The Braves score 5 in the eighth to stun the Mets


“If we lose five points, 10 points, whatever, we’ll keep playing until they tell us the game is over,” Swanson said. “It’s just who we are. They’ve done a great job bringing together a bunch of guys they care about. They care about winning. Lots of contributors tonight. “

New York shot Betances for backup ace Seth Lugo, who immediately walked Marcell Ozuna. Johan Camargo threw a shallow flyout, preventing the Mets from escaping a base-laden jam.

Their former receiver Travis d’Arnaud, making his second start with the Braves, tore a single to cross on the third pitch, scoring all three base runners. It was his third success of the night.

By the end of the night, the Braves had scored the Mets relievers for seven earned runs in four innings. They did damage to the Mets ‘survey pen in three of four encounters, helping to push the unit’s ERA to 6.82, which is the majors’ second worst.

“We never give up,” said d’Arnaud. “It all starts with Snit giving good energy the whole game, no matter if we’re down 8-2 or up a ton of points. … He’s always in a good mood. Uplifts you when you are depressed. And talking about baseball with him is always fun.

One way or another, Snitker’s Braves have done it again. They won a game in which they allowed 10 runs and 13 hits. In a season of anomalies, the Braves pulled off another of their unexpected but unsurprisingly comebacks.

Chris Martin landed the save, leaving two Mets stranded on base in the process. It was his first stop since joining the Braves just before last season’s trade deadline. Obviously, Martin wasn’t even aware that this was a rescue chance.

“He had no idea it was the ninth round,” Arnaud said of Martin. “He thought it was the eighth. I walked towards the mound laughing the whole time. The guys coming out of the canoe were pointing at him and making fun of him too. It was really fun. “

The offense spared the Braves a crucial division loss, which means even more in a shortened season, but it can’t bail out the pitch every night. The Braves’ mid-runs were appalling.

Newcomb had pitched well for three innings but collapsed after a 10 batting pitch against Brandon Nimmo. After fanning Nimmo, he walked Pete Alonso, setting up JD Davis’ two-run homer, although Davis deserves more credit for hitting a low, inside four seams, to tie 2-2 in the fourth.

Robinson Cano opened the fifth with a home run off Newcomb, who then allowed two straight singles. After removing Amed Rosario, Nimmo chose to load the bases. Snitker decided to lift Newcomb for veteran Jhoulys Chacin.

“It’s a total thing, it’s not going out and having two or three good innings,” Snitker said of Newcomb. “A good outing is what you are looking for and you have to end it. He couldn’t do it.

Chacin fought mightily. He walked in two points before Yoenis Cespedes’ double scored two more. Cano’s single won the Mets’ sixth and final round.

The Braves came in fifth in a 2-2 draw. They left him in an 8-2 hole. Chacin ended his night after allowing four runs on five hits in 1-1 / 3 innings.

“We needed him to cover,” Snitker said. “We weren’t in position with the survey pen. Someone, in a game like that, you might give up a few points, but you have to cover a few innings to get us to a doable part of the game. We always try not to abuse the lifters.

Newcomb was charged with six earned runs over his 4-1 / 3 innings, increasing his ERA to 8.22 in two starts (both against the Mets). He’s not the only Braves starting off slow.

Mike Foltynewicz was dropped from the roster after allowing six runs in 3-1 / 3 innings in his only outing. His replacement, Touki Toussaint, will start on Saturday. Toussaint allowed six runs in 2-2 / 3 innings to relieve Foltynewicz on Monday. Fifth starter Kyle Wright allowed five runs on four hits in 2-2 / 3 innings earlier this week.

To sum up: The Braves are crossing their numbers three of the five turns of rotation right now. The team have been unable to replace Julio Teheran or Dallas Keuchel, two longtime veteran innings eaters, and the two starters they added this winter – Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels – are out. In Hamels’ case, the earliest he can come back from an injury is September. Hernandez has decided not to play this season.

Perhaps the best prospect, Ian Anderson, eventually takes the equation into account. Maybe a commercial market will develop before the August 31 deadline. For now, the Braves need to make the most of what they have. They need starters besides Soroka and Fried to move forward. Newcomb, so far, has not.

Winning heals everything, according to the cliché. Friday’s win was certainly worth a smile, but the Braves have bigger aspirations than regular season wins. They know that to advance to the playoffs they will need a much better pitch.

Friday Notes:

– It was Arnaud’s third career five-point game. He also had a last season with Tampa Bay after the Mets released him last May. The Braves have been delighted with Arnaud since returning from a five-game absence to start the season.

– Second baseman Ozzie Albies was out of the starting lineup. He had felt pain in his right wrist, and with the Braves in the midst of 20 straight games to start the season, Snitker chose to put him down. He pinched in the eighth and played second in the ninth inning.

Hechavarria made his first start of the season in place of Albies. He went 1 for 4, with his single shot triggering the five-point blitz.

– Swanson had two more hits and two RBIs. He hits .387 and is tied with Nelson Cruz for most RBIs in the majors. His 11 are also the Braves’ most shortstop scorers across eight games in Atlanta history.

– Receiver Travis d’Arnaud stole a base in the fourth inning. It was his second career steal and the first since 2014. He also had his first two-stroke and second RBI with the Braves in his second start.

“It was huge,” Snitker said. “The old team card played well tonight. As Travis gets laid down it’s going to be good – we’re just trying to work our way of supporting him after he’s been away (due to symptoms of COVID-19). … He will add a lot to this club.

– Designated hitter Matt Adams has lived up to expectations. “Big City” added power in the middle of the roster and had two RBIs on Friday, bringing his total to six in seven games. The Braves signed Adams days before opening day after the Mets let him go.

– Hechavarria, d’Arnaud and Adams are all former Mets, although the latter did not appear in a regular season game. The trio went 6-for-11 with seven RBIs, two runs scored and a steal on Friday.

– Lefties Tyler Matzek and Grant Dayton were in the suburbs in their 2-1 / 3 innings after Chacin. The duo combined to allow just one, keeping the Braves close at hand.

“Awesome,” Snitker said. “Dayton, Matzek too. These two guys threw the ball really well.

– The Braves have won three of the first four games against the Mets. They will have three more in the coming days, starting with Saturday, which will feature Toussaint against Michael Wacha.


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