Although Kris Medlen‘s scoreless inning streak ended at 40.1 innings pitched, the Braves had no problem winning with him on the mound for the 19th consecutive time. Atlanta had an 11-run, 17-hit attack and didn’t miss a beat because of the rain delay. Two of their most struggling sluggers this season, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla, led the way for the offense.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Medlen didn’t shutout New York with 12Ks like he did in his last start, but he held them in check for most of the afternoon. They didn’t score until the fourth inning, as David Wright led things off with a single, then moved to second after Ike Davis grounded out. Lucas Duda made it count as he also singled, driving Wright home with New York’s first run. In the fifth, Ronny Cedeno pinch hit for reliever Robert Carson, and hit his fourth homer of the year. Duda drove in Wright again in the eighth with a double, but at that point, it was too little, too late for the Mets. They went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Braves Offensive Highlights:
Jeremy Hefner was hit hard for most of his outing, after coming off two straight solid showings. Uggla and McCann started the second inning with two straight singles, then moved to scoring position after a wild pitch. Jose Costanza drove in the first run with a single, but the Braves broke it open in the third. Freddie Freeman singled home Jason Heyward, then McCann was at it again, this time with a two-RBI double. Medlen got in on the act, with an RBI double of his own. In the fifth, they put together two more runs off McCann’s 19th homer of the season. The sixth inning saw Martin Prado hit a lead off single and eventually scored on a Chipper Jones ground out, then Prado followed suit in the next inning with a two-run single. To add insult to injury, Eric Hinske put the icing on top with a home run in the ninth. McCann had four hits and four RBI, while Uggla had three hits and scored three times to lead the way.
There weren’t much highlights to speak of for Jeremy Hefner, as he lasted 2.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 1. He didn’t have his pinpoint accuracy in his arsenal yesterday afternoon, and it certainly showed. He handed it off to the bullpen, which didn’t do much better, after they’ve had a solid week. Justin Hampson finished up the third not scored upon and Ramon Ramirez pitched a scoreless eighth, but Robert Carson, Manny Acosta, Jeurys Familia, and Elvin Ramirez all gave up at least one run in their appearances.
Kris Medlen was on cruise control to his eighth win of the season, as he threw 6 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin combined to throw the last three innings, and only gave up a run on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking none.
The loss is the second straight for the Mets, and clinches their second straight series lost. At 65-74, they’re 2.5 games behind the Phillies for third place.
Probable Pitchers Sunday:
The Mets turn to Chris Young (4-7, 4.48 ERA) to avoid another sweep at home in the second half. They have a chance against Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.40 ERA), who has been hit hard of late. First pitch in Flushing is set for 1:10pm.