Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 2
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Chipper Jones’ torment of the Mets is over.
The longtime nemesis played his 245th and final regular-season game against the Mets on Sunday afternoon as the Atlanta Braves won, 6-2, at Turner Field. He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the series finale after going hitless in eight at-bats during the opening two games.
Chipper's final plate appearance -- also his final in the regular season at Turner Field overall -- came in the seventh against Justin Hampson. After acknowledging a a standing ovation from partisan Braves crowd by raising his helmet, Hampson walked him.
For his career, Jones hit .309 (265-for-858) with 49 homers and 159 RBIs against the Mets. Fans chanted "Chip-per, Chip-per" as the game concluded.
Sunday also belonged to Kris Medlen, who limited the Mets to an unearned run in six innings. The Braves won a game started by Medlen for the 23rd straight time, the longest streak in modern-era major league history, passing 22-game win streaks in games started by Whitey Ford with the Yankees (1950, ’53) and Carl Hubbell with the New York Giants (1936-37).
Mets starter Jenrry Mejia surrendered a three-run homer to David Ross in the second inning and ultimately was charged with four runs in five innings as his ERA swelled to 5.63. The righty-hitting catcher Ross is due to be a free agent after the season.
Collin McHugh, pitching in his native Atlanta, allowed two runs in an inning of relief.
BAD BREAK: Josh Thole, sitting in the dugout on a day off, appeared to be struck with a foul ball off the bat of Medlen in the fourth inning. Cameras showed Thole rubbing the right side of his head after the shot found its way over protective netting and into the dugout. Thole has endured at least four concussions in his professional career, including one this season after receiving a jolt from Ty Wigginton in a plate collision in Philadelphia.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets, donning football jerseys of their favorite NFL teams (or alma mater Georgia Tech in the case of Mike Nickeas), head to Miami for their final series of the season.
Jeurys Familia, who is due to pitch as a reliever along with Elvin Ramirez for Gigantes in the Dominican Republic this winter, makes his first major league start in the series opener. Familia (0-0, 8.64 ERA) opposes right-hander Josh Johnson (8-14, 3.81) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. game.
R.A. Dickey opposes right-hander Jacob Turner on Tuesday. Jeremy Hefner starts the finale against left-hander Mark Buehrle Wednesday.