Braves vs. Mets – Sport Recap – September 18, 2020 – ESPN

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  • Associated Press

NEW YORK — Eyeing a third consecutive NL East crown, the skill-packed Atlanta Braves got their high starter attend and made it an awfully straightforward evening for him.

Freddie Freeman added three extra hits to his burgeoning MVP marketing and marketing campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta’s six homers and the Braves battered Unique York Mets pitching Friday in a 15-2 blowout that expanded their division lead.

Max Fried (7-0) returned from a short preserve it up the injured list due to a attend spasm and breezed thru 5 innings that fully lend a hand his Cy Young Award credentials. The left-hander hasn’t allowed a condo journey since Sept. 10 final twelve months.

“To gather Maxi attend accessible possibly made every person feel staunch,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Freeman laced a two-journey double and Marcell Ozuna followed with a long two-journey homer in the 2nd off Steven Matz (0-5), handed his most in vogue drubbing in a lost season as he came attend from shoulder discomfort.

“For it to scurry this plan once more is trusty truly frustrating,” said Matz, who has a 9.79 ERA.

Atlanta pounded out 17 hits and opened a 3 1/2-sport lead over 2nd-space Miami, which split a doubleheader with Washington. The Braves possess nine video games final, the Marlins 10.

“To gather Max some journey improve modified into once enormous, in particular in his first delivery up,” said catcher and cleanup man Travis d’Arnaud, who had three hits and two walks against his worn team — in conjunction with a two-journey homer.

The ideal pitcher for the Mets modified into once historic third baseman Todd Frazier, who tossed a 1-2-3 ninth in his first profession look on the mound. He struck out Adam Duvall searching at a 55 mph curve.

Unique York fell 2 1/2 video games out of the final NL playoff space.

Nine days after setting a Nationwide League memoir for runs since 1900 in a 29-9 romp against the Marlins, the Braves looked desirous to threaten the designate as d’Arnaud and Albies every hit a two-journey homer in a six-journey fourth against Franklyn Kilome. Cut Markakis had a two-journey double.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley moreover went deep for Atlanta. Acuna doubled and scored three events from the leadoff space, snapping an 0-for-18 trudge.

“Obviously, huge to be accessible. I wished to try and possess snappily innings, in particular when we got on the board staunch snappily,” Fried said. “I did now not feel as inviting as I possibly blueprint I must possess.”

With the Mets needing a solid performance from their historic rotation to relaxation an overtaxed bullpen, Matz couldn’t raise in his first delivery up and 2nd look since Aug. 15. He gave up hits to the first four batters and a truly great 76 pitches to collect thru 2 2/3 innings.

“The sport got separated truly early,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “A lot of pitches up in the zone and no longer finishing his pitches.”

Unique York’s previous three starters, Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo and Matz, possess mixed to present up 15 earned runs and 20 hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Mets rallied to fetch the old two video games in Philadelphia anyway, nonetheless were by no plan on this one at all.

LAME DUCK GM?

Mets identical old manager Brodie Van Wagenen said nothing has modified for him on a day-to-day basis and he hasn’t spoken with Steve Cohen since Monday’s announcement that the billionaire hedge fund manager has agreed to desire the club from the Wilpon and Katz families. The deal is enviornment to the approval of Major League Baseball owners. Van Wagenen, who reiterated he would now not specialize in about his enjoy job security, said he and Cohen had a chance to take a seat down down and collect to know every totally different a exiguous bit final chilly climate and focus on suggestions and philosophies.

“I do know he’s aggressive,” Van Wagenen said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: Fried modified into once reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday, and Atlanta optioned RHP Bryse Wilson to its alternate coaching attach aside.

Mets: After leaving Wednesday evening’s time out in Philadelphia with a staunch hamstring spasm, deGrom threw a facet session Friday and felt staunch, Rojas said. The team will gaze how the 2-time Cy Young Award winner feels Saturday sooner than determining if he’ll preserve it up agenda, which can presumably perchance give him two extra starts this season. … 2B Robinson Cano modified into once hit trusty above the left wrist by a 92 mph sinker from Fried in the fourth and eradicated in the sixth. X-rays were negative and Rojas said Cano is truthful. … RHP Dellin Betances (staunch lat tightness) confronted hitters Thursday at the alternate attach aside. “I heard he’s doing huge,” Rojas said. … Kilome, sidelined since Sept. 2 with a split fingernail, modified into once activated from the injured list. INF Luis Guillorme modified into once optioned to the alternate attach aside.

UP NEXT

Braves: Rookie RHP Ian Anderson (3-0, 1.64 ERA) makes his fifth fundamental league delivery up Saturday evening. The 22-twelve months-outmoded Anderson, drafted third total in 2016, went to excessive college in Clifton Park, about 170 miles north of Citi Discipline. But he modified into once a Boston Red Sox fan, like his dad. Anderson said he has two brothers residing in Unique York Metropolis, though with out a followers current at the ballpark resulting from of the coronavirus, his family and company may possibly presumably perchance no longer collect the chance to scurry trying to acquire him pitch in particular person. “It positively might be good to possess them down right here,” he said. “They’d all like to be right here.”

Mets: Rookie LHP David Peterson (4-2, 4.17 ERA), a predominant-spherical fetch in 2017, tries to current Unique York’s reeling rotation. Peterson allowed three runs over six innings and struck out a profession-excessive eight Aug. 2 in a 4-0 loss at Atlanta.

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