New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – September 15, 2009 – ESPN

Is Tommy Hanson the Rookie of the Year frontrunner? I think he might be the frontrunner. Of course, it helps to pitch against the Mets, even if Carlos Beltran is “back” in the lineup. Hanson ran his record to 10-3 and his string of shutout innings to seventeen by shutting down a Mets lineup that still includes several minor leaguers, and I’m not just talking about Francoeur. Hanson allowed but three hits and walked three while striking out eight — and Jeffy only once! He took a one-hitter into the seventh, that hit a one-out double in the second that constituted the Mets’ most severe threat of the game, but allowed a couple of singles before getting out of it and leaving with 95 pitches thrown, 60 of them strikes.

The offensive heroes were Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth — thanks again, Pirates! LaRoche hit two solo homers, one in the second and one in the sixth, and a run-scoring double in the fourth. McLouth singled in LaRoche and Infante in the fourth, and doubled in LaRoche in the eighth for the game’s final run. I don’t know if LaRoche has ever scored more than four runs in a game, but I rather doubt it.

Gonzalez, because his arm hasn’t fallen off yet, pitched the eighth. Surprisingly, Soriano did not pitch the ninth, as Eric O’Flaherty picked up the Atlanta Save. Gonzalez scuffled a bit and allowed a hit and a walk; O’Flaherty needed only six pitches in his 1-2-3 inning.