Last night was a special night for Matt Harvey; it was his first start in the Major Leagues in front of the home fans in Flushing. Although he fell behind almost immediately, the rookie didn’t let it get to him and got right back on track to have a solid performance. However, newly acquired Paul Maholm was even better, going the distance and only needing 95 pitches to do so as well.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
There isn’t much to say for what the Mets did offensively last night; they only were able to collect three hits off Maholm and couldn’t draw any walks along the way. Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, and Rob Johnson were the Mets players that were able to have any kind of success last night. Ruben Tejada‘s career-high 14-game hitting streak also came to an end, as he went 0-for-4 last night.
Braves Offensive Highlights:
Atlanta was able to put up a couple runs in the first inning to give Maholm something to work with, and that ended up being all he needed. It happened quickly, as Michael Bourn walked to lead off the game, then Jason Heyward hit his 19th home run of the year into the bullpens out in right center field. No scoring happened again until the eighth inning, as Freddie Freeman singled in front of Dan Uggla, who his 13th homer of the season, a fly ball to straight away center field.
Matt Harvey did give the home fans something to be excited about, especially since he showed the way he likes to battle and compete throughout a ballgame. However, his control wasn’t on his side again, as it took him 101 pitches to get through 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Ramon Ramirez, Jon Rauch, and Bobby Parnell all contributed scoreless relief, but Josh Edgin got touched up for 2 runs.
Not enough can be said about Paul Maholm’s performance, as he’s already giving the Braves lots of return on their investment in him. He earned his 10th win 0f 2012 last night and first as a Brave while putting together his first complete game shutout of the season. He went the distance while giving up only 3 hits and no walks, and struck out 5 hitters.
The Mets have now lost three of their last four games, and have dropped to 54-59 on the season, 16 games out of first place, and 9.5 games out of the Wild Card.
Probable Pitchers Saturday:
There is another reason for Met fans to be excited to come to the ballpark today, as Johan Santana (6-7, 3.98 ERA) comes off the disabled list to face Kyle Medlen (2-1, 2.37 ERA) and Atlanta. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10pm.