The Atlanta Braves managed to put their recent struggles in the rearview mirror as they completed a sweep of the New York Mets in a doubleheader on Thursday. Behind a strong performance by rookie pitcher Julio Teheran, the Braves finally figured out Dillon Gee and defeated the Mets 5-1 in game two of the doubleheader.
The Braves rebounded from a poor showing in Philadelphia where their offense and pitching were less than stellar. The quick turnaround was due in large part to the offense showing some life as well as the pitching. The Braves are in the midst of a four-game stretch where they are sending four rookie starters to the mound (Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Teheran, and Randall Delgado). Teheran, making his third start in the big leagues, pitched 5 1/3 innings while giving up only one run and recording three strikeouts en route to his first major league win.
The Braves offense picked up where it left off in game one when Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the first inning. After Teheran allowed the Mets to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, David Ross hit an RBI single to regain the lead. The Braves never relinquished the lead and tacked on a few more runs later in the game. Ross hit a solo homer in the ninth inning, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a double.
Michael Bourn did a good job setting the table by drawing a walk and hitting a triple while also scoring two runs. Jack Wilson made a contribution off the bench after entering the game in a double switch. Wilson hit a leadoff double and later scored in addition to making a dazzling defensive play to end a Mets threat.
“It was good to come back after losing in Philly and right the ship," Jones said. "We got good starts from a couple of young guys and got some offense too. … It’s a big lift for us. Last night we were a little down. [Wednesday] night we had that game in Philly won and we lost it. Knowing we had a long day here and a long day in St. Louis, the prospects of doing what we did here weren’t good but we played good baseball today.”
The Braves were able to bounce back from the Phillies series with timely hitting and another solid performance from the bullpen. Cristhian Martinez pitched two perfect innings of relief, and Eric O'Flaherty and Anthony Varvaro finished off the game in impressive fashion.
Today's twin bill was the third doubleheader the Braves have played this season, and, remarkably, the Braves have swept all three.
The Braves will travel to St. Louis where rookie Randall Delgado (0-1, 4.20 ERA) will face Edwin Jackson (11-9, 3.78 ERA) in a matchup with playoff implications. The Braves currently have a 7 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card race.
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