Well, at least the Braves didn't get one-hit. That's one of the few silver linings that can be found after the Braves dropped a speedy afternoon rubber game to the tune of 8-0.
Whatever hopes of a series win the Braves may have entertained quickly evaporated as the Mets teed off on Jhoulys Chacin. The damage started in a very strange and unfortunate manner in the second, as Chacin walked Wilmer Flores to bring up Mets' backup catcher Rene Rivera, who is one of the worst major league hitters of all time (career wRC+ of 62, yet he's gotten about 1,000 PAs in the majors anyway). Rivera thwacked a poor Chacin breaking pitch out to left for his first homer of the year, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Things only got worse in the third. Chacin walked leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and another walk came home to roost and make taunting, mocking bird noises at the Braves as Asdrubal Cabrera followed that up with a deep fly ball homer to center field. Chacin struck out Michael Conforto, but after a single by Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda took him deep to center to give the Mets a 6-0 cushion. Two innings later, Duda made the wheels (which had already fallen off) roll down into a burning ravine, as he hit another homer, this time to left center. Chacin then walked Neil Walker (The Walkin' Dude, that should be his nickname) and gave up an RBI double to Wilmer Flores, which spelled the end of his night.
Bud Norris came on in relief and pitched reasonably well, or at least as well as can be expected after the opposing team is winded from running around the bases at a brisk trot again and again, giving up just a hit and getting seven outs. Hunter Cervenka struck out the side to close the pitching ledger for the Braves.
As for the hitting side, there wasn't much to report. Like I wrote, at least the Braves didn't get one-hit, though they did get three-hit and shut out anyway. Stephen Matz pitched into the eighth in breezy fashion, allowing just two singles and punching out eight Braves. The lone Braves hits were collected by Freddie Freeman, Erick Aybar, and Jhoulys Chacin.
This was easily Chacin's worst start of the season. The Braves will lick their wounds on an off day tomorrow before they take on the Diamondbacks at the Ted on Friday night.