Norris had his best outing as a Brave. He went seven, fanned eight and threw only 88 pitches, 61 of them strikes. Freddie Freeman led the offense. In fact, for seven innings, Freeman was The Offense. His first inning opposite field home run was the only run in the game until the Braves busted it open in the bottom of the eighth. Freddie ended the day with the homer, a double, a single and a walk in his four plate appearances.
Norris was relieved by Jim Johnson in the eighth.
Johnson retired the three Mets he faced without incident, and the Braves led one-zip going into their half of the eighth.
Ender Inciarte started with a single, was balked to second and stole third as Freeman walked. Nick Markakis singled in Ender, bringing up Garcia with two on and nobody out. Adonis had hit the ball hard but at
them all game, but this time he smashed a three run home run to give our Braves a 5-0 lead.
The Mets rallied for two off Alexi Ogando in the ninth,
but Arodys Vizcaino ended the drama and saved the game. For the record, both Freddie and Adonis played
well afield as well as at the plate, and Bud’s outing enhanced his trade value. For teams needing a middling starting pitcher, this Bud’s for you.