The Braves took game 1 of the weekend series from the New York Mets on Friday night. Atlanta's bats were hot and they looked to continue that on Saturday afteroon in the first game of the double header.
Denyi Reyes took the mound for the Mets and it did not take long for him to surrender the first run of the ballgame. An Austin Riley bloop single scored Ronald Acuna from third making it 1-0 in the opening frame.
Having a lead before he threw his first pitch had to be comforting to Braves' starting pitcher Allan Winans who made just his second career MLB start.
Winans must have paid real close attention to Charlie Morton's start last night as he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit by pitch but did not allow anything else in the 1st inning.
Nicky Lopez got his first start with the Atlanta Braves and took advantage of the opportunity in his first at-bat. He laced a base hit in the left-center field gap and stretched it into a double while driving in a run to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Lopez added another RBI single in the top of the 4th. Ozzie Albies followed with a bloop single that scored two more runs making it 5-0.
The Braves chased Denyi Reyes from the game in the top of the 5th after Sean Murphy walked on four pitches and Michael Harris singled with two outs. Reyes ended his day with 4.2 innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Reed Garrett came in from the Mets bullpen and neturalized Atlanta's 5th inning threat to keep the score at 5-0.
Allan Winans put himself in line for the win by tossing a perfect bottom of the 5th inning including his 6th and 7th strikeouts of the day.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Braves lead was extended even further as Matt Olson took over the MLB lead in homers with his 41st of the season, blasting a three-run bomb over the center field wall.
The Braves offense refused to stop. Ronald Acuna Jr. added an RBI single in the top of the 7th. Ozzie Albies then blasted a 2-run homerun pushing the lead to double digits, 11-0.
Allan Winans started the 7th inning at 96 pitches. He pitched around a leadoff double and finished the inning keeping the Mets scoreless. On 111 pithces, Winans went 7 innings, scattering 4 hits and striking out 9.
As the rain began to fall in the 8th inning, Matt Olson sent his second homerun of the game and 42nd of the year over the left field wall, giving the Braves a 12-0 lead. This was not the only homer of the inning as Sean Murphy added a solo shot of his own.
The Mets did not allow the Braves to shut them out in two consecutive games. Daniel Vogelbach hit a moon shot 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to give New York their first runs of the series.
Trailing 13-3 , the Mets did not want to waste another arm out of the bullpen so they turned to position player Danny Mendick to try and get three more outs.
The Braves took advantage of this opportunity as Ozzie Albies drove in two more runs with a single, giving him 6 RBIs on the day. Austin Riley then hit an opposite field homerun, making it 17-3. Sean Murphy drove in yet another run with an RBI single.
Forrest Wall doubled down the right field line for his first MLB hit right before Nicky Lopez launched his first homerun of the season pushing the lead to 21-3.
With a 18 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, manager Brian Snitker decided not to use another bullpen arm himself. Shortstop Nicky Lopez took the mound.
Atlanta went on to win by a final of 21-3 after a scoreless frame from Nicky Lopez and will now turn their attention to Game 2 of the double header tonight on FOX.
Pitchers of Record
W: ATL- Allan Winans: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K's
L: NYM- Denyi Reyes: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB's, 4 K's
Matt Olson (41, 42); Ozzie Albies (27)
Michael Tonkin: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K's
Nicky Lopez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K's
8/12 @NYM 7:15 p.m. ET