The Mets have been in a collective slump for the past 18 games, posting a miserable .221 batting average while scoring just 2.7 runs per game.
Mets Last 18 Games
Jurrjens (8-7) gave up both hits and two walks in six innings after the Braves retired the No. 31 worn by Maddux. Boone Logan, Luis Valdez and Kris Medlen each pitched an inning after Jurrjens left.The Braves inducted Maddux into the team's Hall of Fame at a luncheon earlier Friday. Players and coaches then watched as Maddux became only the sixth Braves player to have his number retired by the team during a pregame ceremony."I think it was a special night for everybody in Atlanta," Jurrjens said. "He did a lot of great things for this city and I think everybody wanted to come out with a bang, to make it more special."The slumping Mets lost Gary Sheffield to a hamstring injury in the fifth inning and were shut out for the sixth time in 22 games since All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran went on the disabled list, going 8-14. The Mets have scored a major league-low 68 runs in that span.Sheffield pulled up and grabbed the back of his right thigh after catching up to a double hit by Yunel Escobar in the fifth inning. He dropped the ball and leaned over while center fielder Angel Pagan threw the ball back to the infield.Sheffield declined a ride but walked slowly off the field favoring his right leg."When I got ready to throw the ball, that's when I felt it grab," he said.Manager Jerry Manuel said Sheffield won't start on Saturday but may be available as a pinch hitter.The Mets already are without outfielders Beltran and Fernando Martinez, first baseman Carlos Delgado, shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher John Maine and relievers J.J. Putz and Billy Wagner due to injuries.The injuries and losses are beginning to take a toll on the Mets."I have to say there is frustration," Manuel said. "To a degree, I am frustrated."Manuel said it's not too late for a turnaround."I will say it doesn't outweigh my faith," he said. "I still believe. I still think it can happen."McCann hit a two-run double in the first and a two-run homer in the third as the Braves led 10-0 after five innings. Martin Prado homered in the third.McCann finished with three of Atlanta's 14 hits. The Braves set a season high with nine extra-base hits and equaled their season best with seven doubles.Mike Pelfrey (7-5) gave up nine hits and a career-high nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Pelfrey gave up nine runs, including eight earned, in an 11-6 loss at Pittsburgh on June 4.Manuel said he didn't see "life" from Pelfrey "until after there were runs on the board, and that concerns me a little bit.""He's going to have to step it up," Manuel said. "He's the guy we depend on, and we have to have better from him."Pelfrey's ERA rose from 4.47 to 5.07."I felt bad for everybody playing behind me," Pelfrey said. "It's embarrassing."With their second straight win over the Mets, the Braves (45-45) moved back to .500 for the first time since June 12."We've been playing good the last two games," Jurrjens said. "I hope we can keep it going."Escobar had three hits and three RBIs. He drove in McCann with a single in the first and added a two-run double in the fifth.Ryan Church made his first start against his former team since he was traded to Atlanta for Jeff Francoeur and cash last Friday. The right fielder went 1 for 4 and made a sliding catch on Omir Santos' line drive to end the fifth inning.Francoeur went 0 for 3 for New York.The start of the game was pushed back about 15 minutes due to the pregame ceremony for Maddux.
Maddux and his 12-year-old son, Chase, threw out the first pitches. ... Braves LHP Mike Gonzalez, who was diagnosed with left elbow tendinitis last week, said inflammation has moved to his forearm. He hopes to be able to pitch by Sunday. ... With his first-inning walk, Atlanta's Chipper Jones has 1,298 for his career, passing Hank Aaron for second place on the franchise list. Eddie Mathews is the leader with 1,376. ... Attendance was 50,704, a sellout and a season high at Turner Field.