ATLANTA, GA - JULY 15: Ben Sheets #30 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the New York Mets at Turner Field on July 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Ben Sheets waited two years for another chance to pitch in the Majors again, and he made the most of it in a big way. Sheets tossed six shutout innings in his Braves debut and helped his new team to a seventh straight win, defeating the Mets 6-1.
If Sheets was nervous, he didn't show it. He only allowed two hits in his six innings, and both came in the third inning: Josh Thole's leadoff single and Daniel Murphy's two-out double. He walked just one and struck out five; he retired the last 10 hitters he faced and left the game after 88 pitches.
Johan Santana, though, was equally stingy. He surrendered just two hits and no runs through the first four innings, but met his end in the fifth thanks to his nemesis Matt Diaz. The Atlanta outfielder doubled leading off the inning and scored on Michael Bourn's one-out double. Following a mound conference during which Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen was ejected, new Braves shortstop Paul Janish scored on Martin Prado's sacrifice fly. The hits kept coming as Jason Heyward drove in Bourn from third with a single, Chipper Jones added one of his own, and Freddie Freeman dealt the nail in the coffin with a three-run homer. The home run was Freeman's 12th of the season.
Santana allowed eight hits in his five innings.