Matt Harvey, making his fourth career start for the Mets, was too wild and the Mets offense was shutdown in a 4-0 loss to the Braves at Citi Field.
Harvey was plagued by walks tonight, as he allowed five bases on balls. The Mets rookie used his fastball much more than in his last start. Through his first three starts, Harvey threw his fastball 45% of the time, tonight it was over 70%. Luckily, it didn’t cost him too much. The one time it did, was the first batter of the game, Michael Bourn, who walked and then later scored on a Jason Heyward home run. Harvey was throwing up blanks in each inning after that and finished with six innings, two runs , two hits and three strikeouts. But it was those five walks that was really his only downfall tonight. Harvey threw 101 pitches in his third loss of the season.
Ramon Ramirez pitched the seventh inning with a hitless outing with one walk. Josh Edgin did not have as much luck, giving up a two-run homer to Dan Uggla before being pulled after getting just two outs. Jon Rauch finished up the eighth inning and Bobby Parnell pitched a one-two-three ninth with a strikeout.
Not much offense for the Mets tonight, just three hits: a single from Murphy and doubles from Rob Johnson and Scott Hairston. Five strikeouts for Mets hitters, along with zero walks.
Matt Harvey walked five batters, that tied the most he has allowed in any minor league start for him this season. Harvey also took a come-backer off the thigh, but was fine and stayed in the game.
Scott Hairston, because well…he’s Scott Hairston.
Mets play game two of this three game series against the Braves on Saturday with Johan Santana making his return from the disabled list. He goes up against Kris Medlen and first pitch is set for 7:10 PM.