Well, this one had that feeling to it from the beginning. You know, that Barves-y feeling. In the first inning, Andrelton Simmons committed a throwing error that allowed Eric Young Jr to reach base. That being said, I thought Young would reach even without the off-target throw. Regardless, it was not a comforting sight to see Simmons with an error to begin a game where the Braves did not look sharp defensively. Young would later go on to score on an Ike Davis single. There is more to come from him shortly.
Jason Heyward did have an outstanding diving catch in the second inning to showcase his gold glove in right field and keep Jose Legares of the Mets off base. Everything rolled along from there with Beachy looking fairly sharp and the Mets having only a one-run lead until the sixth inning arrived.
Eric Young Jr. reached on a bunt single, one of a few that the Mets would have in this game, to start the inning off, and it went downhill from there. The Mets would later attempt a double steal that led to a Brian McCann throwing error and Mets runners advancing to score one run with another runner left on third. Marlon Byrd followed with a two-run homerun to give the Mets a four to nothing lead.
Things started to look up in the seventh inning when the Braves were able to manufacture three runs off an Andrelton Simmons double with Paul Janish, Joey Terdoslavich, and Jason Heyward all crossing the plate. This would be the Braves final glimmer of hope as Ike Davis crushed a solo shot into the upper deck of right field during the eighth, and the Braves posed no more serious scoring threats to the Mets.
The final line for Brandon Beachy 6 Innings Pitched, 5 Hits, 4 Runs (3 Earned), 0 BB’s, 4 K’s, and the Loss (for whatever that is worth, which isn’t much).
This is just one game in what has been a great season for the Braves who currently stand with a 76-49 record and a 15.5 game lead over the Nationals. They face the Mets again tomorrow at 1:10PM in the second of two games in the series with Alex Wood taking the mound against Jonathan Niese.