Manager Brian Snitker, assessing Wright’s outing, said: “Command, stuff was flat. He just couldn’t get on track and get anything going. ... You see the stuff and all, he just hasn’t been able to put it together.”
2. Wright has made two starts this season, his other coming April 16 against the Cubs in Chicago. He’s pitched only 6-1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (two homers) with six strikeouts and five walks. There have been positives in Wright’s young career - he’s only appeared in 21 major-league games - but he just hasn’t achieved the consistency that keeps players at the major-league level.
“Mentally, I have to get back on the attack and be the aggressor,” Wright said. “Sometimes I just try to do too much and I get away from the aggressive mentality of attacking the strike zone and seeing what happens.”
3. Mets starter Tylor Megill made his major-league debut, allowing two runs over 4-1/3 innings. Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte smacked a two-run homer off Megill in the fifth to put the Braves on the board. It was Inciarte’s first homer since June 13 and second of the season. The Braves were working shorthanded with outfielders Ronald Acuna (back stiffness) and Guillermo Heredia (wrist) unavailable to hit (Heredia could’ve run or been a defensive substitute).
4. First baseman Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with a walk to snap an 0-for-12 skid. Each hit was a single. It was Freeman’s first multi-hit game since June 18, his third of three consecutive such performances during last week’s homestand.
5. Following Tuesday’s game, starter Charlie Morton and shortstop Dansby Swanson said they felt the Braves were trending in the right direction after taking three of four from the Cardinals at home and then winning two of the first three from the Mets entering Wednesday.
But with the Mets’ latest win, the Braves dropped to five games back in the division. Still, they’ve gained 2-1/2 games since exactly one week ago, when they were a season-worst 7-1/2 games back. While splitting four games in New York isn’t the worst result, it was a missed opportunity to trim further into the Mets’ lead.
The Braves and Mets will play a three-game series at Truist Park next week, which will be their final meeting before the All-Star break.
Stat to know
3-5 (The Braves are 3-5 against the Mets this season.)
“You just hope someday it clicks and he figures it out.” - Snitker on Wright
The Braves open a four-game series Thursday in Cincinnati against the Reds. Snitker didn’t name a starter but said the team will use a bullpen game.