Soroka, Free­man over­whelm Mets

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

AT­LANTA — No-hit­ter or not, Mike Soroka knew the Braves would be cau­tious and not let him overex­ert his right shoul­der.

“The first time I even thought about what was go­ing on was go­ing out for the sixth,” he said. “It was hap­pen­ing so quickly. You get into a rhythm that way, and that wasn’t bad as well.”

Soroka did not al­low a hit un­til the sev­enth in­ning, Fred­die Free­man home­red and drove in both runs, and the Braves beat the strug­gling Mets 2-0 on Wed­nes­day.

Soroka, 20, the youngest pitcher in the ma­jor leagues and one of base­ball’s top prospects, re­turned from a shoul­der strain that side­lined him since May 17 to out­pitch NL ERA leader Jacob deGrom in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 min­utes.

Mak­ing his fourth career start, Soroka (2-1) gave up one hit, one walk and struck out four in 61⁄ in­nings. He had a sim­ple game plan.

“Pitch my game and let them ad­just to my game as op­posed to the other way around,” Soroka said. “I think we did a re­ally good job of that.”

Free­man, the NL bat­ting leader, has hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games. He drove in the first run with a sin­gle in the fourth off deGrom (4-2). He home­red off Jeremy Blevins in the eighth.

Free­man has five homers in his last seven games and 14 over­all.

Braves man­ager Brian Snitker said that Soroka would be on a pitch count, so it was no sur­prise when he re­placed him with A.J. Min­ter af­ter Michael Con­forto sin­gled to be­gin the sev­enth af­ter 74 pitches.

The Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 and 17 of their last 21. They went 3-6 at SunTrust Park this sea­son against the Braves.

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