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April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:50 AM

April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 




ATLANTA – Seven innings of Bartolo Colon's dominance only made Jose Valverde's ninth-inning escape look even scarier.

Colon combined with two relievers on to give up eight hits, Ruben Tejada drove in two runs with two hits and the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night.


Valverde loaded the basses in the ninth before Jason Heyward flied to the warning track in center field to end it.


Colon, 40, gave up six hits and no walks, struck out five and didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning until the seventh as he outpitched Atlanta's Aaron Harang (1-1).

Travis d'Arnaud said catching Colon (1-1) is "a lot of fun."


"He commands all his pitches," d'Arnaud said. "What else could you ask for from a pitcher?"

Tejada scored on a wild pitch by Harang in the third and had run-scoring singles in the seventh and eighth innings.


The Braves honored the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th homer in a pregame ceremony attended by baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Al Downing, the former Dodgers' left-hander who gave up the homer, attended the ceremony and threw out the first pitch.

There was little left to get excited about for the home crowd until the ninth.


Justin Upton and Dan Uggla had back-to-back singles off Valverde. Evan Gattis, who returned after missing two games — and losing seven pounds — because of a stomach virus, hit a fielder's choice grounder that forced Upton at third.


Valverde then fielded Andrelton Simmons' grounder, turned and threw wide of second base for an error, leaving the bases loaded. Pinch hitter Gerald Laird popped out to second base and Juan Lagares caught Heyward's shot to end the game.


"I knew I just missed it," Heyward said. "I'd like to be in that spot every time. I'd like to come through."


Heyward, who was 0 for 5, is hitting .107.


Mets manager Terry Collins said the Braves had aggressive swings in the ninth because Valverde was throwing strikes.


"The ninth inning is a tough inning," Collins said.


"You've got a club like the Braves who swing the bats and this guy attacks the strike zone. They're gonna get some hits. When he starts missing is when he gets in trouble. When he throws strikes he gets outs because you've got to swing."


Valverde moved into the closer's role as the replacement for Bobby Parnell, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.


Harang was hurt by control problems in an otherwise strong outing. He allowed only two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings, but he gave up four walks, including two in the third. Tejada led off with a walk and eventually scored on Harang's wild pitch to David Wright.

"I tried to put him away, a 2-2 count, I threw a slider in the dirt," Harang said. "It took an awkward bounce, got away from Evan.


"Other than that I felt good. I kept them off-balance. We just weren't able to work anything up on Colon tonight."


The Mets added two runs off Braves rookie Gus Schlosser in the seventh. Tejada and Young had run-scoring singles.


Braves left-hander Luis Avilan left the game in the seventh with a left hamstring cramp after he dodged Daniel Murphy's broken bat on a single. Avilan was limping and was unable to make a warm-up throw but said after the game he did not expect to miss any time.


Collins asked for a review when Lagares was called out at first base on a grounder to reliever Ian Thomas in the eighth. Following a 3-minute review, Lagares was ruled safe.


Notes:


- Braves RHP Cory Gearrin confirmed he will have season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The Braves previously lost starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries this spring.


- RHP Ervin Santana will make his first start for the Braves on Wednesday after signing with the team on March 12. RHP Zack Wheeler will start for the Mets.


- The Mets said Parnell's right elbow ligament-replacement surgery, performed by Dr. David Altchek, was successful. The team announced plans for the surgery on Sunday.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:41 AM

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Honestly, this should be another W for the Mets.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:46 PM

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Game Preview - which is giving me fits, in terms of formatting.  Just the link, for perusal:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/m...59304--mlb.html

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The Atlanta Braves may have been hoping Ervin Santanacould rescue their injury-depleted rotation.

Instead, he may just be adding some serious depth.


Santana looks to continue Atlanta's impressive stretch on the mound as he makes his Braves debut Wednesday night against the New York Mets.


Atlanta (4-3) has lost Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen for the season due to elbow surgery, while Mike Minoris on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. That trio combined for 30 wins last year, with Medlen leading the way with 15 while his 3.11 ERA was the lowest for any regular member of the rotation.

In an effort to soften the blow of those absences, the Braves signed Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract and forfeited a first-round draft pick -- 26th overall -- as compensation.

The right-hander went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA with Kansas City last year after spending eight with the Los Angeles Angels.

He won his only meeting with the Mets on Aug. 4, yielding one run in six innings of a 6-2 road victory. The Braves would welcome a similar line to that after Santana surrendered six runs with four walks in 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.


