MLB News: Fall Classic tied at one game apiece as Astros win

The New York Yankees lost in the wild card game against the Boston Red Sox, but the postseason marches on. The Houston Astros won over the Red Sox in the ALCS, and the Atlanta Braves won the NLCS. That series also went six games, the Braves winning four days ago 4-2 and moving them on to the World Series against the ALCS Champion Houston Astros. The Atlanta Braves won game one in Houston.

The final score was the Atlanta Braves 6 and the Houston Astros 2. The winning pitcher was A. J. Minter, and the loser was Framber Valdez. The Atlanta Braves up one game in the best of seven series. It was the Braves’ first World Series game win since 1995 It was a great win at Houston’s MinuteMaid Park, but all was not well with the Braves. Their ace Charlie Morton, is out of the World Series with a fractured leg, when he was hit with a comebacker.

Game Two: Last night was the last game in Houston, before moving back to Atlanta’s Truist Park for the middle three games in the best of seven contest. The Astros came away with the win last night, when they bested the Braves 7-2. It was a battle of the starting pitchers, as both went five innings. The difference was that Jose Urquidi pitched great, allowing two earn runs, while Max Fried allowed six earned runs. Both bullpens did their job, the difference there was the Braves Drew Smyly gave up a run in the seventh.

Last night, was the first night that the roof was open during postseason play in the last 16 years. Jose Urquidi on the mound, Eddie Rosario struck out in a night that Urquidi would strike out seven, over five innings of work. In the bottom of the first, Jose Altuve doubled and moved to third. Alex Bregman had a sac fly to left field, scoring Altuve as the Astros got on the board first in the game. In the top of the seventh, after Urquidi had struck out four Braves in a row, Travis d’Anaud answered with a homer into the left field stands, evening up the score at one.

The bottom of the second was big for the Houston Astros. With men on the corners, Jose Siri was safe on an infield grounder and the Astros scored another run taking the lead. Martin Maldanado doubled to left scoring Yuli Gurriel from third. On a bad throw to home trying to catch Gurriel the, ball got past Travis d’Anaud, and Siri scored as well, giving the Astros the 5-1 lead.

In the top of the fifth inning Freddie Freeman had a sac fly to left, with Travis d’Anaud scoring from third base, that gave the Atlanta Braves two runs in the game and would be the last time that they would score. That sac fly also knocked Urquidi out of the game being replaced by Cristian Javier. At the top of the sixth the ball was taken from Max Fried in favor of Dylan Lee who would pitch a clean sixth. At the bottom, Alverez was driven in, for the sixth run for the Astros.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Astros would score their seventh and last run of the game when Jose Altuve off of Smyly would hit his 22nd postseaon home run deep into the left field stands at MinuteMaid. 22 post season home runs, ties him with the New York Yankees Bernie Williams for second all time. The final score was the Houston Astros 7 and the Atlanta Braves 2. The winning pitcher was Jose Urquidi and the loser was Max Fried.

Today is as day off, travel day for both teams as they move on to Atlanta. With the series tied at one game apiece, if the Astros win all three Atlanta games, they will win their second World Series in four appearances, if not they would travel back to Houston to play one or two more games. The Atlanta Braves have won the World Series three times, the last time was in 1995. To put that into perspective the New York Yankees have 27 World Championships under their belt.

Game three of the 2021 World Series will be on Friday night at 8:09 EDT. Ian Anderson will be on the mound for the Atlanta Braves, and Luis Garcia for the Houston Astros. Truist Park unlike MinuteMaid is an open air stadium. Today in Atlanta there is a 100% chance of showers, Friday and Saturday there is a 50% chance. Sunday’s game will be the only game without showers in the area. All the World Series games will be televised nationally on the Fox Network.

MLB News: Tonight is Game One of the 2021 World Series

The New York Yankees were eliminated in the postseason when they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the winner take all wild card game. But, the postseason moved on without them, first the Divisional Series and then the Championship Series. Now, all of those contests have been decided, and it’s time for the seven-game World Series Classic. Tonight at 8:09 EDT, the Houston Astros will meet up with the Atlanta Braves at MinuteMaid Park in Houston.

First, let’s take a look at how these Championship teams got to tonight’s play. In the East, the New York Yankees duplicated the Boston Red Sox record for a chance to play in the wild card, the Sox having a better season record, got the home-field advantage. The game played at Fenway Park in Boston was won by the Sox 6-2, and the Sox moved on to face the Division leader Tampa Bay Rays. In the five-game series, the Red Sox put down the Rays 3 games to one. The Red Sox advanced to the ALCS against the Astros.

