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New York Mets Blank Atlanta Braves on Opening Day

April 5th, 2012 at 7:28 PM
By Cody Fields

Tommy Hanson handled his first career Opening Day start well, but the same woes that plagued the 2011 Atlanta Braves showed up when the New York Mets shut them out 1-0.

Hanson looked strong in his five-plus innings at Citi Field. The lone run he gave up came when he allowed the first three batters of the sixth inning to reach. Hanson walked Andres Torres to begin the inning. Torres then moved to third on a Daniel Murphy single, and David Wright provided only run of the ballgame with an RBI single.

The walk to Torres was the third that Hanson had given up; he got Ike Davis to ground into a double play in the fourth and struck out Mike Baxter in the fifth to get out of those situations.

Kris Medlen was called on to put out the fire in the sixth after Wright's single. He sat down Davis, Jason Bay and Lucas Duda in order to get out of the jam. He then worked a scoreless seventh as well, giving up only a single to Josh Thole.

Johan Santana was strong in his own right in his first start since 2010. He struck out five over his five innings, but the bigger story may be the Braves' missed opportunity against him in the fifth inning.

With one out, Matt Diaz drove a double to the right-center field gap to start the threat. After Jason Heyward flied out, Tyler Pastornicky worked an 0-2 count into a walk, which was followed by Hanson working his own two-out walk with a full count. Michael Bourn then tapped out to Santana to end the threat.

"He’s not the guy who’s throwing 94 anymore but I tell you what, he still knows how to pitch," Dan Uggla said. "He’s still in the zone. He knows how to compete and he’s still got that great change-up. He went out and battled and got us today."

The same thing happened the next inning when Brian McCann drew a one-out walk and was moved to second by an Uggla single. The Braves could not capitalize as Freddie Freeman flew out and Matt Diaz grounded out to end the inning.

And down 1-0, Tyler Pastornicky got his first Major League hit in the form of a triple with one out, but Jose Constanza and Bourn both went down swinging to put the Braves at 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

"Came out and made a couple of nice plays defensively, hit a triple for his first knock," Fredi Gonzalez said. "You feel pretty good with one out and man on third. We just didn’t get him in."

The Braves have and off day tomorrow, but pick up the series again Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m. 

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, David Wright, MLB, New York Mets, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Pastornicky

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