The Atlanta Braves were swept by the New York Mets in the opening series of the season in the Big Apple. After winning five straight games, the Braves were hoping their luck would change against the Mets back in Atlanta. However, their bats went quiet and Tommy Hanson gave up a critical home run as the Braves lost 6-1 to the Mets on Monday night.
Hanson was cruising until the sixth inning, when Ruben Tejada smoked a double off of the left-field wall. After issuing an intentional walk to David Wright, Ike Davis launched a three-run home run off of a hanging curve to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. Other than the sixth inning, Hanson pitched a strong game with his fastball routinely topping 90 mph. He went seven innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts.
“I felt really good, and I still felt good [in the sixth inning],” Hanson said. “I kind of threw around Wright right there and then put him on, and then Ike caught that curveball. I felt good and felt like I threw the ball well, just the results weren’t there."
Hanson continued the good work by Braves pitchers Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy, as the trio became the first group of starters to pitch at least seven innings in three consecutive games since May 14-17, 2011.
However, the Braves could never get the big hit when they needed it, as they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, lowering their team average to .198 in these situations for the season.
“Even though I think they have a good ballclub, I never expected to be 0-4 against them," Dan Uggla said. "It’s a funny game. We’ve got to obviously make an adjustment against them, because they’ve kind of put it to us these first four games.”
The Braves scored their only run of the game on Jack Wilson's RBI groundout in the second inning. Wilson was later robbed of a home run by Jason Bay.
The Braves will send Randall Delgado (1-0, 3.60 ERA) to the hill against Johan Santana (0-1, 0.90 ERA) at 7:10 PM EDT on Tuesday.
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