Meanwhile, the Houston Astros faced the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS. The Astros handled the Chicago team easily, winning three games to the Sox one game. The Astros then moved on to face the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. The Astros convincingly won the first two games. But, in game three, the Red Sox came roaring back with a 9-5 win. The Astros won game four, and the Sox won game five, forcing a game six elimination game that the Red Sox lost 5-4, ending their season.

The St. Louis Cardinals faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild card game at Dodgers Stadium on the National League side. The Dodgers won the game 3-1, advancing to the NL ALDS against the west leading San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately for the Giants, they lost to their downstate rivals. The series was tied up three games to three with the Dodgers forced a game six in San Francisco that the Dodgers won 7-2, moving them on to the NLCS.

The other matchup was between the Atlanta Braves NL East leader against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta won that series in four games, moving them to an NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Atlanta Braves won that NLCS. That series also went six games, the Braves winning three days ago 4-2 and moving them on to the World Series against the ALCS Champion Houston Astros.

Tonight Fall Classic Game One:

The first two games of the 2021 World Series will be played at MinuteMaid Park In Houston. The middle three at Truist Park in Atlanta and moving back to Houston for the final two games if necessary.

Tonight, the Astros will send out lefty Framber Valdez to face the Atlanta Braves Charlie Morton. Valdez had a regular-season record of 11-6 with a 3.14 ERA with 125 strikeouts. He won his game in the ALCS against Boston. So far in postseason play in his career, he has played in five games, winning four. On the Atlanta side, Charlie Morton is no stranger to the Astros. He pitched for them during the 2017 and 2018 seasons before taking the job with the Tampa Bay Rays. With The Atlanta Braves this season, he had a 14-6 record with an ERA of 3.34 and 216 strikeouts. In this matchup, Morton is the most experienced in the postseason, winning 7 games and losing 4 in 15 postseason starts.

This pitching matchup and with the dynamic hitters for both teams should make tonight’s game very exciting. The game will be televised nationally on Fox at 7:09 pm CDT, 8:09 pm EDT. Neither team has announced their starters for game two on Wednesday night at the time of this writing.

MLB Postseason: It’s an Astros Braves World Series on Tuesday

The New York Yankees season and hope for another championship were over when they lost in the wild card round to the Boston Red Sox, but the baseball season continued, for now, two teams. The Houston Astro clinched their berth in the World Series when they eliminated the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at MinuteMaid Park. The Dodgers beat the Braves 11-2, earning them a trip back to Truist Park in Atlanta. With the Braves ahead three games to two, the Dodgers again faced elimination last night. Game five of the series was their saving grace, but not for long as the Braves won the elimination game 4-2 and advanced to the World Series.

Game five with the Dodgers in the elimination hole yet again, they faced the Braves. Max Fried was on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers had Joe Kelly on the mound. Freddie Freeman put the Braves on the board first with a right down the middle no-doubter into the centerfield stands for the two-run lead for the Braves, whichKelly’sKelly’s night with only two-thirds of an inning. That lead held until the bottom of the second when the Dodgers scored three runs. AJ Pollock hit a solo homer followed by a two-run jack by Chris Taylor. Dodgers 3 Braves 2.

The Dodgers picked up another run. Chris Taylor managed a single to center with Pollock on with Pollock on, scoring Pollock for the Dodgers 4-2 lead. The fourth inning was scoreless for both teams. At the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dodgers scored another two runs. Freddie Freeman had a solo blast to center. That was followed by Taylor’sylor’s second home run of the game for the 6-2 Dodgers lead. The top of the sixth inning was scoreless for Atlanta Braves. With Dylan Lee pitching for Atlanta at the bottom of the sixth, Trey Turner singled, but the Dodgers failed to score. Dodgers 6 Braves 2.

. In the Braves half of the seventh with Blake Treinen, with his second inning of work for the Dodgers, put down the Braves in order. At the bottom, Chris Taylor hit his third home run of the game, a solo shot to left. Then Cody Bellinger singled to right. Matt Beaty flew out to end the inning. ButTaylor’sylor’s third homer of the game, the Dodgers led the game 7 to 2.

