Obviously, the Mets should give up on the season.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first, loading the bases before McCann’s sac fly. The Mets tied it up in the second, but the Braves made it 3-1 in the third on RBI singles by Francoeur and Diaz, and 4-1 in the fourth on an RBI single by Teixeira.
Hudson was pitching well, but he gives up balls in play and sometimes those fall in holes. The Mets led off the fifth with two singles, a groundout, and then a hit batsman to load the bases. Then on a flare to center Kotsay trapped it (Andruw would have gotten it) but one of the umpires called it an out, and meanwhile the runner at second had passed the runner at third. The umpires huddled and figured out that the best thing for the Mets would be to call it a run scored (the runner at third had never even touched the plate) and the bases still loaded with one out. The Mets got one more run on a groundout before Hudson got out of it.
Kotsay singled in Gotay (who if KJ can’t go should be playing instead of Prado; Prado is hitting but his defense has been beneath contempt, and he had two egregious misplays to cost GIDPs today but somehow managed to escape without being charged with an error [this just in, the unearned run rule is stupid]) to make it 5-3. Moylan got through one of Prado’s misplays unscathed in the seventh, and in the bottom of the inning KJ had a pinch-hit, 3-2 grand slam off of Jorge Sosa to make it 9-3.
Royce Ring gave up consecutive doubles in the eighth, and the Mets cut it to 9-5, but Francoeur’s two-out double in the bottom of the inning but the Braves back up by six. Soriano pitched the ninth with no problems, and frankly I had no problem using him there — and certainly would have wanted him in there up four, “save situation” or not. I don’t trust anyone else in this pen.
Hudson struck out four and didn’t walk any in six innings. He threw a few more pitches than he’d probably like, but a lot of that is Prado’s fault… All the position players but Escobar had at least one hit, and all of them but Diaz scored. Chipper and Francoeur were both 3-5, and Teixeira was 2-3 with two walks.
Smoltz versus Santana tomorrow. Prado delenda est.