Unheralded Mets lead Game 1 against Braves

A day after the Mets sent Robinson Cano packing, two of the players who survived the roster crunch flaunted their full worth.

Travis Jankowski served as the spark plug as the fill-in leadoff man, using his speed to score two infield hits and score three runs, and Luis Guillorme flashed the leather on a shortstop start.

Together, they helped the Mets defeat the Braves 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.

Pete Alonso also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, driving in Jankowski both times.

Triple-A called David Peterson as the Mets’ 27th man to the doubleheader, started Game 1 and gave up four runs over five innings. The bullpen then went into lockdown mode as Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith (two innings) and Edwin Diaz combined to maintain a one-run lead to end the game.

Guillorme, who started shortstop with Francisco Lindor as DH, helped Peterson settle in early with two impressive defensive plays against the first two batters of the game. He dove left to stab a hard grounder on one and then slung a chopper over the hill (out of shift) and threw himself over his body for the other.

New York Mets center fielder Travis Jankowski #16 reaches first
Travis Jankowski showed his Mets value in Game 1 against the Braves.
Robert Sabo

As if the Mets didn’t already get enough pitches earlier this season, Buck Showalter made sure they got another credited at the end of the first. After Jankowski started with an infield single, Showalter called and won a challenge that confirmed Lindor was hit in the left foot by a curveball from Charlie Morton in the dirt.

Alonso then poked a single through the open right side of the infield to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Eduardo Escobar was next, lining a single to right field to score Lindor for a 2-0 lead.

Peterson issued a one-out walk in the second inning that came back to hurt. Dansby Swanson followed with a double on the third baseline (which looked like it was a foul, although it wasn’t verifiable) before Travis Demeritte hit a sacrifice fly that put the Braves within 2-1.

But the Mets extended their lead late in the inning in a rally built by walks by Guillorme and Jankowski. After Lindor drove with loaded bases in a fielder’s choice run, Alonso came up again with a single three-of-a-kind through the left touchline for 4-1.

Jankowski got it back on its feet in the fourth inning. He hit a double play, then stole second base and finished third because Travis d’Arnaud had a throwing error while trying to catch him. As a result, he was able to score with Mark Canha’s sacrificial fly for a 5-1 lead.

The Braves greatly extended that lead in the fifth inning when Matt Olson smashed a three-run homer by Peterson to make it a 5-4 game. Olson’s blast came after Peterson committed a field error on a doubles play that could have been an innings ending. Unheralded Mets lead Game 1 against Braves


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