Corey Knebel pitched the top of the eight for the Dodgers and struck out three in a row. At the bottom, Jacob Webb on the mound, Mookie Betts singled and stole second. Trey Turner singled, scoring Betts. Corey Seager singled, moving Turner to second. Will Smith, the only Dodger starter without a hit, struck out. AJ Pollock, who got the first homer for the Dodgers, homered again to the bleachers in left-center, scoring Turner and Seager for another three runs for the Dodgers. Dodgers 11 Braves 2.

In the top of the ninth inning, with the last licks on the line for the Atlanta Braves, Kenley Jansen took the mound for the Dodgers. Ozzie Albies flew out to left. Freddie Freeman ground out to second. Austin Riley flew out to right, and the Dodgers staved off elimination and moved on to Atlanta on Saturday. The final score was the Los Angeles Dodgers 11 and the Atlanta Braves 2. The winning pitcher was Evan Phillips, and the loser was Max Fried. The series was then three games to two in favor of the Atlanta Braves.

Last night was Game Six. Ian Anderson was on the mound for the Braves and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers; just like in most of the games, the starters wouldn’t be involved in the decision. In the bottom of the first inning with Ozzie Albies on Austin Riley doubled driving in Albies for the Braves one-run lead. That lead held until the top of the fourth inning when the Dodgers finally answered. With Trea Turner on base, Cody Bellinger doubled driving him in for the score tied at one. In the bottom of the frame, the Braves again took the lead on a three run homer by Eddie Rosario making it 4-1 Atlanta Braves. Rosario’s hit set a team record for the most hits in a postseason.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. With Alex Vesia on the mound for the Braves in the bottom of the sixth frame with two outs, Rosario walked. Freddie Freeman walked, the diminutive Ozzie Albies got the third walk of the inning. That was the night for Vesia. The new Dodger pitcher Blake Treinen faced Austin Riley with two outs and the bases loaded with Braves. Riley with a chance to blow the game open struck out to end the Braves threat. Atlanta 4 Los Angeles 1.

In the top of the seventh, Chris Taylor doubled. Cody Bellinger walked. AJ Pollock singled to left driving in Taylor and making it 4-2 Braves and ending Luke Jackson’s night. The new Braves pitcher was Tyler Matzek. He faced legendary Albert Pujios with two on and still no outs. Pujols struck out. Steven Sousa pinch-hitting struck out. Mookie Betts struck out to limit the Dodgers to just one run. In the bottom of the frame with Corey Knebel on the mound, Adam Duvall struck out. Joc Pederson flew out to right. Dansby Swanson singled to left. Travis d’Arnaud struck out. Braves 4 Dodgers 2.

In the eighth Matzek still on the mound struck out his fourth Dodger in a row. Trea Turner ground out to left. Will Smith ground out to left to put the Braves three outs of a World Series berth. In the bottom, Kenley Jansen on the mound, Jorge Soler doubled to left. Heredia pinch-runner. Eddie Rosario flew out center move Heredia to third. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked. Ozzie Albies struck out. Austin Riley struck out. Braves 4 Dodgers 2.

In the ninth inning with the Braves, three outs away from a win and a trip to the World Series put closer Will Smith on the mound. Chris Taylor struck out. Cody Bellinger struck out. AJ Pollock lined out to short and the Atlanta Braves won the National League Pennant and earned a trip to the World Series in Houston on Tuesday. The final score was the Atlanta Braves 4 and the Los Angeles Dodgers 2. The winning pitcher was Tyler Matzek and the loser was Walker Buehler the save went to Will Smith. It will be the first time the Braves have gone to the World Series since 1999 when the New York Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves 4 games to none.

MLB News: Los Angeles Dodgers face elimination tonight

The New York Yankees season and hope for another championship were over when they lost in the wild card round to the Boston Red Sox, but the baseball season continues for four teams. The Tampa Bay Rays, who won the AL East during the regular season, lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS. The Red Sox went on to face the Houston Astros in the ALCS. The Astros lead the Red Sox 3 games to 2. The Dodgers beat the Giants for their trip to the NLCS, and the Braves won over the Brewers for their berth on the NL side. Tonight will be a big night for the Dodgers as they face elimination. The Braves lead the series 3-1.

Game one: Corey Knebel was on the mound for the Dodgers and Max Fried for the Braves. Both teams scored a run in the first, tying the game at one. In the second inning, both teams again scored a run tying it at two apiece, and the game remained deadlocked through the seventh inning. The top of the eighth was scoreless for the Dodgers; in the bottom, they brought in their closer Kenley Jansen to face the Braves. He did the job with a 1-2-3 inning.

