See, that’s how you do it. Forget “aggressive”. Work the count. Take pitches out of the strike zone, foul off the ones you can’t handle, and good things will happen. The Braves got Mets starter John Maine to throw 99 pitches… In four innings, and two batters of the fifth. They weren’t getting big innings, but got single runs in the first, third, fourth, and (after Maine left) fifth. Their best big-inning chance was the third, when Escobar led off with a single but was caught stealing; with two out, Chipper, Teixeira, and McCann singled to score one run, but it could have been more. Still, it works.
Tom Glavine didn’t look long for the game in the first, when he allowed a solo homer to Luis Castillo, of all people, then loaded the bases with one out. But he got out of it with a lineout and flyout, and after that the Mets couldn’t touch him. He left after the sixth having retired the last seventeen men he faced. He’d only thrown 82 pitches, but he really hasn’t had any stamina this year and Bobby probably didn’t want to risk it with the game only 4-1, so he hit for him leading off the sixth.
McCann hit a two-run homer in the seventh that pretty much put it away, though. Ohman did his thing, working behind the hitters but somehow getting them out, in the seventh and to the first batter of the eighth. Bobby, bizarrely, used Boyer to finish the eighth and Acosta the ninth. Of course, Acosta isn’t really reliable and gave up two hits, but he’s the putative Closer™ so you’d think you’d hold him back for the nightcap. Whatever.
Teixeira was 3-3 with a walk, and I am guardedly optimistic. Everyone had a hit but Francoeur, who looks completely useless right now but was
intentionally walked ealked in the fifth anyway. There are good reasons that the Mets fans want Willie Randolph’s head.
This will serve as the game thread for the nightcap.
UPDATE: Since this is a game thread, I guess there should be a video. This is dedicated to Jeff Francoeur and/or Blaine Boyer.