After serving the Phillies with 15 runs on Sunday, the Braves bludgeoned the Mets for 12 runs here on Monday as they picked up a comfortable divisional victory and their tenth win out of eleven games, overall.
Atlanta’s offense wasted no time getting on the board tonight, as Ronald Acuña Jr. picked up right where the Braves left off on Sunday. After Mike Soroka retired the Mets 1-2-3 to end the top of the first, Acuña sent a fastball into the seats in left field to put the Braves ahead in the first inning. New York’s poor dfense basically helped usher in Atlanta’s second run of the night. Josh Donaldson hit one to Jeff McNeil, who fielded the ball off of his leg instead of his glove on an attempted sliding catch. On the very next at-bat, Michael Conforto committed an error and just like that, the Braves had a two-run cushion.
The Mets then spent the next four innings trying to make the deficit go away. Pete Alonso drove in their first run of the game with a single in the third inning, then Zack Wheeler helped himself in the fifth inning with a single of his own that tied the game. In fact, Wheeler played a role in helping New York score in the third inning as he took a walk to get on base. Wheeler’s a decent hitter for a pitcher, and he put it on display tonight.
New York also added a Robinson Cano solo home run in the sixth inning for the third run of the game, but they were once again trailing when Cano came through with his homer. That’s because the Braves had another burst of offense in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With the threat of bad weather looming and two men on base, Nick Markakis looped one into left field to bring in both Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson to put Atlanta back in the lead. Ozzie Albies added on another run as he poked a single through the middle of the infield to make it 5-2 Braves at that point.
Cano’s homer came after a somewhat weird moment in the game where the grounds crew called for a rain delay, but didn’t put the tarp on the field. A shower did come through, but it quickly passed and the tarp wasn’t even fully splayed onto the field as the rain delay quickly came to an end. The brief spat of bad weather may have helped to end Mike Soroka’s night after just six innings, but it didn’t stop Atlanta’s bats from continuing to pound on the Mets, and the seventh and eighth innings ended up turning this game into another laugher for the Braves.
Jeurys Familia loaded the bases, and made way for Drew Gagnon to hopefully put out the fire. He didn’t do that, as the Braves tagged him for three singles and a walk before he could get out of the inning. By the time the damage was done for the seventh inning, the Braves were up 9-3 after RBI singles from Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., and a bases-loaded walk for Freddie Freeman.
The ashes of the previous inning’s attack were still smoldering when the Braves jumped on Gagnon and the Mets once again in the eighth inning. Austin Riley took a one-out walk, and then Brian McCann gave the fans in the Chop House a souvenir to go home with via a two-run homer. The fans in that section ended up getting a second chance at taking a ball home, as Ozzie Albies hit one into the upper part of the Chop House in the very next at-bat.
The back-to-back home runs made it 12-3 for the Braves, and that’s how it ended. At that point, the only drama left was whether or not Acuña would fulfill his duties as the team’s Official Powerade Dumper at the expense of Ozzie. It was yet another huge day at the plate for the Braves and an especially big day for Ozzie Albies, who finished the night with a 3-for-5 night, including four RBIs and that huge home run. The Braves have been on a tear lately, as the month of June continues to be a great month for Atlanta.