In the top of the ninth inning, Will Smith took to the mound and put down the Dodgers with the game still tied at two. Ozzie Albies got a base hit into no man’s land in center in the bottom with Blake Treinen pitching. Albies stole second. Austin Riley singled to left, and Albies scored for a walk-off win for the Braves. The final score was Braves 3 Dodgers 2. winning pitcher was Will Smith loser Blake Treinen.

Game two: The second game had Ian Anderson facing the Dodgers Max Scherzer. With the managers being super careful, neither pitcher lasted long in this contest. Anderson went three innings, and Scherzer lasted 4.1. The Dodgers struck first in the first inning with two runs. Mookie Betts singled, and Corey Seager hit a two-run blast to right field. Those were the only two runs the Dodgers would score until the seventh inning. The Braves, for their part, scored two in the fourth. Then, in the bottom, with one on base, Joc Pederson hit a homer to right to tie the game at 2.

In the top of the seventh, the Dodgers loaded the basis. Chris Taylor came to bat and hit one short of the centerfielder giving the Dodgers the 4-2 lead in the game, silencing the crowd in Atlanta. But that would only be temporary because, in the bottom of the eighth, the Braves would answer with two runs of their own to tie up the game at 4. Rosario singled, Freddie Freeman flew out, Rosario tagged and just made it to second. Then, Ozzie Albies singled, scoring Rosario. Next, Austin Riley doubled driving in Albies.

At the top of the ninth, Will Smith struck out the Dodgers in order. At the bottom Brustar Graterol on the mound, Travis d’Arnaud singled, Dansby Swanson hit into a force out. Heredia ground out, moving Swanson to second. Then, Rosario faced Kenley Jansen and singled, winning it for the Braves. The final score was the Braves 5 and the Dodgers 4. The winning pitcher was Will Smith, and the loser was Brustar Graterol.

Game Three: Los Angeles hoped the confines of Dodger Stadium would be kinder to them and avoid being three games behind the Braves. Charlie Morton was on the mound for the Braves and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers. The Dodgers got on the board first with a two-run homer deep into centerfield by Corey Seager. The second and third innings remained scoreless for both teams.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Braves came alive, scoring four runs. With one on, Austin Riley doubled to the centerfield wall. Joc Pederson singled to right driving in Albies. Adam Duvall drove in Riley to tie the game at 2. Pederson was driven in as the Braves took the lead. With the bases loaded, a walk put the Braves up 4-2, and that was the game for Buehler. He was replaced by Alex Vesia, who stopped the bleeding.

In the fifth, Adam Duvall got his second RBI of the game, making it 5-2. The sixth and seventh innings were scoreless. The eight-inning was the saving grace for the Dodgers as they scored four runs giving them the six runs they would need for the win. With Luke Jackson on the mound, Cody Bellinger slammed a three-run homer to right-center, tying the game at five apiece. The Dodgers added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to put them up one run. Kenley Jansen pitched a clean top of the ninth to preserve the win for the Dodgers and give them one win against the Braves two wins in the seven-game series. The final was 6-5, the winning pitcher was Tony Gonsolin, and the loser was Luke Jackson, with the save going to Kenley Jansen.

Game Four: The Dodgers’ enthusiasm leading into game four was quelled early when the Atlanta Braves took a four-run lead early in the game. In the second, Eddie Rosario hit a solo homer to left. Then, Adam Duvall hit a back-to-back homer to center field to put the Braves up two. Next, Eddie Freeman fired a long ball to the centerfield stands in the third, tacking on another Braves run. Then Rosario tripled to right. Next, Joc Pederson singled to center with men on the corners, driving in Rosario for the Braves’ four-run lead.

In the top of the fifth, the Braves would add on another run; in the bottom. The Dodgers finally got onto the scoreboard. With two on, pinch-hitter, A.J.Pollock would drive in two runs with a single to center. But that is all the Dodgers could do against the Braves. In the ninth, the Braves scored another run, with two on; Eddie Rosario would strike again with a three-run homer to right for the convincing 9-2 Atlanta Braves win. The winning pitcher was Drew Smyly, and the loser was Julio Urias.

