Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/18/13
ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts after the Braves opened Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets with a 4-3 loss at Turner Field. 1. Heyward, and a defensive breakdown, spoiled Harvey's party Matt Harvey tracked down Jason Heyward's chopper and flipped it to first base -- but the bag was unmanned as and the ball sailed past the foul line as Heyward slid in head-first. The no-hit bid was over for the Mets phenom, lasting one batter in to the seventh inning. It was an ending that came in the most bizarre of fashions -- first baseman Lucas Duda and moved in to make a play on the ball and second baseman Daniel Murphy failed to cover the base -- but it couldn't overshadow the fact that Harvey was simply dominant. "He's got electric stuff," said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. "He was throwing everything for strikes today. He was working both sides of the plate. His fastball was 95-100 (mph). You know, tip your cap to him." Harvey (6-1) struck out 13, surpassing his career high of 12 set May 7 vs. the White Sox. He fanned five straight Braves, with the last of his day coming on a 96-mph four-seam fastball to Freddie Freeman in the seventh inning. Of the 26 batters he faced, 14 of them saw four pitches or less, including nine who lasted just three. It was the fourth time this season and the sixth time overall he has hit double-digits in Ks and the first since May 28 vs. the Yankees. "He's pretty good," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "He threw his slider any time for strikes, any count. Fastball, commanded it, all over the place, elevated it." Harvey went seven innings, walking two in 103 pitches to drop his ERA to 2.08, third lowest in the majors behind the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz (1.71) and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (1.84). 2. The Braves didn't have enough late-inning magic this time After Freddie Freeman's game-winning RBI on Monday night, Atlanta entered the twinbill with 21 come-from-behind wins, two more than any other National League team and trailing only the Royals (23) among all major league clubs. The Braves made a run at No. 22 after Harvey exited, scoring three times in the eighth inning as Jordan Schafer hit a two-run, RBI single and Heyward followed with a two-out, run-scoring double two batters later. "I wasn't convinced but I had a real good feeing we were about to either tie it up or take the lead in that inning,' said Uggla, who scored on Schafer's single. "But you know, you're not always going to come back from behind but we made a push and just kind of fell short." But with the bases loaded after Scott Rice intentionally walked Freeman, the Braves couldn't capitalize. Chris Johnson struck out swinging to end the threat. 3. Wood overshadowed, but solid in short outing Harvey stole the show on day where most of the emphasis was on a pair of prized prospects who were making their first major league starts in the Mets' Zack Wheeler and Braves' Alex Wood. While Wheeler makes his debut in the second game of the doubleheader opposite Paul Maholm, Wood was strong before leaving after the third inning with blood visible on the index finger of his pitching (left) hand, the result of a cut cuticle from throwing knuckle curve. He allowed two hits, striking out five and walking three in 73 pitches and the was for Wood to not go any higher than 95 pitches. "(Seventy-three) is a lot of pitches for a guy that hasn't started in three weeks now," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Called up May 30 to give the bullpen a boost with his sweeping, unorthodox delivery, Wood had a 3.52 ERA over 7 23 innings in six appearances. "My first time out there, I felt like my stuff was pretty good," Wood said. "I felt like I competed really well and I felt a little more at home getting out there starting again." In using Wood, the Braves became the last team in the majors to use a sixth starting pitcher this season. It took them 71 games to go beyond their five-man rotation, 10 longer than the next closest team, the Tigers. That's the longest the franchise has gone since 2000 when they lasted 90 games with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Kevin Milwood, Terry Mulholland and John Burkett.
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