Win, win, win. The Braves take their 5th win in a row and remain undefeated at home as the bullpen contributed 5 2/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 7.
Braves starter Kyle Wright battled through 3 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and walking 4. However, 5 strikeouts, a double play, and some nice work by Tyler Matzek to close out the 4th with a couple of runners on helped keep the Mets off the board.
A.J. Minter returned the favor for Matzek in the 6th, coming into a one out, 1st and 3rd scenario to induce an inning ending double play. Until Mark Melancon was handed the 9th, all the Braves relievers entered with men on base and pitched in multiple innings. Shane Greene was the last to pay it forward when he relieved Minter in the 7th with a man on first.
The Braves scratched out a couple of runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Adam Duvall singled, and Austin Riley doubled, then the Braves loaded the bases when Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a fielder’s choice after Duvall’s bluff to the plate drew a throw home. A bases loaded walk to Ronald Acuna Jr. and a Freddie Freeman ground out was enough, as IWOTM.
Johan Camargo hit his first home run of the season in the 4th, and the Braves tacked on a run in the 8th on an Acuna double and a Freeman single.
Yeonis Cespedes gave the Mets his negative-seven-innings notice today, having packed his stuff and headed for parts unknown, leaving his agent to notify the Mets of his opt-out near game’s end.
The weekend wrap-around series concludes Monday at 7:10; Mike Soroka vs. Jacob deGrom scheduled, on Fox Sports 1.
The Braves are now 7 – 3, and 17% finished with the season. It gets late early this year.