MLB Game Recap - Atlanta at NY Mets
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WAS
9
CHC
3
F
CIN
2
PIT
3
F
TB
7
BAL
1
F
PHI
11
MIA
19
F
ATL
2
NYM
1
F(14)
KC
1
CLE
4
F
DET
9
MIN
6
F
ARI
1
MIL
6
F
LAA
4
HOU
5
F
TEX
3
CHW
8
F
COL
3
STL
8
F
BOS
11
SD
0
F
TOR
4
SEA
7
F
NYY
10
LAD
2
F

August 23, 2019 7:10 PM

Final (14)

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R

H

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Atlanta (78-52)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

8

0

NY Mets (67-61)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

W: Jackson (7-2)

L: Familia (4-2)

S: Melancon (5)

ATL - HR: none

NYM - HR: deGrom (2)

Hamilton, Braves outlast Mets 2-1 in 14 after deGrom shines
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:09 AM

NEW YORK (AP) With Jacob deGrom and the Mets hard-throwing bullpen missing bats at a historic pace, the NL East-leading Braves were ready to win with small ball Friday night.

That's exactly what Billy Hamilton is there for - although this first contribution wasn't exactly on script.

Hamilton singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning for his first hit as a Brave, and Atlanta beat the Mets 2-1 for its sixth straight win despite yet another sensational two-way effort by deGrom.

"Might be one of the best feelings of my life except for my first stolen base in the major leagues," Hamilton said. "I mean this might be the top."

The Mets tied a major league record by striking out 26 batters, including 13 by deGrom , and 21-year-old Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. became the second-youngest player with a 30-homer, 30-steal season - only Mike Trout did it younger.

Yet the game came down to Hamilton, who delivered to snap New York's five-game winning streak.

The seventh-year major leaguer was claimed by Atlanta off waivers from Kansas City last week to be a pinch-running specialist down the stretch. The speedster did just that in the 10th, replacing a runner at first and stealing a base, but he was left stranded.

Four innings later, his grounder against Jeurys Familia (4-2) was just out of reach for diving second baseman Joe Panik, allowing Tyler Flowers to score from third. The hit came in Hamilton's fourth plate appearance since changing teams, and the 28-year-old looked back into Atlanta's dugout after reaching first and saw a booming celebration.

"If you're going to be out here all night, might as well get a win," said Hamilton, who added his second steal of the game a few pitches later. He has 297 career stolen bases but is just a .242 hitter, having spent most of his career on lousy teams in Cincinnati and Kansas City.

DeGrom homered and struck out eight straight batters during one dominant stretch, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He finished a punchout shy of his career high - the righty whiffed 14 and also homered to beat Miami on April 3. DeGrom became the first pitcher since at least 1900 to strike out 13 and homer in a game twice in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Every time out, my God, that guy has got something really special in his back pocket," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner got a no-decision anyway, the 18th time in his career he's pitched one-run ball or better over seven innings and not gotten a victory. New York is just 7-5 this year when deGrom allows one or fewer earned runs.

The Mets' previous high for strikeouts as a staff was 24, achieved June 2, 2018, against the Cubs during a 14-inning game - deGrom also struck out 13 in that one.

New York remained two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card after Chicago lost to the Nationals 9-3. Atlanta has won nine of 12 against the Mets this season.

Flowers had appeared to score the go-ahead run two batters before Hamilton's knock when he came home from first on Adeiny Hechavarria's drive to right-center. The ball got lodged in the door to the visiting bullpen, though, and after a video review, umpires ruled it a ground-rule double and held Flowers at third.

DeGrom's eight straight strikeouts marked the best such streak in the majors this year and tied his career high. He went over 200 strikeouts in a season for the fourth time.

"That little run, I just felt like I was able to locate whatever pitch I was throwing at the time," he said.

DeGrom added his second homer this season and third of his career leading off the sixth. Mets pitchers lead the majors with six homers.

