Braves Knock Out Pelfrey and Shutout Mets 4-0

The Mets bats were futile against Tim Hudson while the Braves roughed up Mike Pelfrey for a dozen hits to beat the Mets 4-0. It was the second straight loss to the Braves for the Mets who fade even further away from first place in the NL East.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey got majorly beat up today by the Bravos in the hits column. He was leaving his pitches all over the strike zone for the Braves to have their way with them. Despite the Braves getting a few lucky breaks, Pelfrey got knocked around today. Of course, not having much (if any) offense didn’t help either. Pelfrey gave up four runs on 12 hits in four innings pitched. He walked three and stuck out two on the day as well. All four runs scored in the fifth inning as Pelfrey gets sacked with second straight loss.

The Mets two eldest relievers in the bullpen Elmer Dessens and Hisanori Takahashi combine for four shutout innings with a combined two hits. Takahashi also had two strikeouts and two walks on the day. Nieve also throws a shutout ninth inning giving up one hit along with one walk and two strikeouts. It’s good to see on a day that our starter doesn’t have his best stuff, and the bats are quiet, that the bullpen can still keep us in the game.

The Mets bats were a major disappointment in the game. They tallied a total of four hits, and only two players contributed in this sorry excuse for an offense. Tim Hudson did have his best stuff today for the Braves, but the Mets should have been able to get at least one run off of him and the bullpen.

The only exception to the offense being chewed out was today’s leadoff hitter, Angel Pagan. He went 3-4 on the day with a double and two stolen bases. At this point, I’d rather see Beltran and Francoeur platooning with each other.

Every other player except for Rod Barajas who had one hit, all had 0-fers and combined for four strikeouts. This current Mets cold streak couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Jose Reyes went 0-3 with two strikeouts today. He is obviously still hurting and left the game in the top of the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury.

Turning Point

The fifth inning when Pelfrey gave up all four runs that secured the win for the Braves.

Game Ball

The bullpen provided five shutout innings that kept the Braves from scoring more. Offensively, Angel Pagan was the only player to really contribute today.

Up Next

Mets ace Johan Santana looks to have himself another great start as he plays stopper and tries to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves. The Braves will send out nine game winner, Derek Lowe. Game time is 1:10 PM.