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[sny-box color="fff"]Hefner pitched well at the start of the game, but ran into trouble in the 5th when he gave up 5 runs on 2 home runs and was pulled having recorded only one out.
The Mets offense was utterly overmatched against Tim Hudson, who was dominant into the 8th inning before a devastating injury to his leg. He may be out for the season, if not longer.
Murphy had an exciting day as he turned a nice double-play in the 1st inning, then made errors in the 5th and the 9th. He also hit 2 doubles, the second of which drove in the Mets' only two runs, and walked.
Germen threw 2.2 terrific innings in relief, giving up no runs and allowing just one baserunner.[/sny-box]
What a letdown of a night for Hefner. He looked solid for 4 innings, holding the Braves to a run, but everything came crashing down in the 5th. The two homeruns - a 3-run shot by Uggla and a 2-run by Simmons - were both bombs and Hefner just lost the zone completely. We all knew he was coming down to earth eventually, but he has come down hard.But Hefner’s night was cake compared to poor Tim Hudson’s. As he was running out a ground ball, Eric Young, Jr. ran over Hudson’s ankle as he covered first base. It was truly gruesome - Hudson was in obvious agony and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He definitely appeared to break something and it’s hard to imagine he’ll be back this season. If you have a strong stomach, you can see the the incident here. I would recommend against it, though.
Hudson had a great game up to that point, holding the Mets to 2 runs over 7.2 innings, both of which scored after he left the game. As he was carted off the field, the crowd at Citi Field gave him a nice ovation. He’s a great pitcher and I’ve never known anyone who had a bad word to say about him as a person. This is a huge blow to the Braves, and to baseball. I wish him the very best and hope we’ll watched him face the Mets again soon (preferably scoring more runs next time). For what it's worth, there were no hard feelings between Hudson and Young, who was visibly shaken, as it was clearly an unavoidable accident.
Outside of Hefner's struggles, and Hudson's horror show, this was just a sloppy, lethargic game from the Mets, a shame after they played so well last night. Two errors from Murphy plus a passed ball by Recker helped the Braves build a solid lead. With the team combining for 11 strikeouts and 3 double plays, it was all but over early on and they played like they knew it.
Tomorrow at 12:10 pm ET, the Mets look to split their four game series against the Braves, with Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58 ERA) facing Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA).