Braves Offense Fails To Show Up In A 4-0 Loss To The Mets

It was a dark night indeed for Atlanta, as the Braves mustered only two hits in a listless offensive performance.

Tonight was a miserable night to be a Braves fan. Two rain delays of over an hour each put a damper on the return of Jason Heyward, and a miserable offensive performance from Atlanta made it tough to watch when they actually got to play.

Tim Hudson struggled again tonight, giving up three earned runs in his four innings of work. The second rain delay of the night occurred after the fourth inning was completed, ending Hudson's night. 

The Mets jumped on Hudson early as Jose Reyes led off the game with double to right field. An errant throw from Heyward trying to get the ball in allowed Reyes to advance to third on the play. Ruben Tejada grounded out to shortstop, allowing Reyes to score and give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

Atlanta had its best scoring chance of the night in the second inning, as Alex Gonzalez doubled with two outs. Heyward walked to put runners on first and second, but Joe Mather struck out to end the threat.

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The score would remain the same until the fourth inning, where the Mets added to their lead. Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the inning, and was plated on Angel Pagan's two-run homer that just stayed inside the right field foul pole. Pagan's homer upped the Mets lead to 3-0. 

Mets starter Dillon Gee was impressive in his four innings of work before the rain delay, giving up one hit and walking two while striking out five.

Cristhian Martinez headed to the mound after the rain delay ended, and pitched well until he got into some trouble in the seventh. A Jason Bay single to led off the inning was followed by back-to-back walks to Lucas Duda and Josh Thole to load the bases. Pinch hitter Willie Harris grounded to first, and Eric Hinske went home to get the force out. Harris beat the throw back to first, keeping the bases loaded.

Scott Linebrink was summoned from the bullpen after that, and a great play from Hinske kept the damage to a minimum. Reyes bounced a hot shot down the first base line that Hinske corralled with a great leaping play and managed to tag first. Hinske threw down to second but it wasn't in time, allowing Duda to score from third and make it a 4-0 game.

D.J. Carrasco pitched a perfect fifth and sixth innings for the Mets, and Bobby Parnell struck out 5 batters in his two innings of work behind Carrasco en route to earning the win.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the two-hit shutout.

Atlanta managed only two hits all night, the Alex Gonzalez double and a pinch hit single from Brooks Conrad. They also went through a stretch where 18 consecutive batters failed to hit the ball out of the infield. Jason Heyward went 0-2 with a walk in his return to the big league club.

Up next:

Atlanta sends Mike Minor to the mound against R.A. Dickey tomorrow night as they hope to avoid getting swept.

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