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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (Sept 9) – The New York Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday evening and Thursday night. They lost the first game by the score of 6-5 and the second game by the score of 5-1. Chris Schwinden made his major league debut in the first game and did not pitch very well picking up the loss.
In the second game, Dillon Gee pitched pretty well and the bullpen did not do its job. The offense in the second game was down; Josh Thole was the only player with a multi-hit game. In the first game Jason Bay had a big evening as he looks to salvage at least some part of his season and have something positive to take into next year.
Schwinden pitched five innings giving up eight hits and five runs with a walk and four strikeouts in the first game. He is 0-1 on the season and his career. Daniel Herrera pitched two innings giving up one hit and striking out two. Ryota Igarashi pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit, one run with two walks, Tim Byrdak pitched 2/3 of an inning, and recording a strikeout and Bobby Parnell pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one. In the second game Gee pitched six innings giving up four hits and three runs with two of them being earned. He walked two and struck out six. Herrera pitched one perfect inning and Pedro Beato pitched two innings giving up three hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout. Gee picked up the loss and saw his record drop to 12-6 on the season.
In the first game Justin Turner and Lucas Duda each had two hits and David Wright had a hit and a walk. Angel Pagan had a hit, a walk, Bay had two hits, and four RBI and Nick Evans had a hit and an RBI. Wright and Duda each had a double and Bay had a homerun. The Mets were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. In the second game Jose Reyes, had a hit, Turner had a hit and Bay had a hit, RBI and a walk. Willie Harris had a hit, a walk, Valentino Pascucci had a hit, and Thole had two hits. The Mets were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. Bay had a stolen base. Reyes and Tejada each had an error.
In the first game, the Braves jumped right out in front. Freddie Freeman had a two run double and Martin Prado had an RBI single to make it 3-0 Braves. In the bottom of the first Bay hit a grand slam to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Chipper Jones hit a solo homerun in the third inning to tie the game at four and Jason Heyward had an RBI single to give the Braves a 5-4 lead. In the eighth inning a pitch hit Michael Bourn and a run scored giving the Braves a 6-4 lead. Nick Evans hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 6-5 game. 6-5 is how the game ended up in favor of the Braves. In the second game the Braves jumped out in front again. Dan Uggla had an RBI single to give them a 1-0 lead. Bay hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one. In the fifth inning David Ross had an RBI single to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to extend the Braves lead 3-1. Ross hit a solo homerun in the ninth to make it 4-1 and Jones had an RBI double to make it 5-1 and finish the scoring in the game.
The Mets lost both ends of the doubleheader and dropped back to three games under 500, Gee bounced back with a quality start in the second game after his last start was one of the worst of his season. The Mets offense was very silent in the second game scoring only once in the first inning. Reyes has an 11 game hitting streak. The Mets record is 70-73; they will play the Cubs in a three game series at home over the weekend. The Mets will try to get back on the winning track Friday night.