Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports
NEW YORK – One day after a pitching duel between deGrom and Miller, the two teams put on a offensive performance with Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) pitching for the Braves against Dillon Gee (0-3) going for the Mets.
Both pitchers have had their share of struggles this season. Gee has struggled to find his stuff all season long, while Foltynewicz has hit a bump in the road his last three starts after putting together an impressive start to his rookie season.
Braves fans have to pleased with a 30-33 team that is still three and a half out of the division race, but the bullpen has caused much frustration. Now the starting pitching is offsetting the great hitting the Braves have been putting together. This was the case in the Mets 10-8 comeback against the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Atlanta put together an 8-3 lead over New York after four innings. Most of the scoring coming off singles with runners in scoring position, but Jace Peterson (2) added a three run long ball in the top of the second. Peterson ended the game with three total hits, which gives him five multi-hit games in his last seven games.
Foltynewicz gave up nine hits on five runs and has failed to get out of the fifth inning in three straight appearances. The Braves rookie three runs in the first three innings before two home runs to Darrell
Cecillani (1) and Dilson Herrera (2) in the fourth.
Foltynewicz told MLB.com, “I didn’t have it today, period. When a team gives you a five-run lead, you’e got to go out and take advantage of it. I didn’t do that today. I just left everything up from the start-the fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and even the changeups were up today.”
Brandon Cunniff came on in relief for the Braves and gave up another shot to Travis d’Arnaud (3), scoring Lucas Duda.
The score was 8-7 going into the sixth inning with the game in the hands of the bullpen once again. Luis Avilan came on in the sixth and gave up the Mets’ fourth homer of the game to Juan Lagares (3). This time it was a three run shot that put New York up 10-8.
The Mets would hold on to the lead and defeat the Braves two out of three for the series.
Jace Peterson also told MLB.com, “At the end of the day, everyone is competing and doing their job. That’s all you can ask for. I think the guys are making good pitches. Unfortunately, it’s not going well for them right now. I know they’re going to continue to work and it’s going to flip.”
Atlanta will make the trip to Boston for a two game series with the Red Sox (27-37). Monday’s night game will feature Williams Perez (2-0) for the Braves against Rick Porcello (4-6) of the Red Sox. The game will be broadcasted on Monday Night Baseball for ESPN.