ESPN – Mets vs. Braves – Box Score – May 20, 2008

Jorge Campillo was super, the Braves got more early runs, and Jeff Francoeur at long last took a game off. It was a good night. Campillo retired the Mets in order the first time through the lineup and wound up going six, allowing three hits and no walks, and striking out seven. He threw just 78 pitches, 54 of them strikes, most of them seemingly too soft to punch through tissue paper. Needless to say, I think he earned another start.

The Braves got a run in the first on an RBI double by Chipper, then broke through for three runs in the third, the big blow an RBI triple from KJ, who was hitting in the five spot with McCann and Francoeur not playing — McCann because he caught the opener, Francoeur because, I can only speculate, the Braves figured out that he’s in a horrible slump. At any event, after getting those runs the Braves went into Frustration Mode, which is different from Hibernation Mode in that in Frustration Mode they have lots of chances to score runs but don’t.

Jeff Bennett pitched the seventh inning, 1-2-3 on 14 pitches and a strikeout. So why not let him pitch the eighth? But no, here comes Blaine Boyer, who hadn’t pitched in hours. He got the first two, but couldn’t finish off the Corpse of Delgado and walked him, then allowed a double and a single to bring the tying run to the plate. Acosta came in, allowed a single for a Grybo, but then got out of it, but the lead was only 4-2.

Not for long. Mark Kotsay didn’t start, but came in on a double switch with Acosta. With one on in the ninth, he pulled a ball into the seats to make it 6-2 and give the Braves much-needed breathing room. Acosta allowed two more hits in the ninth — seriously, why is he the closer? — but got a double play to end it.

Chipper was 2-4 and sits at .409. Escobar had two hits as well, and Teixeira had a hit and two walks. Matt Diaz started against a righthander and did his best Francoeur imitation, 0-4, a strikeout, and seven men left on base.