This is such a bizarrely bad team. In the ninth, after intentionally walking Carlos Beltran to face Lazarus Delgado, who was 4-4 on the night, Vladimir “Why Am I In The Majors” Nunez got a line drive that would have been an out, except that Infante, playing left field slid for the ball for no reason and it glanced off him to score the winning run. This has officially reached 1962 Mets-level comedy in the Braves’ ability to lose games. (BTW, the scorer called that a hit. I have no idea what an error is anymore.)
The Braves led 1-0 in the first on Yunel’s first homer since June 5. But the Mets got a walk and two hits off of Hampton and tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Lazarus delivered that run, then knocked home Wright in the third to take the lead. A solo homer from Wright made it 3-1 in the fifth, but the Braves actually rallied. McCann hit a two-run double in the sixth, and came home to take the lead on a single by Infante.
With runners first and second, two out, in the seventh, Ohman relieved Bennett. He got Lazarus to ground out, but didn’t cover first. Prado, playing first because Kotchman is on leave and Norton was hurting, threw anyway, and instead of a bases-loaded one-run lead, the game was tied. Prado has now played first base twice this year, and had a major screwup both times. In the eighth, Escobar led off with a single. Bobby had Kotsay bunt against a LOOGY, and it turned into a double play. It’s not just the bunting, it’s bunting and failing. Typically, Chipper walked and McCann singled, only to be stranded. If Kotsay had just struck out the Braves would have taken a lead. Which they would have blown anyway, let’s be serious. In the ninth, Nunez. Ugh.