After being swept out of Colorado a week ago, it looked like the Braves were starting to crumble. Most teams would be a bit down after blowing a 10-1 lead and getting swept on the road.
Instead, the Braves have come out playing even better baseball than before and won their fifth consecutive game yesterday with a victory over the New York Mets.
This five game winning streak by the Braves followed a four game losing streak.
Tommy Hanson hadn’t pitched well lately and he was taking the mound for the Braves against the Mets Mike Pelfrey.
The Braves got off to an early lead in the first inning. Omar Infante singled and Jason Heyward doubled to put runners on the corners for Martin Prado. Prado doubled home Infante and Heyward to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
That’s really all the Braves would need, because Hanson was on his game, but they added a couple runs of insurance in the second inning. Rick Ankiel singled with one out and was sacrificed to second by Tommy Hanson. Omar Infante brought him home with an RBI single to make the score 3-0 and Heyward doubled home Infante to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead.
Tommy Hanson didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning when David Wright doubled with one out. That ended up being the only hit the Mets would get off of Hanson in seven great innings of work. His final line was:
7.0 IP 1 H 0 R 1 BB 3 SO
Jonny Venters pitched the 8th and gave up the first New York run of the game off of an RBI single by Hernandez. Billy Wagner came on in the 9th and earned his 31st save of the season, which is 4th of the National League.
The Braves had eleven hits on the evening, seven of which were by Omar Infante and Jason Heyward. Infante was 3/4 and continues to thrive in the leadoff spot. Jason Heyward continues his hot play of late. He went 4/4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Here are his numbers over the last seven days:
.520 BA 2 HR 8 RBI .571 OBP .880 SLG% 1.451 OPS
His .392 OBP for the season is 4th in the National League and he seems to be the leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year.
Another Braves rookie made his major league debut for the Braves as Freddie Freeman got the start at first base. He was 0/3 in his debut, but he hit the ball hard twice and was robbed both times.
The Braves have won the first three games of the series with the Mets and will look to earn the four game sweep tonight with Tim Hudson battling Johan Santana in the marquee pitching matchup of the series.
The Braves will leave from Atlanta tonight and head to Florida to face off with the Marlins.
The Phillies are making a quick stop in Colorado for a make up game, so hopefully they will be a little jet-lagged and will lose – opening up the door for the Braves to extend their NL East lead to four games.