The Mets led 4-2 entering the ninth, and lost, because their bullpen is collapsing, and they are on the verge of another late season swan dive. I know it isn’t attractive, but schadenfreude is all we have left.
It looked like yet another Braves early lead-blown lead-hibernation mode loss, but these are the September Braves, who all of the sudden have remembered how to play baseball. Kotchman led off with a single. KJ hit for L’ilbridge (he didn’t start because Ollie Perez started, and KJ can’t hit Perez at all) and singled. And Norton hit for the pitcher and hit a three-run homer to give the Braves the lead. If that wasn’t enough, Slugging Second Baseman Martin Prado walked, followed by a single from Chipper (3-5, and a five-point lead in the batting race) and another epic PA from Blanco, who lined a double into the gap to make it 6-4. Corky (who entered the game after Blanco ran for McCann) hit a fly ball deep enough to score Chipper. Gonzalez let the first two reach but got out of it unscathed for the save. Julio picked up the win.
Home to face the Phillies, where the Braves totally won’t lie down and let the Phillies win without effort. That would be wrong.