The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves on Monday night by a score of 12-3 (Box Score).
Despite finishing his night off strong, Zack Wheeler struggled overall allowing five The Mets bullpen woes continued as Jeurys Familia and Drew Gagnon combined with only four strikeouts in six innings, while the defense was shoddy as usual behind him. To allow seven runs in relief, which ultimately became the game.
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As previously mentioned, Wheeler did not have his best start in a pivotal game against the division leading Braves. Wheeler surrendered 10 hits in six innings and gift up four runs, which saw his ERA rise to 4.94
The Braves offense got to Wheeler early as Ronald Acuna Jr. smacked a solo home run (17) to lead things off in the bottom of the first. Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson would then hit back-to-back one out to bring singles up Nick Markakis
First basemen Pete Alonso made his first of several blunders in the field tonight as Freeman came to score the second run on an error. Austin Riley double play groundout to end the frame.
Despite a poor first inning, Wheeler bounced back over the next three toss scoreless frames. Unfortunately the right-hander goes into trouble again in the fifth, which would ruin his night.
Winner of the inning by walking the lead off batter in Dansby Swanson and then allowed Freeman to single putting two on with nobody out. The 29-year-old didn't make himself any favors by allowing both runners to advance to second and third on a wild pitch.
After coming back to get Donaldson to fly out, Markakis singled to left field to plate Swanson making the score 4-2. The Braves bats weren't finished there as Ozzie Albies drove in Freeman for the fifth run on a single to center field, which extended the lead to 5-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wheeler was pushed to go through another 110 throwing total pitches. Although he had a leadoff single to Acuna, Ramos picked off the runner at first base. Wheeler then finished his night off strong by striking out back-to-back batters to end the inning.
It was the same old story for the Met bullpen tonight, as the struggling Jeurys Familia came on in relief to start the seventh inning. While Donaldson flew to center to start the frame, Marked reached base again on a single, then Familia walked Riley and Brian McCann to load the bases.
This led Mickey Callaway to pull Familia in favor of right-hander Drew Gagnon . The reliever immediately allowed a two-run single to Albies to make the score 7-3. Alonso cut off from Conforto's relay to the disc, which seemed to have gunned the second runner down.
Next, pinch hitter Matt Joyce singled to reload the bases for Acuna. Acuna was that again as it drove in the game's eighth run on an infield single that was knocked down by a diving stop by Todd Frazier . The Braves tacked on another run before the inning ended on a Freeman based loaded walk to extend the lead to 9-3.
Familia was charged with three runs in the inning to increase his ERA to abysmal 7.81. Gagnon stayed on to pitch the eighth inning, as well as allowed three more runs on back-to-back shots by McCann and Albies (fourth RBI of the night) to make the score 12-3 in favor of the Braves. Brooks Pounders relieved Gagnon to record the final outline of Swanson
It was a rather quiet night for the Mets offense as they were only able to scratch across three runs on seven hits. Braves young starter Mike Soroka picked up his eighth win of the season going six innings, while only allowing three runs on six hits striking out two.
Pete Alonso drove in the first run of the game in the top of the third on a single to left field. This saw Amed Rosario came around to score the braves lead to 2-1.
Wheeler likened the game to the fifth inning 2-2 by singling to center bringing home Rosario, who scored both of his team runs up to this point
After the Braves scored three runs in the fifth off of Wheeler, Robinson Cano would get one back for his team in the top of the sixth with a solo home run to center field (4), which cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Mets last attempt at making a comeback was shot down in the top of the seventh with two runners on. Jeff McNeil stepped to the dish, but grounded out to the first base to end the threat.
Following this scoring chance, the bullpen combined with seven runs to put the game to bed, as the Mets were battered on the first game on this road trip
The Mets will send Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38) to the moon tomorrow in game two of the series. He will face Julio Tehran (5-4, 2.94) as New York will try to even up the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:20 PM ET.