Atlanta Braves pitcher Tyler Matzek got revenge on New York Mets star Pete Alonso, who yelled “Throw it again” to Bryce Elder after hitting a home run.
The New York Mets are looking to make a statement against the Atlanta Braves, who were able to sneak past them for the NL East title late last season. On Tuesday night, they began their three-game series down in Atlanta. Early on, tensions flew.
In the top of the third inning, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso crushed a two-run homer off Braves pitcher Bryce Elder to left center field to increase the team’s lead to 4-1. Bally Sports South cameras and microphones caught Alonso yelling to Elder, “Throw it again, please throw it again” in the dugout after his home run.
Well, later on in the game, the Braves were able to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after a two-run double by Sean Murphy, an RBI double by Marcell Ozuna, and an RBI single by Orlando Arcia. Bally Sports cameras then cut to the Braves dugout, where pitcher Tyler Matzek was seen yelling “Throw it again” back at the Mets.
Braves: Tyler Matzek gets revenge on Pete Alonso, Mets
Taking Alonso’s words and throwing it back at him. That’s what Matzek did. And this is what rivalries are all about.
Matzek isn’t active for the Braves, as he underwent Tommy John surgery back in October, meaning that he is sidelined for the entire 2023 season.
Atlanta was able to further extend their lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning after Eddie Rosario scored at home on a groundout by Ozuna.
In the top of the ninth inning, Alonso just missed out on a home run to left field, but it flew foul. Alonso struck out swinging on the very next pitch by Braves closer Raisel Iglesias. Groundouts by Daniel Vogelbach and Starling Marte secured the win for Atlanta, while the Mets fell under .500 with a 30-31 record.
Elder was credited with the win after striking out eight batters, issuing two walks, and allowing four earned runs on four hits in 6.0 innings.
The Mets and Braves play on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. ET.