Dice-K Struggles Again, Bullpen Not Much Better in 13-5 Loss To Atlanta

An article by posted on September 2, 2013

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Well, some days you’re the fly and some days… you’re the windshield.

The Braves came to hit today and Daisuke Matsuzaka gave us a typical performance in the Mets’ 13-5 loss to the Braves.

Atlanta got to Dice-K before he could even record an out when Freddie Freeman doubled in Justin Upton and Jordan Schafer. Just like that it was 2-0 in favor of the Braves, and they wouldn’t really look back. Matsuzaka helped himself out in the second when he singled up the middle, bringing in Juan Lagares and cutting the Braves’ lead to one, but it wouldn’t be close for long.

The Braves started taking batting practice off of Dice-K, my personal favorite being Freddie Freeman’s absolute moon shot to left. Terry Collins visited the mound and I saw him mouth “one pitch at a time”. Well, when you’re hurling 86 mile-per-hour fastballs and 70 mile-per-hour curveballs, it’s hard to take it one pitch at a time.

After three, it was 6-1 Braves and Dice-K was finished. His final line isn’t even worth typing.

The Mets did fight back in the fourth, when Zach Lutz doubled to center and Daniel Murphy hit a sac fly to make it 6-3. Tim Byrdak pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, and was removed for Gonzalez Germen with one out in the fifth. Germen did not fare well, and after he was done it was 8-3 Braves. Pedro Feliciano wasn’t much better, surrendering two as well.

Lucas Duda and Lagares added RBI’s in the seventh, and it was 10-5 Braves after a scoreless frame from David Aardsma. Vic Black also made his Mets’ debut, tossing one third of a scoreless inning. He looked sharp, with both of his pitches being 97 MPH fastballs.

Aardsma struggled in the eighth. The Braves loaded the bases quickly, and after a misplayed ball at third, they had expanded their lead to seven. Aardsma was pulled for Hawkins, failed to stop the bleeding and conceded a run as well.

The ninth went quietly, and the Mets were handed their 74th loss of the year in absolute beatdown fashion.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10 with Carlos Torres projected to start.

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