Johan Santana was on the hill tonight to try to not only obtain his first win of the season, but to also get the Mets another victory.
He did neither.
After Braves starter, Randall Delgado, gave up a sole hit to Ike Davis in the first inning, Santana began his shortest outing of his career. It started with a Jason Bay error off the bat of Michael Bourn that resulted in a double. After Lucas Duda ran down a Jason Hayward fly ball, it would be Larry Jones who would drive in the first Brave run with a Sac Fly. Besides a Josh Thole walk, the Mets had no offense in the top of the second.
Dan Uggla drew a walk to begin the bottom of the second inning. Matt Diaz greeted Santana with a single up the middle that almost knocked his clothes off via Charlie Brown. Freddie Freeman worked Santana real hard for 11 pitches and finally shot a ball up the third base line scoring two. Tyler Pastornicky slashed a shot over the first base bag for the third double of the game scoring another run. After Ike Davis threw away a sac bunt to David Wright scoring another run. Jason Heyward would chase Santana off the mound with an RBI single scoring the sixth run.
When all was said and done. Johan Santana would throw only 55 pitches and fail to get the second out in the second inning. The final line- 1.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk and 0 strikeouts. Yikes!
Miguel Batista would come in relief of Santana.
Even though the Mets would try to climb back into the game in the 4th when they scored two runs. The Braves, smelling blood, just kept tacking on.
The final score Braves 9 Mets 3.
If there is any good news, it is that Santana is not hurt (as of the time that this post is being written).
Tomorrow, the Mets will throw R.A. Dickey on the mound to claim the rubber game of the series.