Game Recap: Wheeler Runs Out of Gas, Sewald Implodes in 8-2 Loss

The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

Pitching

Zack Wheeler worked around a one out Dansby Swanson double, and struck out Freddie Freeman on an up and in 99 MPH fastball in a strong first inning.

Wheeler worked around a Johan Camargo walk, and was helped out by a Jay Bruce sliding grab in a scoreless second inning. He cruised his way through a 1-2-3 bottom of the third.

The Braves struck for the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. After Freeman walked to leadoff the inning, Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers singled to load the bases. Wheeler then induced a 1-2-5 double play, but Ender Inciarte blooped a two out RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.

Wheeler bounced back with a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth. After the Mets took a 2-1 lead, the Braves battled right back in the bottom of the sixth. Freeman leadoff the inning with a solo shot to right.

After Bruce threw out Flowers trying to take third on a Camargo one out double, Inciarte picked up his second two out RBI hit to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Wheeler issued walks to Charlie Culberson and Preston Tucker to load the bases before being pulled.

On the third pitch, Paul Sewald allowed a grand slam to Ozzie Albies, to make it 7-2 Braves. Sewald struggled in his second inning of work, as Freeman scored to make it 8-2 on a Markakis double just out of the reach of Bruce.

Jacob Rhame struck out one in a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.

Hitting

The Mets picked up their first two hits of the game as Devin Mesoraco and Dominic Smith singled with one out in the fifth. They were stranded there after Amed Rosario and Wheeler popped out.

Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo drew back-to-back walks, and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an error to load the bases with one out in the sixth.

Jay Bruce then gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with a ground rule double to left center. However, Mesoraco grounded into a 5-5-3 double play to end the inning.

On Deck

Jacob deGrom looks to salvage the two game series and avoid the sweep against Mike Soroka and the Braves at 12:10 p.m. at SunTrust Park. The game can be seen on SNY, and heard on 710 WOR.

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