Game Five: Tonight, with the Dodgers in the elimination hole yet again, they will face the Braves in a 5:08 PDT, 8:08 pm EDT contest. Max Fried will be on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have not announced a starter for the game at the time of this writing. If the Braves win tonight’s game, they will advance to the World Series against either the Red Sox or the Astros. On the other hand, if they can pull off a win, the series will move back to Atlanta for the final two games. Tonight’s game will be nationally televised on TBS.

MLB News: Atlanta Braves win their ticket to the NLCS

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The New York Yankees postseason ended with the loss in the wild card game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have conquered the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS and will face the Houston Astros for the second time in five years in the ALCS after the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 earlier today. The Atlanta Braves were up two games to one and could clinch a berth in the NLCS with a win tonight.

As in previous years, the Atlanta Braves have been one of the most successful baseball teams.  The Braves led the NL East by 6.5 games ahead of Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Yankees’ claim to fame is that they won 3 of 4 against the Braves and both games at the Braves home park. Going into nights game

The Braves are playing the Milwaukee Brewers in the divisional series. Game one was Friday when the Brewers squeaked out a one-run lead in the 2-1 contest. Corbin Burns bested the Braves Charlie Morton. Rowdy Tellez’s two-run homer in the seventh inning sealed the deal for the Brewers.

Game two was Saturday, with the Atlanta Braves shutting out the Brewers 3-0. The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first four-inning, but the Braves scored all three game runs in the bottom of the fifth.

In Game three yesterday, the Braves did it again, shutting them out 3-0. Joc Pederson put his name in the history book in the game, only the third player to hit two pinch-hit homers in the same postseason.

Game four: Tonight’s game was at Truist Park In Atlanta. Eric Lauer was on the mound for the Brewers and Charlie Morton for the Braves. The first three innings of the game were scoreless. At the top of the fourth, the Brewers scored two runs, but in the bottom, the Braves answered with two runs of their own, tying up the game at two runs apiece.

In the fourth, the Braves sent Huascar Ynoa to the mound. With one on and one out, Rowdy Tellez homered into the trees in center to give the Brewers the two-run lead, as 51 years Brewer’s announcer Bob Uecker made the call. At the bottom, Braves came back with a run when Albies scored on a Joc Pederson single with the bases loaded. Travis d’Anaud followed with a single driving in another run and tying the game at four. Braves 4 Brewers 4.

The fifth the Brave’s fourth pitcher A.J. Minter took to the mound, shut down the Brewers. The Braves were also scoreless in the sixth. In the sixth, the Brewers were scoreless. The Braves threatened with men on the corners and two outs in the bottom, but the Brewers changed pitchers, and the Braves stranded two keeping the game tied.

In the seventh inning, with MInter still on the mound, Christain Yelich struck out swinging. The Braves brought in a new pitcher Luke Jackson who shut down the Brewers. At the bottom, the game remained tied at 4. At the eighth, with Tyler Matzke on the mound for the Braves, he put down the Brewers 1-2-3. At the bottom, Josh Hader on the mound for Brewers allowed Freddie Freeman a homer over the left-field wall for the Braves lead in the game. Braves 5 Brewers 4.

In the top of the ninth with Will Smith on the mound, he put down the Brewers for the Brave win and trip to the NLCS. The final score was the Braves 5 and the Brewers 4. The Braves will face either the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS on Saturday, October 16th.

Mets Escape With 2-1 Victory Over Braves After Exciting Ninth Inning

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The New York Mets five-game series against the Atlanta Braves have been a dog fight from the beginning, and it proved again in game four. The Mets 2-1 win was symbolic of their 2021 surprising success. It featured unlikely heroes, bullpen success, and tremendous defense to get a much-needed victory.

After a tense 1-1 battle that carried into the seventh inning, manager Luis Rojas turned to the bat of Brandon Drury. He was fresh off a 3-for-3 night in Tuesday’s blowout loss and was 6-for-14 as a pinch hitter. Drury waited back on a Max Fried curveball and launched it deep into the left-field bleachers for a 2-1 Mets lead.

Battle Tested

The usually reliable Aaron Loup got the ball to protect the lead in the eighth but ran into instant trouble. After two straight singles to leadoff inning, a swinging bunt from Freddie Freeman set the Braves up with runners on second and third with only one out. Jeurys Familia came into face the red-hot Austin Riley, who homered earlier in the game. Familia struck out Riley, then induced a Dansby Swanson groundout to escape the jam.

