After Taijuan Walker left the game in the fourth inning with an unspecified malady on his left side, Mets relievers Sean Reid-Foley, Jeurys Familia, Trevor May, and Edwin Díaz completed Walker’s initial gem.
This game also featured the major league debuts of Johneshwy Fargas and Khalil Lee, Fargas starting the game and Lee entering after the Pillar injury. The Mets also offered plate appearances to José Peraza and Jake Hager, who each entered the game with fewer than ten major league plate appearances. Fargas recorded his first career hit with an RBI double in the eighth inning, extending the Mets lead to three.
GameThread Roll Call
JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 38
The Glider: 23
doctor prancer: 18
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