The Braves take Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Mets, 2-0, after an excellent start from Kyle Muller.
The offense had a pretty good seven innings today, if you look at the hit total that is… 10 hits for the Braves in Game 1, but only managed to produce 2 runs at the end of the day.
Thankfully, the Braves pitching was excellent and allowed the Braves to stay on top of the Mets from the 3rd inning on.
Joc Pederson had an RBI double in the 3rd, an inning in which the Braves threatened to put on much more than just one run, but to no avail. Of course, the Braves hit themselves out of those run-scoring opportunities to end that particular inning.
In the 4th, an Orlando Arcia groundout scored Dansby Swanson for the second run of the game and then the Braves were bested by Marcus Stroman after that.
Although, the Braves did manage to tally 10 hits and score 2 runs, it didn’t seem like a game to be particularly confident in (from an offensive standpoint). Yes, they got the job done, but with 10 hits in 7 innings, you gotta at least score more than 2 runs… Right?
Anyway, Kyle Muller had a great night against the Mets in Game 1 of the doubleheader, earning his second win of the season.
Muller finished with 5.0 IP, giving up 4 hits, allowing 2 walks, and striking out 3. The most important part of his stat line was not allowing a single run. He got himself into some potentially scary situations along the way, but managed to pitch around them to relative ease, which was a good sign!
Tyler Matzek also had a great appearance tonight, having a perfect inning in the sixth, which can only improve his confidence going further as it had not been very good of late. He tallied one strikeout in the inning, but more importantly, he didn’t walk anyone!
Finally, Will Smith closed it off for the Braves in the seventh as the Braves earned their 49th win of the season.
With the win in Game 1, the Braves inch closer to that dreaded line they have seemed to be allergic to all season… the .500 line.
Could the Braves get to .500 with a win in Game 2?