Trouble returned in the ninth inning for Edwin Diaz, who allowed a leadoff double to Abraham Almonte. After getting a flyout, Ehire Adrianza singled to right field, and a perfect throw from Michael Conforto and a great tag from James McCann nabbed Almonte from scoring the tying run. Pablo Sandoval flew out to Kevin Pillar, cutting towards the left-center field gap to secure the win.

Tylor Megill was solid once again in 5.1 innings, allowing just one run while striking out six to lower his ERA to a very impressive 2.04. The combination of five relievers the Mets used allowed just four hits, no walks, and kept the Braves scoreless. The win pushed the Mets four games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies and five ahead of the Braves.

On Thursday, both teams finish up their series with a 12:10 afternoon game. Drew Smyly faces Taijuan Walker in the rubber game of the five-game series from Citi Field.

Mets Game(s) Preview (7/26/21) vs. Atlanta Braves (48-50)

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves begin a critical five-game series with a doubleheader starting today. As the trade deadline approaches, this series could clarify the type of moves each team needs to make this week. The first pitch of the seven-inning twi-night doubleheader is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. ET.

The Mets took two out of three from the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend and kept a four-game lead in the NL East. Pete Alonso led the way in the series with three home runs and is in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak. During the hot streak, Alonso is slashing .368/.442/.789 with five home runs and ten runs batted in. Jeff McNeil should see his way back into the lineup for the doubleheader after pinch-hitting in Sunday’s win. McNeil delivered a two-run double, which gave the Mets the lead in the sixth inning.

The Braves come off a series split with the Philadelphia Phillies and sit four games behind the Mets. After Ronald Acuna Jr.’s season-ending injury, the Braves have not rebounded to charge up the standings. With the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers destined to play in the wild card game, the Braves’ only hope is to win the division. Should they lose the series to the Mets, they may become sellers.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1

Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Mets and was stellar in his last outing. He threw eight shutout innings, allowing just one hit, and struck out seven against the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets will need Stroman to go deep in the game once again with the uncertainty of their starting rotation for the rest of the week. Stroman’s 2.59 ERA is the 10th best in all of baseball.

Kyle Muller starts for the Braves and has managed to survive in the Braves rotation. He has only gone deeper than five innings in one of his outings but has only allowed more than two runs once. In his start against the Mets earlier this season, Muller pitched four no-hit innings, allowing one run on two walks.

Game 2 

The Mets will likely use a bullpen game in game two as they have no options for a regular starter.

Bryse Wilson gets the start for the Braves in game two and is making his first start in the big leagues since June 20. In two doubleheader starts this season, Wilson has pitched four innings in each start and combined to allow eight runs. Wilson typically throws plenty of strikes, but this has resulted in seven home runs allowed in just 28.2 innings pitched.

Matchup To Lookout For

Marcus Stroman vs. Ozzie Albies: 4-for-10 (.400), Strikeout

Smith’s Multi Homer Game Isn’t Enough in Mets 4-3 Walk-off Loss

The series finale between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves had an exciting start and finish. Atlanta found a way to get to Jacob deGrom in the first inning, and Freddie Freeman found a way to spoil the Mets’ ninth-inning comeback with a walk-off single. The gutsy ninth inning gave the Braves a 4-3 win and a much-needed series win.

The Braves never hit the ball out of the infield off Seth Lugo, but it was enough to scratch out a run. Guillermo Heredia ended up at second after a Lugo throwing error started the inning. Lugo tried to make a hero play as he fell to the ground to field a swinging bunt and flung it into the camera well. Pablo Sandoval moved him over with a ground out, an intentional walk to Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ender Inciarte’s walk after being down 0-2 set the table for Freeman.

He had struck out in every at-bat in the game and made sure it did not happen again. Freeman banked a first-pitch curve off Lugo’s ankle and beat Luis Guillorme‘s throw to first to get the win. Guillorme might have had a play at third base for a force but assumed Acuna Jr. would hustle on the biggest play of the game.

Getting Started Early

It is rare for a starting pitcher to strike out 14 batters and have his worst start of the season. deGrom showed us how it is possible in his dominant outing. The Braves did all of their scoring in the first inning, and it was plenty to survive against the worst scoring offense in baseball.

deGrom had gone 34 consecutive starts without allowing a run in the first inning, but the Braves had other plans. Ehire Adrianza led off with a triple, and NL RBI leader Ozzie Albies drove him in with a single. Austin Riley followed with a two-run home run which was the first first-inning home run against deGrom in almost two years. After the rough first inning, he settled in for another dominant start.

deGrom pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, striking out 14, and retiring 18 straight batters at one point. He also flirted with history again by striking out eight straight Braves. Due to his usual dominance, this was deGrom’s worst of the season but was plenty good enough to deserve a victory.

