For the second night in a row, the Mets treated the Braves like the ‘before’ picture in one of those Charles Atlas adds and kicked sand in their faces, this time abusing Kyle Wright to the tune of all six runs on eight hits and 4 walks in just 3 2/3 innings. Atlanta falls to 0-5 against the NL East major league teams (2-1 against the AAAA Marlins).
Wright, however, gave it all back in the top of the 2nd. A one out single to Dominic Smith, was followed an out later by Brandon Nimmo depositing a poorly placed fastball over the deep right center wall for a 2-1 lead. Wright then allowed Wheeler to reach on an infield single, but wiggled out of further damage.
Wheeler settled down after the rough first, and managed to hold Atlanta at arm’s length until the 6th, when Acuna doubled home Freeman, who had drawn a walk. However by that time all that was left to do for Atlanta to do was to clean the sand out of their mouth because…
The Mets blew it open in the top of the 4th. Keon Broxton walked and stole second. Nimmo drove another Wright offering about 30 feet with an exit velocity of Just Faster Than Your Mom and a launch angle of International Falls, Mn in December to reach on a bunt single. Jeff McNeil doubled them both home, then was driven home himself by Robinson Cano. Michael Conforto doubled home Cano, and it was 6-1. After an intentional walk, Jonny Venters came on to walk the bases loaded, but got out of further trouble by disposing of Broxton to end the frame.
The bullpen, left with 5 1/3 innings to pitch, actually acquitted itself well. Josh Tomlin handled the 5th and 6th and Wes Parsons the 7th – both of them allowing no hits or walks. Jesse Biddle did allow Nimmo a one out double in the 8th, but that was the only baserunner he allowed, and A.J. Minter ‘handled’ the 9th getting into a spot of trouble with a two out walk to Wilson Ramos, but Dominic Smith‘s double couldn’t score Ramos from first.