Mike Pelfrey started for the Amazin’s today and had Tim Hudson as his opponent as the Mets tried to draw even in the final home series before the All-Star Break.
Both pitchers had men on base in the first inning and both teams failed to score.Â In the top of the second, Pelfrey, who clearly did not have his best stuff, managed to get out of a bases loaded jam.Â In the first two innings alone, the Braves stranded 5 base runners.Â The bottom of the second inning saw Chipper “don’t call me Larry” Jones fail to field a grounder through his legs hit by Rod Barajas, although it drew a lot of cheers from the crowd, the Mets failed to drive him in.
Pelfrey worked out of trouble again in theÂ thirdÂ but managed toÂ strand anotherÂ Â yet Brave base runner.Â In the bottom of theÂ Third, Â AngelÂ Pagan continued to stay hot as he hit a double intoÂ center field but was stranded.Â It looked like Pelfrey’s luck ran out in the top of the fourth when the bases were loaded with Braves and no outs, butÂ Prado hit into a double play and Melky Â Cabrera Â hit a grounder to Ike Davis.Â Tim Hudson answered in the bottom of the fourth when he made quick work of the Mets.
The Braves got to Pelfrey’sÂ in the top of the 5th when theÂ BravesÂ scored 2 runs Â and forced in him out of the game with only 93 pitches and 12 hits(all singles)Â Elmer Dessens came in with the bases loaded and no outs and quickly got a double play but Tim Hudson gotÂ hit double and scored 2 more runs.Â
Takahashi would come in for DessensÂ andÂ would pitchÂ scoreless frames for the 6th, 7th, and 8th inningsÂ .
Pagan led off the bottom of the 6th withÂ what would be his Â third hit of the game.Â After a Reyes strike out and a DavidÂ Wright walk theÂ Mets had a chance to get back into the game…that is until Ike Davis hit into a double play to end the threat.Â The Mets never came close to scoring again.Â
On a special note, Jose Reyes came out in the top of the 7th after throwing out a Brave.Â
Tomorrow, the Mets look to try toÂ grab at least one win from the BravesÂ as Johan Santana will take the mound.