We were treated to the second version of a special broadcast in the Atlanta booth tonight, and this time we got the pitching performance we thought we might get the first time.
Charlie Morton posted one his best lines of the night and Marcell Ozuna stayed scorching hot, with his 3-4 and 4 RBI night. The result was a 7-0 win in their last matchup of the season with the Mets.
Charlie scared me a bit early as he plunked Lindor in the first, but he recovered to strikeout two and retire the side. The Braves worked a two-out rally to get on the scoreboard first. Riley, Olson, and Ozuna strung together three straight singles to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. However, Quintana got out of more trouble by getting Harris II to pop out to end the inning.
Charlie Morton was cooking in the top of the second inning. He struck out the side in order on 13 pitches. Atlanta squandered a leadoff walk due to a double play in their turn in the inning.
Uncle Charlie was CRUISING early and he kept that momentum rolling right through the third and fourth innings. He picked up two strikeouts in each and was through four innings and was yet to surrender a hit.
The Mets picked up their first hit on a double from DJ Stewart that kissed the first base chalk. However, New York then got TOOTBLAN’d to end the inning as Sean Murphy picked off Stewart by throwing behind him at second base.
The Braves offense wasn’t doing much to support Morton on his stellar night, and even when they got their opportunities they couldn’t break though. In the bottom of the fifth Ronald singled, but was thrown out attempting steal second base.
Thankfully, Atlanta got things rolling back in the bottom of the sixth. Ozuna got his second RBI of the night when he laced a double to the right-centerfield gap. Murphy and Harris followed with hard-hit singles and that ended the night for Quintana.
Phil Bickford came in to put out the fire, and Vaughn Grissom decided to pour lighter fluid on the situation. Grissom smoked a ball to right field and the Mets’ DJ Stewart face planted trying to stop the ball from getting by, thus resulting in Vaughn’s first career triple and a 5-0 Braves lead.
Chalie Morton finished with a bang as he picked up his season-best 11th strikeout on his 109th pitch. The final line was perhaps his best in the year: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 11 Ks.
The offense continued to do late damage in the bottom of the seventh, and it came courtesy of the star of the night. Marcell Ozuna hit his fourth homer in the three game series with New York, and blessed us with a home run call via Tom Glavine.
Michael Tonkin was the first out the bullpen to try and clean the night up for the Braves. He put a couple runners on, but got out the eighth unscathed by getting McNeil to flyout to center.
Kirby Yates bounced back from his rough outing and breezed through the top of the ninth. It was a very comfortable 7-0 win and we are officially done with the Mets in 2023.
Pitchers of Record
W: ATL: Charlie Morton: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
L: NYM: Jose Quintana: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Michael Tonkin: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Kirby Yates: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks
August 25th, 2023 @ SF 10:15 PM EST