Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 3
June, 19, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
ATLANTA -- Shaun Marcum may make the decision regarding which pitcher to drop from the six-man rotation easy.
Marcum was knocked out in the fifth inning and remained winless this season as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 5-3, Wednesday night at Turner Field.
A day after the intoxicating Matt Harvey-Zack Wheeler double-feature, Marcum fell to 0-9 -- the third-worst start to a season in franchise history. Only Anthony Young (0-13 in 1993) and Bob Miller (0-12 in 1962) started a season with more futility.
Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsShaun Marcum was knocked out in the fifth inning.
Terry Collins has not precisely revealed how many more turns the Mets will stick with a six-man rotation, but he vowed it will not persist beyond the All-Star break, and offered indications it may end sooner.
A half-inning after the Mets tied the score with a three-run fifth courtesy of Kris Medlen’s sloppiness after fielding a comebacker, Marcum could not prevent the Braves from regaining the lead.
Marcum surrendered a leadoff double to Jordan Schafer. He ultimately scored the tiebreaking run on a two-out wild pitch to Brian McCann with the count 2-2.
McCann eventually walked. Justin Upton followed with an RBI double that staked division-leading Atlanta to a 5-3 lead.
The big blow against Marcum had come on Chris Johnson’s three-run homer in the fourth.
Marcum entered this start off an outing against the Chicago Cubs in which he allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Debutant: Eric Young Jr., batting leadoff and playing center field, opened the game and his Mets career with a leadoff single. He finished 1-for-4, including grounding into an eighth-inning double play.
That’s a relief: Torres tossed 2 1/3 no-hit innings after taking over for Marcum. The ex-Rockie has now contributed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances since a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.
How they scored: Trailing 3-0, the Mets had good fortune in the top of the fifth.
Medlen retired 11 straight after Young’s game-opening single, until Marlon Byrd opened the fifth with a single. Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch. John Buck then sent a screaming comebacker to Medlen.
Medlen fielded the ball and attempted to get the lead-runner Byrd. He instead threw the ball past the third baseman Johnson, who had not yet arrived at the bag. Rather than Medlen initiating a crippling double play, two runs scored. Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a game-tying RBI single. Two of the three runs were unearned.
What’s next: Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.15 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (8-2, 2.68) in the rubber game of the five-game series.
Final - 2OT St. John's 91 Marquette 90 Final Seton Hall 54 Butler 71 Final 15 Cincinnati 70 Rutgers 66 Final Princeton 74 Columbia 64 Final G. Washington 70 Fordham 67 Final Hofstra 76 Delaware 87 Final St. Peter's 58 Manhattan 72 Final Rider 71 Iona 94 Final Mount St Mary's 77 Wagner 72 Final Maine 54 Stony Brook 80
Final R H E Yankees 9 11 0 Astros 6 12 3 Final R H E Mets 3 9 0 Tigers 2 5 0
2:00 PM ET 7 Syracuse Florida State 7:00 PM ET Quinnipiac Manhattan 4:30 PM ET Canisius Iona 7:15 PM ET Hartford Stony Brook
7:30 PM ET Philadelphia New York 7:30 PM ET Toronto Brooklyn
7:00 PM ET NY Rangers Carolina 7:00 PM ET New Jersey Philadelphia