For seven innings, John Smoltz was brilliant, striking out fifteen Mets. Then in the eighth, leading 1-0, he tired, and Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run homer to give the Mets the lead. You could criticize Bobby for not going to the pen, but then you see what the pen did. Tom Martin allowed a mammoth homer by Cliff Floyd, and what good is Martin if he can’t even keep lefties from hitting homers? He left after letting Doug Mienkiewicz double, and Roman Colon allowed a homer to David Wright, and it was 5-1. Jorge Sosa allowed a run in the ninth to cap the scoring. Smoltz gets his second loss, but didn’t deserve it.
We got Ryan Langerhans, starting in right for Mondesi, but Langerhans got a particularly on Pedro Martinez, who allowed but three baserunners. Andruw tripled leading off the second, but was stranded. Chipper walked in the fourth and Estrada doubled him home. That was it for the Braves, retired in order the rest of the way.
It would have been nice to win and push the Mets to five back a week in; instead the Braves are a game up on Florida and Washtreal, 1 1/2 on Philadelphia (up 8-0 on the Cards late) and 3 up on the Mets. The Natspos visit for three starting tomorrow. Monday sees Hampton versus Zach Day on TBS.