By Keith Harrison
The Mets were back home at Citi Field on Friday night as they returned from their 6 game west coast road trip. On tap were the Atlanta Braves whom the Mets had taken 2 of 3 from earlier in the season. Jon Niese was on the mound for the Mets, Aaron Harang for Atlanta.
The Braves got on the board first taking a 1-0 lead when Chris Johnson doubled to deep left field, driving in Justin Upton.
Aaron Harang was sensational in this game, he would finish with 7 innings of no hit ball.
The Mets offense has been completely shut out up, but they are still in the game thanks to some pretty good pitching themselves from Jon Niese and Carlos Torres. Then Gonzalez Germen came into the game in the top of the 8th. BJ Upton leads off the inning with an infield single to third base. Freddie Freeman then continues to torch the Mets, belting a 2-run homer to right. Braves take a 3-0 lead and they weren’t done yet. Justin Upton is up next, he walks. Evan Gattis then flies out to center. Dan Uggla at the plate, he doubles to deep left center, Justin Upton gets thrown out at home plate. Dan Uggla attempts to take third, d’Arnaud botches the throw, Uggla comes in to score. Braves lead 4-0. Chris Johnson singles to left to keep the inning alive. Scott Rice is on in relief for Germen, he immediately gives up a double to deep right field to Jordan Schafer, Johnson scores. 5-0 Braves.
The Braves would add on one more run in the top of the 9th on a Justin Upton sac-fly. This game was just another example of the Mets getting a good performance from their starter and the bullpen imploding. The Mets offense was downright pathetic in this game making Aaron Harang look like Tom Seaver.
Mets fall to 8-8 on the season. Game 2 of this series is Saturday night, Bartolo Colon vs. Ervin Santana.
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