Ah, the Mets, the perfect cure.
In the first, Michael Bourn reached on a throwing error, went to second on a stolen base, then third on a groundout by Freddie Freeman, scoring on a single by Dan Uggla. Julio Teheran had by far his best major league start yet, but it didn’t begin too well. The first two men he saw singled, and the first of them, Jose Reyes, eventually scored on a sac fly; he allowed one other hit in the inning but no more runs. For the next four innings, he was terrific, allowing just two singles.
Martin Prado doubled leading off the fifth, and David Ross singled to score him with one out, giving the Braves the lead. The Braves had two on with two out in that inning, and couldn’t score when Chipper flew out; they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Alex Gonzalez popped up and Ross struck out.
Fredi won’t hit for AAG, but will double-switch him out. I guess this is progress. After getting the first man in the sixth to fly out, Teheran walked the next two, his only walks of the night. Fredi went with Cristhian Martinez out of the pen, switching in Jack Wilson in AAG’s place and Teheran’s lineup spot. The Lisp had a great day, facing six men and getting them all.
Wilson then led off the seventh with a double, went to third on a Bourn sac bunt (sigh) and scored on a Chipper sac fly to make it 3-1. After Martinez got the first man in the eighth, Fredi went to Eric O’Flaherty, who had pitched in the first game. O’Flaherty got the first man, then gave up two hits before Wilson made a terrific play to save a run with two out and even threw out the batter.
The Braves then got it beyond a save situation so Craig Kimbrel didn’t have to pitch twice in one game. I know! Ross struck again, homering to center with one out in the ninth. Bourn tripled with two out, and Chipper doubled him home. 5-1. Anthony Varvaro pitched the ninth (if it hadn’t been a double-header, I’m sure Fredi would have used Kimbrel anyway) and got them 1-2-3.