New York, New York, the team so nice we beat them twice. There will come a day our mockery of the New York Mets will come back to bite us, but today was not that day.
In game 1, Matt Olson homered twice and Ozzie Albies and Sean Murphy added a homer each to lead the Braves to a 13 – 0 advantage going into the bottom of the 8th. It got way out of hand after that, as the Braves put up 8 in the 9th off of position player Danny Mendick. Ozzie finished the game with 6 RBIs, and Nicky Lopez took advantage of a his first start to go 4 – 6 with 5 RBIs, including a 3 run homer off of Mendick in the 9th. Ronald Acuna Jr. scored 3 runs and stole his 54th base of the season, and Olson also scored 3 times while driving in 4. Forrest Wall got his first Major League hit off of Mendick, a grounder that kicked off the 1st base bag. I hope he’s able to get a hit off of a real pitcher someday, but it’s good to be in the books.
The game was almost never in doubt, but Allan Winans did get into some trouble in the first, loading the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch. At that point he got a visit from Rick Kranitz, who probably told him something to the effect of:
After understanding It Was Only The Mets, things went pretty smoothly – 7 IP, 4H, 0 R, 2W and 9K’s. Winans threw 80 strikes out of 111 pitches, and gave the bullpen some much needed rest. Winans, Winans, Winans.
Michael Tonkin allowed the 3 Mets runs in the 8th on a 3 run homer from Daniel Vogelbach. I don’t know if Vogelbach’s trip around the bases ever reached the threshold of what qualifies as a “trot.” I am genuinely concerned that he is not a healthy man.
The Braves won the battle of the position players pitching as well, as Lopez pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th to complete what is likely his greatest Major League inning to date. Since joining the Braves, Nicky is batting .667 with a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
The Mets put a more respectable team on the field for game 2, adding Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Alvarez, and Jose Quintana on the mound to face Spencer Strider. Quintana kept it close during his 6 innings, allowing a single run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.
The Braves got on the board in the 5th with a Marcell Ozuna double and Kevin Pillar single, and busted it open in the 7th. Ozzie opened the fun by scoring from first on a one hopper to 2nd. I’ll elaborate: Mendick was eaten up by a rocket off the bat of Austin Riley and the ball skipped into center field. Tim Locastro booted the ball in center field, then slipped when he went after it. Wash did Wash things; 2 – 0. After an Olson walk, Marcell’s 2nd double scored Riley and Olson to make it 4 – 0. Ozzie blasted an upper deck 2 run homer in the 9th to close the scoring.
Strider, like Winans, also went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6. He threw 105 pitches, going over 100 pitches for the 13th time this season. A.J. Minter and Raisel Iglesias finished up.