Once again, run production was the culprit in the New York Mets 3-1 loss to Bartolo Colon and the Atlanta Braves.
- New York Mets 1 (1-1)
- Atlanta Braves 3 (1-1)
- W: Johnson (1-0) L: Montero (0-1)
- NL, Final, Box Score
- Citi Field, Queens, New York
The Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 3-1 in 12 innings on Wednesday night.
Matt Kemp‘s two RBI double in the 12th-inning proved to be the difference-maker in the game.
There was a very unique vibe at Citi Field tonight. The crowd was electric as Big Sexy made his much-anticipated return to Queens.
The Flushing faithful gave Colon quite the ovation, both before the game and as he walked up to the plate. It is clear Bartolo will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Mets fans, regardless of the jersey he wears.
It appears that the old Jacob deGrom is back and better than ever. Jacob tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Not only was his stat-line nearly flawless, deGrom’s velocity and command appeared to be back at the level Mets fans were used to seeing.
In 12 innings, Mets starting pitching has yet to allow a run.
.@JdeGrom19 with a solid start to the 2017 season. ? #LGM pic.twitter.com/ByaLS3hB4U
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 6, 2017
Offensively, the Mets got out to an early lead as Jay Bruce hit the first home run of the season for the Amazins’. This was all the offense the Mets could muster off of Bartolo, as he held the team scoreless otherwise.
The next real chance the Mets had offensively was the 10th-inning. Following a Jay Bruce double and an intentional walk to Lucas Duda, both TDA and Ty Kelley struck out.
The Amazins’ were held to just five hits tonight, three coming off the bat of Jay Bruce, who finished a triple away from the cycle.
After working a perfect inning on Monday, Hansel Robles was near ineffective for the Mets tonight. Hansel only recorded one out, while allowing two hits, a walk, a hit- batsman and a run. He departed with the bases loaded and one out, as Terry Collins called Jerry Blevins from the bullpen.
Blevins shut the door on what very well could have been a disastrous inning for the Mets, striking out Bonifacio on a 3-2 pitch and coaxing a weak ground ball to first base to retire Inciarte, stranding the bases loaded.
The Mets also escaped danger in the 8th-inning as Fernando Salas was able to get himself out of a two on two out jam by striking out Brandon Phillips.
Both Addison Reed and Josh Edgin made their first appearances of the season, and worked a perfect ninth and 10th, respectively.
Montero got the nod in the 11th-inning, and after the Braves set the table with only one out, Montero was able to finesse a double-play ball from Adonis Garcia. He was unable to escape the jam in the 12th, as Matt Kemp doubled down the left-field line with the bases loaded to score a pair.
The Dark Knight gets the call tomorrow night as the Mets finish their series with the Braves.
Flashing the leather! @NeilWalker18 with a great play to end the top of the 2nd. #Mets pic.twitter.com/fGsjhkE6pj
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 5, 2017
DRINK IT IN, @Braves fam. There's Bartolo Colon's first strikeout in ATL uniform. #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/CRguBximBS
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 5, 2017