NEW YORK – The Braves lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, suffering a 6-2 defeat to the Mets in the nightcap at Citi Field. Atlanta is 64-45.
Here are five observations:
1. “Just weird.”
That’s how manager Brian Snitker described the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Max Scherzer manhandled the Braves, but Atlanta fell victim to a few tough moments. The box score shows three errors, but two came on difficult plays.
“Those are not easy plays, they’re not routine plays that they got credited with an error (on),” Snitker said. “Those are tough, tough errors.”
In the third inning, Dansby Swanson, who committed two errors, fired an errant throw to first base as he tried to complete a double play. But this was a difficult throw considering Max Fried, who was sprinting to cover first, was like a moving target. Two runs scored as the ball bounced on the dirt, hit Fried’s chest and rolled into foul territory.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Austin Riley fielded a ball toward the third-base line and, with a runner heading home, fired the ball to Travis d’Arnaud. D’Arnaud, in his catching gear, made a leaping catch, then spun and tried to tag the runner. The runner was initially ruled out, but the Mets challenged it and the call was overturned.
“Our defense, they’ve bailed me out of a ton of jams before,” Fried said. “That’s the reason why we play 162. Just go back out there tomorrow and kind of get back on the saddle.”
On the play at home plate, d’Arnaud’s leg appeared to crumble as he spun around to tag the runner. He finished the inning, but exited the game after that. He received X-rays on his lower right leg and they were negative, the Braves said. He is day-to-day.