Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Mets get swept in Atlanta to open the second half

The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves by the score of 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. The game took place at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Mets were unable to avoid the sweep and are not off to a good start in the second half of the season. The Mets had a good first half but a lot of people question if they could keep it up, they need to bounce quick and not let this get out of hand. Johan Santana started for the Mets and pitched poorly. Ben Sheets started for the Braves and pitched well. Andres Torres led the Mets offense. Chipper Jones led the Braves offense in hits and Freddie Freeman had the most RBI. 
Santana pitched five innings giving up eight hits and six runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Santana is now 6-6 on the season. Ramon Ramirez pitched two innings giving up two walks and striking out one and Miguel Batista pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Sheets earned his first win of the season pitching six innings giving up two hits and no runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Kris Medlen pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up three hits and a run with a walk, Eric O’Flaherty pitched to one batter and retired him and Anthony Varvaro pitched one inning giving up a hit and struck out one.

Ruben Tejada had a hit, Daniel Murphy had a hit and David Wright drew two walks. Scott Hairston had a hit, Torres had two hits and an RBI and Josh Thole had a hit. Murphy, Hairston and Tejada each had a double. The Mets were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base.

Michael Bourn had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Martin Prado had a hit and an RBI and Jason Heyward had a hit and an RBI. Jones had two hits, Freeman had a hit and three RBI and Brian McCann had a hit. Matt Diaz had a hit, Sheets drew a walk and Ben Francisco drew a walk. Prado, Diaz and Bourn each had a double. Freeman hit a homerun. The Braves were 3-8 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning. The Braves scored all six runs in the fifth. Bourn hit an RBI double, Prado hit a sacrifice fly, Heyward hit an RBI single and Freeman hit a three run homerun. It was 6-0 Braves. The Mets would score their only run and the final run of the game in the seventh inning. Torres hit an RBI single.

The Braves swept the three game series from the Mets. The Mets record fell to 46-43 and the Braves improved their record to 49-39. The Mets will have an off day on Monday and then head to Washington to take on the Nationals in a three game series.

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