Over the last three seasons, Bartolo Colon was a leader that the New York Mets could rely on in their rotation of young pitchers. Colon is officially an Atlanta Brave now, as he started his first game of the season Wednesday night against his former team. When free agency hit last winter, the Braves grabbed Colon up, signing him to a one-year, $12.5 million contract.
Colon was back in Citi Field, and the reaction from fans was similar to when he wore the orange and blue. As Colon came up to bat to face his former teammate Jacob deGrom in the third inning, fans from both sides gave him a standing ovation. Colon received another acknowledgement when he went to bat again in the sixth inning. He was 0 for 2 at bat on the night. On the pitching side, Colon struck out six Mets, allowed two hits and one earned run in six innings for the Braves.
On the Mets side on the ball, deGrom allowed only two hits, one walk, and struck out six Braves in six innings. DeGrom and Colon went into a pitcher’s duel, having very similar numbers on the day. The game, much like Monday’s Opening Day, was slow for hitters. Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board first with a homerun in the fifth inning. Adonis Garcia of the Braves answered Bruce’s homer with a double leading Nick Markakis to score in the 7th. The game was tied at 1 at the bottom of the 9th and continued to have slow hitting into extra innings. It wasn’t until the 12th inning, when the Braves Matt Kemp hit a double leading Chase D'Arnaud and Ender Inciarte to score to put the Braves on top of the Mets.
The Amazin’s close out their three game showdown against the Braves in Citi Field Thursday night at 7:10 pm on SNY.