Well, that was unpleasant. The return of Jason Heyward was not the spark the offense hoped, though he was one of only four Braves to reach base. The tally:
- Alex Gonzalez doubled with two out in the second.
- Heyward then walked semi-intentionally to get to Joe Mather, the poor man’s Jeff Francoeur, who struck out.
- Chipper Jones walked with one out in the fourth, and was still at first base at the end of the inning.
- Brooks Conrad singled pinch-hitting with two out in the eighth, followed by a Jordan Schafer strikeout.
Is this any way to run a railroad? The only bright spot of the night was a rain delay after the fourth which got Dillon Gee out of the ballgame, but unfortunately play resumed. The Mets already had a 3-0 lead off of Tim Hudson, with Jose Reyes (who else?) doubling, going to third on a Heyward throwing error, and scoring on a groundout in the first, and a two-run homer by Angel Pagan in the fourth.
Cristhian Martinez replaced Hudson after the rain delay and threw two good innings, but fell apart in the seventh, and Scott Linebrink came in to hold the Mets to just one run. Which they hardly needed. For some reason, Eric O’Flaherty pitched the ninth.