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New York Mets: Pitching Struggles Continue in Fourth Straight Loss

  • By: Daniel Marcillo
  • August 1, 2020
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Michael Wacha had nothing in his second start for the New York Mets, and it was evident from the first inning.

It was the second straight night the Mets starter failed to pitch five innings, and their lack of offense led to a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

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The Mets never had a lead at any point during the game. The Braves started their scoring early with a Marcell Ozuna first inning, two-run home run to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. They added on to their lead in the second inning as back-to-back doubles from Tyler Flowers, and Ronald Acuna Jr. followed by an Ozzie Albies single, gave Atlanta a quick 5-0 lead.

Wacha was stuck in his mess all night. His lack of control and ability to put hitters away forced him to throw 96 pitches in the four innings he pitched. Once the Mets fell behind early, they played like a team who lost any life they had left.

Ugly Offense

The Mets only mustered one run, which came on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly. Their offense struggled to drive in fields as they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left ten runners on base. Despite the struggles as a team, Cano continued his hot hitting. Cano’s double was the only extra-base hit they had all night.

The one bright spot from the loss is the MLB debut for Franklyn Kilome. He came out of the bullpen following Wacha and pitched very well. Kilome kept the Braves hitters off-balanced and confused, throwing four innings, allowing two runs and striking out five without walking a batter. He also retired nine in a row to finish his night. Not only did he earn a future role but rested a struggling Mets bullpen.

Another bright spot is Jeff McNeil’s 12-pitch at-bat while the Mets were down 7-1 and with two outs in the ninth. McNeil continued to fight and work out a walk to extend the game another batter. It was not the type of at-bat the Mets have put together frequently and shows the focus McNeil has. Most players would have given up the at-bat to end the game.

The Mets attempt to stop their losing streak as David Peterson takes the mound in his second career start on Sunday. He faces off against Kyle Wright, and the first pitch from Truist Park is at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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Trump Campaign Pushes for Fourth Debate With Biden in Early September

Savannah Rychcik August 5, 2020 0 Comments

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is requesting the Commission on Presidential Debates schedule a fourth debate with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for early September.

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sent a letter to the commission on Wednesday urging it to add another debate to the already agreed-upon three debates.

Giuliani noted if the commission does not agree to add another debate, it should move up the third debate to the first week in September.

“Simply put, the Commission’s current approach is an outdated dinosaur and not reflective of voting realities in 2020,” Giuliani wrote.

He added, “For a nation already deprived of a traditional campaign schedule because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it makes no sense to also deprive so many Americans of the opportunity to see and hear the two competing visions for our country’s future before millions of votes have been cast.”

Giuliani claimed Biden would “agree” Americans need to see both Trump and Biden debate each other before they vote.

He called on the commission to adequately prepare for the debate should the coronavirus pandemic interfere.

“Additionally, now that former Vice President Biden has finally confirmed he is indeed available to leave his basement for the fall debates, we are also requesting the Commission solidify its backup plans for debate locations and logistics in the event additional COVID-19 complications arise at any of the locations,” Giuliani said.

He suggested the commission should establish a studio format with no audience as an emergency back-up plan.

Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, said on Tuesday her husband will attend the debates despite rumors suggesting he will try to avoid debating Trump, as IJR previously reported.

 Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway also called for more presidential debates, as IJR previously reported.

Conway explained she believes there should be more than three debates because both Trump and Biden are unable to hold in-person campaign events.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the nation.

As of Wednesday evening, there are more than 4.8 million coronavirus cases and over 157,000 deaths.

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