Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Braves 4, Mets 1
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins can't wait for the new replay rules.
The Mets fell to the Braves 4-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday after a blown call at first base extended the top of the 10th, allowing Chris Johnson to hit the go-ahead three-run homer. Collins and Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy were ejected from the game after the homer.
Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in the jaw. He was examined by Mets doctors and transferred to the hospital for an X-ray, the Mets announced.
The call: With a runner on first and two outs, Freddie Freeman hit a ball that Mets reliever Scott Rice couldn't corral right away, but the southpaw grabbed the ball and his throw appeared to beat Freeman to first. Freeman was called safe by umpire Jerry Layne, and Collins came out to argue. Johnson followed the single with a three-run homer off Greg Burke to give Atlanta a 4-1 edge.
Heyward exits: In a scary moment, it appeared that Heyward was struck in his batting helmet's ear flap by a 90 mph fastball from Jonathon Niese in the sixth (the Mets announced that Heyward was hit in the jaw). Heyward stayed down near home plate for a few minutes before walking off with help from a trainer.
Hits follow hit: After Niese hit Heyward, he struggled the rest of the afternoon. After giving up just two hits in his first 78 pitches, he allowed two singles in his next three, the latter a game-tying RBI single by Freeman that made it 1-1. In the seventh, Niese worked the bases loaded before striking out Jordan Schafer to keep the game tied. Niese gave up five hits and struck out nine in seven innings.
Don't run: Juan Lagares continues to play a dynamic center field as he threw out Andrelton Simmons when the shortstop tried to turn a single into a double in the fourth inning. Simmons' single marked Atlanta's first hit of the game, as Niese faced the minimum through the first four frames.
Why he started: Josh Satin hit a solo homer to left in the fourth to put the Mets ahead 1-0. Satin played against the lefty Alex Wood, as he entered the game batting .365 against southpaws this season.
Up next: The Mets welcome the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers to Citi Field for a three-game set Friday. Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.00) faces Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63) at 7:10 p.m.