The Mets offense was unable to capitalize on a stupendous night from the reigning NL Cy Young Award Winner -- both on the mound and at the plate -- and they lost Friday's game to the Braves, 2-1, in 14 innings. >> Box score
Six takeaways from Friday's game
1) RHP Jacob deGrom was positively brilliant, including a stretch through the middle innings where he retired eight straight Braves batters on strikes. His lone slip-up came in the sixth, when Ozzie Albies singled, stole second and scored on a Freddie Freeman base hit to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. DeGrom finished his night with seven innings pitched, allowing just the one run on four hits with 13 strikeouts. But he made even more noise with the bat.
2) DeGrom took matters into his own hands leading off the bottom of the sixth, when he took the first pitch of the inning the opposite way and over the wall in left for a solo home run. The home run was deGrom's second of the season (third of his career) and tied the game, 1-1.
Jacob deGrom is the first pitcher in the modern era to home run and strikeout at least 13 in a game -- twice in the same season, per Elias.- Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) August 24, 2019
3) RHP Seth Lugo worked himself into a little bit of trouble when he came on to pitch the eighth, but stranded a pair of Braves runners when he got Josh Donaldson looking to end the top of the eighth. He returned to the mound for the ninth and tossed a 1-2-3 inning.
4) RHP Edwin Diaz made things interesting in the 10th by hitting the first batter of the inning, which was followed by a sacrifice bunt to get pinch-runner Billy Hamilton to second. Hamilton then proceeded to steal third, but Diaz recovered to strike out both Ronald Acuna and Albies to retire the side.
5) After Diaz escaped the 10th, the Mets used four different pitchers to get to the 14th inning, when RHP Jeurys Familia came on to try to keep the game tied. But after a leadoff walk and a double, Hamilton rolled a single through the right side to give the Braves the lead.
6) The Mets had no shortage of chances in extra innings, including leaving the winning run on third in both the 10th and 11th innings. They went relatively meekly in both the 12th and 13th, before a 1-2-3 14th inning ended the ballgame.
The Mets will continue their three-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets against LHP Max Fried (14-4, 3.84 ERA) for the Braves.