I hate this game sometimes. The Braves led 3-0 going into the bottom of the eighth. The Mets got a couple of sorry hits off of Jair Jurrjens, who had been masterful to that point. Bobby stuck with him instead of going to a reliever, and on 102nd pitch of the game, Reyes hit a one-out double into the gap to make it 3-2, though fortunately he tried to stretch and was thrown out at third. Then Bobby goes to the pen, and wound up using both Moylan and O’Flaherty (with Soriano probably unavailable) to get one out.
In the ninth, because Moylan and Soriano weren’t options, Bobby had to go with Gonzalez against a primarily righthanded portion of the Mets’ lineup. Beltran doubled leading off. They couldn’t get him to third with the next out, so he took off on a steal attempt. He looked out — obviously out — but was called safe. Gonzalez “hit” the next batter (who dived into the pitch — according to the rulebook, he is not entitled to a base) and then threw an 0-2 breaking ball to Luis Castillo, who couldn’t catch up to Gonzalez’s fastball with a head start, a bottle of amphetamines, and a cheat code. He hit a sac fly to tie it.
In the tenth, Chipper singled with one out. McCann (who already had three hits, including a double, on the night) just missed a homer, after which Chipper stole second. The Mets walked Brian, and I have no problem with the steal; the intentional walk is almost always a bad play. But they got Kotchman, and Francoeur was basically an automatic out.
Bennett pitched the bottom of the inning, and got two easy outs. Reyes then hit an infield single up the middle, and stole second. Bobby had Bennett walk Alex Cora; if the intentional walk is almost always a bad play, the intentional walk to Alex Cora always is. Bennett then walked the next man, a pinch-hitter. And then he walked Beltran to end it. Genius managing, great pitching.
The Braves had lots of chances. They just didn’t come through that often, and had some bad luck; McCann’s double probably would have scored Chipper from first (there were two out) but bounced off a fence that is apparently out of play and was called a ground-rule double. But they stranded ten men, and Francoeur in particular looks totally hapless against righthanded pitching.