This is not going well. It’s only two games, of course. A lot of it is the new guys, who were predictably awful. Livan Hernandez gave up a Grybo with two out in the fifth to put the Mets up 3-2, the winning run. Chad Durbin unsurprisingly gave up a home run when Fredi inexplicably brought him in for the seventh. And Juan Francisco was 0-4 and popped up with a runner on base for the next-to-last out of the game. Admittedly, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla haven’t done much either.
The good news about Jair Jurrjens is that he struck out three in 4 1/3. The bad news is everything else, including that he threw 4 1/3 innings. He walked three, allowed seven hits, and most disappointingly continued his homer-proneness from the spring, allowing two solo shots. He was lucky to allow just three runs, and the one thing he can’t do is start allowing homers. Preventing homers has been the basis of his career.
The Braves finally got their first runs of the year in the fifth with a two-run homer from Martin Prado, scoring Michael Bourn. Bourn had two hits and a walk, but took off late from third on a passed ball in the third inning and was called out at the plate. (Some replays suggested he was safe, but he deserved to be called out.) Jason Heyward was 1-1 with two walks, but struck out in the ninth after Freddie Freeman led off with a single (his second hit of the game).
Cristhian Martinez needed only seven pitches to get through the eighth inning. Presumably Fredi was saving him when the game was closer.