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April 19, 2012 – The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves by the score of 14-6 on Wednesday afternoon. R.A. Dickey made the start and on a wet day, he had no control over his knuckleball. He was battered around and the bullpen did not fare much better. Jair Jurrjens started for the Braves and did not pitch well but he did not have too. The Mets 1-4 hitters in the lineup combined for nine hits as the offense continues to do damage.
Dickey pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up eight hits, eight runs with two walks and five strikeouts taking his first loss of the season and is now 2-1. Miguel Batista pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out both batters he faced, Bobby Parnell pitched one inning giving up two hits and two runs with one of them being earned. He also struck out the side, Tim Byrdak pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a walk and two strikeouts, Jon Rauch faced one batter and got him out and Frank Francisco pitched one inning giving up three hits and two runs. Jurrjens pitched four innings giving up seven hits, four runs, four walks and two strikeouts. The Braves bullpen used three pitchers who pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and one run. They walked one and struck out three.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Daniel Murphy had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and David Wright had two hits and three RBI. Ike Davis had two hits and an RBI, Jason Bay had a hit and drew two walks and Lucas Duda had two hits. Josh Thole had a hit, Ronny Cedeno drew a walk and Mike Baxter had a hit. Wright, Nieuwenhuis and Thole each had a double. Davis had a homerun. The Mets were 7-18 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Bay and Nieuwenhuis each had a stolen base. Cedeno committed an error.
Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBI and drew a walk for the Braves. Martin Prado had a hit and two RBI, Jason Heyward had a hit and Dan Uggla had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk. Freddie Freeman had two hits and three RBI, Juan Francisco had two hits and two RBI and David Ross had two hits, an RBI and a walk. Tyler Pastornicky had a hit, Jurrjens had a hit and Chipper Jones had a hit and an RBI. Matt Diaz had a hit and an RBI, Freeman, Prado, Jones, Francisco and Ross each had a double, Heyward had a triple and Francisco, Uggla and Freeman each had a homerun. The Braves were 8-14 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Bourn had a stolen base and Uggla committed an error.
The Mets gave up two runs in the second and four in the third but it was 6-3 at that point. The Mets scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth. The Mets gave up two runs in the fifth through eighth innings.
The Mets record fell to 7-5 and the Braves record improved to 7-5. The Mets will have an off day on Thursday and then take on the San Francisco Giants for four games at home.