WP: Minor (5-2)
LP: Schwinden (0-1)
SV: Kimbrel (43)
After being swept for the first time this season by the Phillies, the Braves looked to regain some momentum in game one of today's double header against the Mets. Major props have to be given to Fredi Gonzalez for finally putting a more optimized lineup on the field, featuring Chipper Jones in the two-hole, Martin Prado batting sixth, and Jason Heyward actually in the lineup over the not-so-hot Jose Constanza. Even bigger props go to him for sticking with this lineup in game two, but we'll see if it carries over to the series against the Cardinals.
The Braves struck for three runs in the top of the first, with Chipper doubling to left field with one out. After a McCann walk Dan Uggla grounded into a fielder's choice, putting runners on the corners for Freddie Freeman. Freeman roped a double to centerfield to score both Chipper and Uggla and took third on the throw. Martin Prado then hit an infield single to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Minor set down the first two batters before surrendering a single to Lucas Duda. David Wright doubled and Angel Pagan walked to load the bases for Jason Bay. Minor then surrendered his first home run of the season, a grand slam, to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Chipper brought the score back even with a home run of his own, his sixteenth of the year, to lead off the third. After Freeman and Prado singled, Heyward singled in Freeman to put the Braves up 5-4.
The lead was extended to 6-4 after Tim Byrdak hit Michael Bourn with a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh. The run would prove to be an important one as the Mets would score a run on a sacrifice fly from Nick Evans off of Jonny Venters. Craig Kimbrel shut the door in the ninth for his fourty-third save of the season and to give the Braves a win in game one of the double header.
WP: Julio Teheran (1-1)
LP: Dillon Gee (12-6)
In game two of the double header, the Braves sent top pitching prospect Julio Teheran to the mound and the Mets countered with Dillon Gee.
The Braves jumped out to an early lead again after Dan Uggla scored leadoff man Michael Bourn with a single to CF. Bourn had reached base on a throwing error by Jose Reyes, then stole his fifty-second base of the season. A Freeman groundout moved him to third, and he scored on Uggla's single. As was the case in game one, the Mets also scored in their half of the first, tying the game when Bay hit a sac fly to plate Reyes.
The Braves added a second run in the fifth when David Ross drove in Prado with a single. They increased their lead to 3-1 in the seventh inning when Chipper Jones hit a sac fly to score Jack Wilson, who had been double-switched into the game, along with Cristhian Martinez, and had lead off the seventh with a double. Ross hit a home run, his sixth, in the ninth to stretch the Braves' lead to three runs. Chipper then doubled in Bourn, who had tripled, to give the Braves a 5-1 lead. Anthony Varvaro pitching a scoreless ninth to seal the double header sweep for the Braves.
The win is the first of Teheran's young career. Jason Heyward was 0-3 with a walk, while Prado, Wilson, and Jones all doubled in the game. Martinez pitched two scoreless innings to help bridge the gap between Teheran and the rest of the bullpen.
The Braves start a three-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis tomorrow.