Matching Zeros

Ian Anderson was the anti-deGrom, needing just two strikeouts in his seven innings of work, and held the Mets to two runs. Pete Alonso gave the Mets an early lead with an RBI single, then Dominic Smith did the rest of the work with two home runs. His second came off Will Smith in the ninth inning to tie the game. James McCann had two hits on the night, but as usual, the Mets offense took a night off.

Luckily the loss does not hurt the Mets division lead with the Washington Nationals losing. On Friday, they begin the Subway Series in the Bronx with the New York Yankees. Taijuan Walker will start against Jordan Montgomery for the 7:05 start from Yankee Stadium.

Braves Score 20 and Mets Peterson Leaves With an Injury in Ugly Loss

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The Atlanta Braves took it to New York Mets pitching in a dominating 20-2 victory where they clubbed 20 hits as well. The big story for the Mets is David Peterson leaving the game with an injury to his side and ending his solid start streak.

Peterson lasted just three innings and struggled from his first pitch. He allowed eight hits, six runs (five earned) and could not avoid hard contact. Sean Reid-Foley provided no help by recording just one out while allowing five runs (four earned). Thomas Szapucki followed and made his MLB debut and gave the Mets 3.2 innings but allowed six runs, including two homers. Albert Almora Jr. allowed the Braves to get to 20 by allowing three runs in the one inning he threw.

Stop The Count

Every position player in the Braves starting lineup recorded at least one hit, and six Braves had multi-hit games. Ozzie Albies led the way with a five-hit, two-home run, seven RBI game. Austin Riley supported with three singles and the same amount of RBIs. Anything with the Braves starts with Ronald Acuna Jr., and he struck for another leadoff home run which opened the floodgates.

Surprisingly, the Mets led 2-0 after Pete Alonso’s two-run home run in the first inning. After the shaky start, Braves starter Max Fried settled in to throw five solid innings. Fried held the Mets to one hit in the other four innings he threw in his first start off the IL.

To put tonight in perspective, Jacob deGrom has allowed nine runs this entire season. He will get the ball and attempt to slow down the red-hot Braves offense against Ian Anderson. The final game is scheduled for another 7:20 p.m. ET start.

Mets Game Preview: (6/30/21) @ Atlanta Braves (37-41)

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves play the second game of their series after a terrific first game of their series. It looked like the Mets offense would disappoint once again, but a 4-run seventh gave them enough to win 4-3. The second game is scheduled for a usual 7:20 p.m. ET start from Truist Park.

Kevin Pillar gets the opportunity to bat leadoff with Jeff McNeil getting a night off. It is Pillar’s first time batting leadoff since the beginning of the month and is 1-for-18 as the number one-hitter this season. He is in the middle of a small hot streak with two home runs in his last four games. Surprisingly, Pillar is hitting just .190 against left-handed pitching after crushing them over the two prior seasons.

To beat the Atlanta Braves, pitching has to contain Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman. They have done a great job against both, holding Acuna to a .167 average and Freeman to a .393 slugging percentage. Freeman did record five hits against the Mets earlier this season but only has one extra-base hit against them.

Pitching Matchup

David Peterson looks to continue his mini hot streak as he takes the mound for the Mets. In his last three starts, he has thrown 16.2 innings, holding opponents to two runs and a .115 batting average. With a very packed schedule coming up as the All-Star break approaches, they will need Peterson to continue pitching successfully.

Max Fried makes his first start off the IL after dealing with a blister on his index finger. Fried was in a terrific groove after lackluster April in which he had an ERA over ten. In the last two months, Fried has a 2.51 ERA and has allowed just three home runs. He pitched six innings in his start against the Mets in May, allowing one run and striking out eight.

Matchups To Lookout For

David Peterson vs. Austin Riley: 3-for-6 (.500), 3 Doubles, 3 Strikeouts

Max Fried vs. Pete Alonso: 2-for-15 (.133), Home Run, 3 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Max Fried vs. Michael Conforto: 2-for-17 (.118), Double, 3 Walks, 8 Strikeouts