Ah, the Mets.
They actually took the lead in the first, singling and doubling with two out, but Tim Hudson shut them down from there. He allowed only one other hit all night — and it was a goofy flare down the right-field foul line that Jason Bay at first didn’t even run on that bounced from fair territory into the stands — in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases for their only other threat of the night. Hudson walked two and struck out two, and his fly ball/ground ball split was about even, so I wouldn’t want to try to duplicate the effort — but, the Mets.
In the third, the Braves took the lead. Alex Gonzalez singled. Hudson — batting eighth — couldn’t get the bunt down, but Jose Constanza tripled into the gap to score AAG. Michael Bourn then hit an unusual play called a “sacrifice fly”, which even though it has “sacrifice” in it doesn’t even involve a bunt, to take the lead.
The Braves blew a couple of other chances, mostly around Freddie Freeman‘s two doubles. In the eighth, Constanza singled, then Bourn bunted (just what you want to do with two fast guys, give away outs) and Martin Prado legged out an infield grounder. Freeman this time didn’t double, but grounded to third. David Wright went home with it. Constanza then initiated a “run-down”, which is another unusual play where instead of just running into the catcher the baserunner runs back and forth on the bases in an attempt to allow the other runners to advance, and maybe even get to a bag safely if the other team screws up. Prado and Freeman advanced to third and second. Dan Uggla, needing a hit to extend his streak, singled to make it 4-1.