"(Santana) pitched better than the numbers show," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the team's official website. "The reports showed there were some plays that could have been made, or were close plays."


Santana now joins a rotation that has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball, compiling a 1.61 ERA behind Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, rookie David Hale and 35-year-old Aaron Harang.

The starters haven't allowed more than two runs in any outing, but those efforts haven't been helped by a lineup that is hitting .192. The offense has managed more than two runs in just two games, and that was the case again in Tuesday's home-opening 4-0 loss to the Mets (3-4).

Those struggles undermined Harang's impressive outing, as he yielded one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.

"You've seen some spurts, you've seen some guys coming out, getting good at-bats. Now we've got to put the whole line-up together," Gonzalez said.

That could be a challenge since the Mets are putting together their own strong stretch on the mound with a 2.00 ERA while winning three of four games.

Giving the ball to Zack Wheeler, a native of nearby Smyrna, could give them a chance to keep it going.

The right-hander is returning to Atlanta for the first time since striking out seven in six scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory in his major league debut on June 18. Wheeler also beat the Braves twice at home while posting a 4.26 ERA.

He's trying to become the first Met to win his first four starts versus Atlanta and the first to do it at all since Terry Leach against the Montreal Expos from Sept. 13, 1985-Oct. 11, 1987.

Matching that feat may require some improvement after Wheeler gave up three runs in six innings of an 8-2 loss to the Nationals in his season debut Thursday.

"It all starts with me though, giving up the three runs," Wheeler told the team's official website. "I should have done better."

The Braves' Jason Heywardsurely feels the same way after flying out with the bases loaded to end Tuesday's defeat to cap an 0-for-5 day.

"I knew I just missed it," said Heyward, who is 3 for 28 on the season. "I'd like to be in that spot every time. I'd like to come through."

The right fielder is 0 for 6 with two strikeouts versus Wheeler.




 

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 4/9/2014 2:50 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:52 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


The Mets are going to destroy Earl Santeria.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:55 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/9/2014 5:21 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


E. Young - LF
Murphy - 2B
Wright - 3B
Granderson - RF
Duda - 1B
Lagares - CF
d'Arnaud - C
Tejada - SS
Wheeler - P

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/9/2014 6:52 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


Barves lineup:

Heywood - RF
Richard Simmons - SS
Freemon - 1B
Johannsen - 3B
Upton Jr. - LF
Ugmo - 2B
Getty - C
Schroeder - CF
Santeria - P

Last edited 4/9/2014 6:53 PM by RSVandy

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:00 PM

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:14 PM

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^^^^^^^ Was that tonight?? ^^^^^^^^

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:16 PM

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well that was a quick inning for Ervin Santana, 7 pitches, 3 outs. LGM!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:17 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


Hopefully Wheeler can continue the streak of excellent SP this year.


Question: Which two baseball teams are an Italian's favorite?

Answer:  The A's and O's
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:20 PM

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Wheeler has already thrown more pitches to Heywood (11) than Santana threw in the first (7).
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:21 PM

Re: April 9, 2014: Mets @ Braves (Wheeler-Santana) - 7:10 PM 


Heywood with a PED induced HR.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:22 PM

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Should have walked him

"Throw strikes, you dummy" ~ Buck O'Neil
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:22 PM

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Heyward got caught looking at that 1-2 fastball, bizarre.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:22 PM

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--- MetsandPanic wrote:

^^^^^^^ Was that tonight?? ^^^^^^^^

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It was last night before the game. I guess they fired off some fireworks and the flag caught.

Shortly after the american flag burned up it was replaced by a confederate flag. (Okay that part isnt true)

There's a Sherman joke in there somewhere.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:24 PM

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Osvaldo!!!
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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:24 PM

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minkusdominkus wrote:

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--- MetsandPanic wrote:

^^^^^^^ Was that tonight?? ^^^^^^^^

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It was last night before the game. I guess they fired off some fireworks and the flag caught.

Shortly after the american flag burned up it was replaced by a confederate flag. (Okay that part isnt true)

There's a Sherman joke in there somewhere.
LOL

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:25 PM

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Thank you Osvaldo.

Freddy Freamon is a pretty good hitter

"Throw strikes, you dummy" ~ Buck O'Neil

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:25 PM

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Osvaldo! The kid is smoooooooth.

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