Matt Wisler showed Tuesday night why the Braves have so much hope for his future and their potential to have a solid starting rotation. He beat the Mets with eight, one-hit innings as Atlanta won 3-0.
Wisler had only two walks and four strikeouts. His ERA is now 3.24 and he’s allowed just 21 hits in 33.1 innings, with nine walks and 23 strikeouts.
The right-hander now has a 1.55 ERA in his four career starts against the Mets.
The Braves improved to 7-19 on the season, now 11 games back of the Nationals in the NL East.
Mallex Smith continues to impress. He was 2-4 Tuesday with his first Major League home run. Smith is now hitting .237 and has eight runs batted in on the season. Smith also had a stolen base. He has four on the season.
Wisler and Smith are two of the “Padres boys,” acquired in the two major trades with San Diego prior to the 2015 season.
Freddie Freeman continues to see his batting average rise. He had two hits and is now up to .261.
The Braves finish up the road trip with a 1:10 game against the Mets Wednesday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27) will pitch for Atlanta.
It was not a good night on the farm, as Gwinnett lost at home to Toledo 12-5 and Carolina was swept in a doubleheader in Salem.
Lucas Sims was touched up in Gwinnett’s loss. The right-hander allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits in four innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. His overall ERA is now 3.53 in his six starts on the season.
Carolina lost 15-3 and 7-6 to Salem. Max Povse had his first bad game of the season, as he allowed five runs on five hits in 3.2 innings, with four walks and three strikeouts. Povse had four walks in his first four starts, so this was his first speedbump of the season.
Zach Bird, acquired from the Dodgers last year in the Alex Wood trade, allowed seven runs in relief. Bird’s ERA is now 10.13.
Wes Parsons made his first start of the season in Game Two of the twin bill. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings. The Red Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off reliever Sean McLaughlin.
Here is Wednesday’s schedule for Atlanta’s minor league system:
GWINNETT vs. Toledo – 10:35 – Casey Kelly (1-0, 2.33)
MISSISSIPPI at Tennessee – 7:05 – Andrew Thurman (0-2, 7.82)
CAROLINA at Salem – 7:05 – Ryan Clark (0-2, 6.16)
ROME vs. Hickory – 7:00 – Touki Toussaint (1-3, 9.19)
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