Chris Schwinden allowed five runs in five innings and became the first Mets starting pitcher to lose his major league debut since Aaron Heilman in 2003 as the Braves won Game 1 to officially eliminate the Amazin's from division contention. Atlanta then completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win in the nightcap.
Friday's news reports:
• Jason Isringhausen has resolved to pitch in 2012. He currently is dealing with a herniated disc in his lower back that is pinching the sciatic nerve and creating numbness in his right leg. Read more in the Post.
• Johan Santana will make a rehab start with Savannah in the South Atlantic League on Friday night. St. Lucie, meanwhile, advanced to the Florida State League championship series with an extra-inning win in a winner-take-all Game 3 against Bradenton on Thursday.
• Mets PR man Jay Horwitz suffered a broken right ankle and is due to undergo surgery Monday.
Meanwhile, Ike Davis received confirmation from team doctors that surgery is not needed on his left ankle. Davis will remain with the Mets for the remainder of the homestand, but now is idle for at least a month to allow the injury time to heal.
• The Record's Steve Popper speaks with members of the 2001 Mets about their recollections of 9/11.
BIRTHDAYS: Todd Zeile, who will participate in the 9/11 ceremony before Sunday's game against the Cubs, turns 46. ... Mike Hampton turns 39, which means his children probably are school age. ... Kazuhisa Ishii, who was traded from the Dodgers to the Mets during spring training six years ago for Jason Phillips, is 38. After the Mets acquired Ishii, his former pitching coach with the Dodgers was asked in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which pitch Ishii needed to work on. "Strikes," Jim Colborn deadpanned. Ishii had a 5.14 ERA in 94 innings as a Met.