Freeman hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, allowing a run and striking out seven.

Atlanta's bullpen covered eight scoreless innings, including two by Luke Jackson (7-2). Mark Melancon delivered a 1-2-3 14th to close out the 4 hour, 37-minute game for his fifth save.

"It's frustrating," Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. "We had lots of opportunities, lots of extra inning opportunities, but also throughout the regulation nine innings. We didn't have it today at the plate like we have in the past."

30-30

Acuna took second in the eighth inning for his 30th stolen base, giving him the fifth 30-30 season in franchise history and first since Ron Gant in 1990 and '91. Acuna also has 36 homers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) felt good after his first rehab game with Class A Rome on Thursday. He was back at shortstop Friday night for seven innings and went 1 for 3. ... 3B/OF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) was the DH for Rome in his first rehab game and went 0 for 4. ... OF Nick Markakis (broken left wrist) was upgraded from a full cast to a removable one and did some running in the outfield before the game. ... RHP Darren O'Day (right forearm strain) began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Mets: All-Star Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) played third base and right field for Class A Brooklyn, going 1 for 4 in a rehab appearance. Manager Mickey Callaway left open the possibility that McNeil would rejoin New York on Saturday. ... C Tomas Nido was visited by a trainer after being slammed in the back of the head by Donaldson's backswing while trying to throw out a stealing runner in the sixth. Nido stayed in but was replaced the next inning by Wilson Ramos. Nido was being evaluated after the game.

UP NEXT

Braves LHP Max Fried (14-4, 3.84) will honor late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with his Players' Weekend uniform, which reads "Love You Ty." Fried and Skaggs both grew up in Southern California. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40) is slated to start for New York.

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Pitchers of Record

Atlanta IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
L. Jackson (W, 7-2) 2 1 0 0 2 0.00 0.500
M. Melancon (S, 5) 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000
NY Mets IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Familia (L, 4-2) 1 2 1 2 3 9.00 4.000

Batting Leaders

Atlanta AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
T. Flowers 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.3
R. Acuna Jr. 4 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 1.1
NY Mets AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. deGrom 2 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 2.0
L. Guillorme 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.5

Team Comparison

ATL NYM
At Bats 49 47
Hits 8 6
Batting Average .163 .128
On Base Percentage .255 .212
Slugging Percentage 0.184 0.213
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 9 10
Walks 5 4
Strikeouts 25 14
Stolen Bases 4 2
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 12 9
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/10 0/7
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - ATL Leads Series 9-5

Date Result Winner Loser
Thu Apr 11 NYM 6 @ ATL 3 S. Matz K. Gausman
Fri Apr 12 NYM 6 @ ATL 2 Z. Wheeler K. Wright
Sat Apr 13 NYM 7 @ ATL 11 T. Toussaint C. Oswalt
Sun Apr 14 NYM 3 @ ATL 7 J. Teheran J. deGrom
Mon Jun 17 NYM 3 @ ATL 12 M. Soroka Z. Wheeler
Tue Jun 18 NYM 10 @ ATL 2 J. deGrom J. Teheran
Wed Jun 19 NYM 2 @ ATL 7 M. Fried S. Matz
Fri Jun 28 ATL 6 @ NYM 2 M. Soroka J. deGrom
Sat Jun 29 ATL 5 @ NYM 4 S. Newcomb S. Lugo
Sun Jun 30 ATL 5 @ NYM 8 W. Font S. Newcomb
Tue Aug 13 NYM 3 @ ATL 5 M. Fried Z. Wheeler
Wed Aug 14 NYM 4 @ ATL 6 C. Martin S. Lugo
Thu Aug 15 NYM 10 @ ATL 8 M. Stroman J. Teheran
Fri Aug 23 ATL 2 @ NYM 1 L. Jackson J. Familia

Game Information

Stadium: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Attendance: 31,437
Game Time: 4:37
Weather: 75F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?