So, both sides of Tommy Hanson showed up today. Unfortunately, the offense did not. Four of the first five Mets of the day reached against Hanson, and before everyone was settled into their seats, it was 2-0. But then he struck out nine Mets in five innings of work.
The Braves could have taken control in the second inning, when they had the bases loaded and nobody out, with one run already in on a Dan Uggla triple and a Freddie Freeman single. But Matt Young, getting the start in center, popped up, and then Fredi did something completely bizarre. With two strikes on Hanson and the bases loaded, he called for a squeeze play. If nothing else, he had the element of surprise. Not surprisingly, Hanson struck out and Eric Hinske was tagged out easily. And that was it for sequential offense from the Braves.
The Mets got another run in the fifth, when Jose Reyes singled, stole second, and came home on a single. The Braves got to within one when Jason Heyward hit a solo shot in the eighth. But despite baserunners in each of the last three innings, they couldn’t get a run home.