Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets' Bats Silent Again

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets' Bats Silent Again

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NEW YORK - In the moments leading up to Thursday's game, general manager Sandy Alderson addressed the Mets' second-half struggles that have led to them falling out of contention.

"I think in a nutshell we haven't hit. We're not scoring runs the way we were earlier in the season for a variety of reasons," Alderson said before the Mets lost to the Braves, 6-1. "We seem to have gone flat offensively for some reason during most of August. Had a pretty good month of July. August hasn't been kind of to us offensively."

August didn't get any better for the Mets on Thursday night.

Even with David Wright back in the lineup, the Mets were shut down by Braves starter Mike Minor at Citi Field. They managed just four hits.

After losing two of three to Atlanta, the Mets (62-72) need to finish 28-0 this season to reach the 90-win goal that management floated before the season began.

Following the loss, the Mets placed second baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list with a strained right calf and promoted one of their top prospects, infielder Dilson Herrera, from Class AA Binghamton.

"We're going pretty quietly right now," Mets manager Terry Collins said of the struggling offense. "We've got to change that."

With just three games left in the month, the Mets have scored 85 runs and are batting .217 in August, their lowest single-month totals of the season. In 14 home games this month, they're averaging 2.1 runs per game and are hitting just .164.

Thursday, they offered feeble resistance against Minor, who entered the game with a 4.86 ERA in 11 career starts against the Mets. He allowed one run in seven-plus innings.

The Mets were held without a base runner through the first four innings, and finally broke up Minor's perfect game in the fifth when Lucas Duda laced a single to left field.

Their lone run came in the eighth on Eric Campbell's RBI single that sliced the lead to 3-1, but Juan Lagares grounded out to end the inning while representing the go-ahead run. …

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