After somewhat of a strange at-bat, involving a first pitch fastball directly down the middle that was taken and some swings at clear balls, Ronald Acuna led the game off with a ground ball single up the middle. There was a potentially missed call on a ball in the dirt that was called a foul ball against Freddie that negated an Acuna steal of second base. Freddie struck out on a ball about a foot above the zone. The missed call was especially relevant as Acuna was caught stealing during Albies’ at bat before Ozzie struck out to end the inning. Ian Anderson looked sharp to start the game, striking out Villar and Lindor to start out the game, but he allowed a solo homer to James McCann before Freddie Freeman made a nice leaping grab on a soft line drive with an xBA of .820 for the third out.
Austin Riley led the inning off with a solid line drive with a .900 xBA for a single. Unfortunately, Dansby flew out, Adrianza struck out, and Contreras smoked a line drive (106.8 MPH EV) down the third baseline, but was robbed by a gem of a diving catch from Johnathan Villar to end the inning. Ian Anderson struck out two, but allowed a single, hit a batter, and walked Taijuan Walker to find himself in a bases loaded jam with two outs and the leadoff batter coming up. Villar put a charge in a ball deep to right field with an xBA of .710, but Acuna fortunately was able to catch it two steps short of the wall for the third out. The Braves offense was unable to muster a baserunner in the top of the third.
Anderson got a Lindor groundout for the first out of the home third, but a hard hit deep drive from McCann bounced of Heredia’s glove, leaving McCann at third with one out. A ground ball hit up the middle with a .180 xBA that resulted in a single with the infield in brought McCann home. Anderson got a strikeout and a soft flyout to stop the bleeding there. Ian had thrown 71 pitches through three innings of two run ball at this point. Albies drew a one out walk in the fourth, but Riley grounded into a double play to end the inning there. Ian had an easy top of the fourth, punctuated by a strikeout of Taijuan Walker, who clearly had no interest in swinging the bat tonight. The Braves offense again went down quietly in the fifth.
Villar led off the bottom fifth with a deep homer to straight center on a center-cut fastball. Lindor followed this up with a bunt single. A ground ball single with a .290 xBA from McCann made the situation first and third with no outs and was the end of Anderson’s forgettable inning, as he gave way to Newcomb. Sean struck out his first batter, induced a groundout that could have been a double play with better defense but instead scored the run from third, and struck another Met out to leave the score at 4-0 Mets going into the sixth. Heredia led off the sixth with a double to left, bringing up Camargo as a pinch hitter for Newcomb, who grounded out, pushing Heredia to third. Acuna struck out, but Freeman walked on a wild pitch that scored Heredia.
Edgar Santana came on to pitch for Atlanta in the sixth. He induced two weak grounders to start the inning, but one resulted in an infield single, ending Cameron Maybin’s long hitless streak. Brandon Drury then hit a high towering home run with a 43 degree launch angle to put the score at 6-1. A walk and a Freeman error put Mets on first and second before a .220 xBA grounder scored the lead runner and left runners on first and third for New York, still with one out. It was at this point that Jay Flaa was brought in for his Atlanta debut. He struck out his first batter, but allowed a single to Nido to score one and then a three run homer to Billy McKinney. Before mercifully ending the inning with a ground ball to Albies.
Austin Riley walked and Dansby Swanson hit a single, but Atlanta was unable to score in the seventh. With the ten run deficit, Flaa was left in the game to try to save the bullpen for (hopefully) more competitive games to come. Flaa walked the leadoff batter before recording a strikeout and a flyout and looked like he might escape the inning without any runs allowed, but he then allowed a home run to Francisco Lindor (on a .370 xBA ball) and was yanked from the game. It was a suboptimal Atlanta debut for Flaa...one might even say it was a flaap (sorry). Walks from Heredia and Sandoval preceded an RBI single from Albies in the eighth that was nice to see but too little, to late for this game. No further runs were scored in the game as Tomlin had a solid 1.1 inning night and the Braves went down in order in the ninth.
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