Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mets Start Road Trip Strong, Blank Braves

Written by Kenneth Teape (@tapester725)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

Post Game Recap

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The New York Mets were able to get their nine-game road trip off on a positive note Tuesday night, blanking their division rival Atlanta Braves 4-0. It was a quite game offensively, as both starting pitchers were dealing throughout the night.

Bartolo Colon dominated the Braves through his seven innings of work. He allowed only six hits, striking out five and walking none. Only two Braves even got past first base, as Freddie Freeman doubled in the first inning and Andrelton Simmons reached second because of a Ruben Tejada error in the seventh inning. It was an impressive outing for Colon, who worked with little help from the Mets offense tonight, but did not waver.

The reason for the lack of offense was how well Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang threw the ball tonight. The ex-Met had a strong outing as well, allowing only one run on a wild pitch in the third inning. He allowed only two hits, but four walks, to go along with nine strikeouts in six innings.

The game got a bit out of hand for the Braves once the bullpen got involved. Gus Schlosser was only able to record one out before allowing two hits and two earned runs. Ian Thomas was not much better in the eighth, giving up another two hits and one run, only able to record one out as well.

The big producer tonight was Tejada, who knocked in runs in the seventh and eighth innings to extend the Mets lead. He finished the game 2-3 with a walk, scoring two runs and two RBI, and making up for his error.

Travis d’Arnaud was able to erase the doughnut in his hits column tonight as well, getting his first two hits of the season after starting 0-16. He would add a double in the seventh inning to get the scoring started for the Mets.

It was a positive to also see Eric Young Jr. finally get on base. He got one three times, walking once and going 2-4 from the plate. He knocked in the final run of the game, and was able to steal two bases as well. They were Young Jr.’s first stolen bases as the season, as he has struggled to get on base with much frequency thus far in the season.

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The Mets did not have as lopsided a win because of the lack of production behind Young Jr. Him, along with d’Arnaud and Tejada, combined for six of the nine Mets hits. The Mets big hitters, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda, combined to hit only 2-16.

Kyle Farnsworth was able to pitch another clean inning tonight, looking to have locked down a late inning role in the bullpen. Jose Valverde flirted with trouble, giving up back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning, and committing an error in the process, but was able to get out of the game with his perfect ERA still in tact.

Mets manager Terry Collins also ran his challenge record to 2-0. It was extremely beneficial for the Mets, who were put in business in the eighth inning with the call overturned. It extended the rally enough for Tejada to do more damage on the night.

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