Mets permit 6 homers in Recreation 1, get shutout in Recreation 2 as Braves sweep doubleheader

A gaggle of Triple-A pitchers and a lineup of largely Triple-A hitters confronted the perfect crew in baseball twice Saturday afternoon at Citi Discipline. The outcomes have been predictable.

Within the main sport of a twin bill, the Mets have been walloped by the Atlanta Braves, 21-3. Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run homer off right-hander Michael Tonkin put the Mets (52-54) on the board throughout the bottom of the eighth to forestall a second shutout in as many days.

Nevertheless, the Mets have been unable to steer clear of the similar future throughout the nightcap, falling 6-0.

Spencer Strider, an NL Cy Younger Award favorite, shut the Mets out for seven innings. Jose Quintana took his fourth tough-luck loss (0-4) since making his season debut, holding the Braves to solely a single run on 4 hits and three walks over six innings.

“Clearly, it bought away from us,” said supervisor Buck Showalter said after the matinee contest. “We’re not doing a lot offensively. Till Vogey’s residence run, it had been an actual problem for us.”

Each video video games acquired away from the Mets (52-64).

They’ve been two meaningless video video games throughout the grand scheme of the season, nevertheless your full day strong a harsh spotlight on the membership’s lack of organizational depth. The commerce deadline was used to cope with that depth, nevertheless it certainly’s clear there could also be nonetheless an prolonged approach to go, significantly on the upper ranges of the system. Different teams in baseball have prolonged questioned the Mets’ talent to scout its private system and this sport did little to answer these questions.

Denyi Reyes was known as up from Triple-A Syracuse to start the first sport. The soft-tossing right-hander was tagged for five earned over 4 2/3 innings. It was an exceptionally inefficient start with Reyes using 109 pitches.

“Denyi gave us all the things he might there,” Showalter said. “We took him so far as we might. Innings are at a premium.”

It wasn’t quite a bit higher after that with right-hander Reed Garrett, a 30-year-old journeyman minor leaguer, getting tagged for six earned runs on 4 hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. Left-hander Josh Walker gave up home runs to Matt Olson and Sean Murphy to make it 13-0 throughout the eighth. The homegrown lefty took the mound correct as a result of it started to rain. By the point Danny Mendick, an infielder, acquired the last word out of the inning as a substitute of Walker, the rain had tapered.

To make points worse, the Braves (75-41) used right-hander Allan Winans, a former Mets farmhand who was left unprotected all through the 2021 Rule 5 Draft. He gained his first MLB decision Saturday in direction of the crew that drafted him in 2018. Winans (1-0) shut out the Mets for seven innings, limiting a pieced-together lineup to solely 4 hits and two walks whereas placing out 9.

The 5 runs allowed by Reyes bought right here on eight hits and 4 walks. He struck out 4 and hit one batter.

“It’s no secret that they’re the most effective groups in baseball,” Reyes said by a translator. “I feel the toughest half is having the ability to persistently execute the pitches that you really want and to make good pitches in opposition to them.”

The Mets have been with out Brandon Nimmo (left quad contusion) and Francisco Lindor (correct aspect tightness) throughout the early contest. With outfielder Starling Marte (correct groin) on the injured itemizing, the Mets have been compelled to utilize reserves. It didn’t go successfully.

Mendick was charged with a dear error throughout the eighth inning of the evening time sport when a troublesome flooring ball from Austin Riley bounced off his glove into center space, allowing Ozzie Albies to achieve from first.

“We all know that Lindor is a greater shortstop and Nimmo is a greater defender, however these guys are attempting,” Showalter said. “Everyone has bought a power and a weak spot. Sadly, a few of our weaknesses confirmed up as we speak.”