So, maybe I should go with “Pendleton and McDowell both suck”?
Jeff Francoeur had a big day, going 4-5 and missing 5-5 when a double fell foul, drove in five runs and hit a homer that took about one second to leave the park in the sixth. The three singles he hit earlier were ropes. Maybe he’s recognizing the ball better, or maybe the Mets just screwed up, but it can’t be a bad sign. And in the ninth, he ended the game with a diving catch of a pop fly ball into nomansland behind first to bail out Reitsma.
All the Braves regulars had hits except for Chipper, who did walk and score. The Braves drew eight walks total, three by Andruw (who also doubled). Renteria was 2-3 with two walks, McCann 2-3 with one and threw out Reyes trying to steal.
Kyle Davies didn’t really pitch that badly, except in the second when he allowed three runs to tie the game, including a two-run homer to Beltran. He struck out six and walked four in only five innings, needing 101 pitches. It resembled some of his more effective outings from last year — except for the homer.
Cormier allowed a homer in the sixth, Ray pitched a perfect seventh, but Villareal stunk up the joint in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs then walking one in, and Reitsma had to bail him out. Reitsma didn’t have his fastball at all and walked the leadoff man in the ninth, then settled down by throwing his change and curve the rest of the way. He is completely untrustworthy.
Macay McBride was activated and L’il Tony Pena sent down… The Rockies come to town starting tomorrow for only two games. Or the Bizarro Rockies, who are 14-10 and leading the majors in road OPS (.318/.388/.555 away from Coors Field). I don’t have any explanation.