This game was not the total embarrassment that Game 1 was, but it all looks the same on the overall record so that is little comfort. After starting out 5-0, the Braves have gone 3-6 and have rudely brought us all back to reality.
Eric Stults allowed leadoff triple in the first, but he managed to get out of it somehow without allowing that runner to get home. In the 2nd inning, AJ Pierzynski turned a triple into a double, and Andrelton Simmons singled him home for the game’s first run. AJ finished 3-for-3 with a walk in his first game at Citi Field. The rest of the offense, though, did not share his enthusiasm about the evening.
The Mets tied it up in essentially the same mannerâ€”an extra base hit and singleâ€”in the bottom of the inning, which made Joe Simpson begin extolling the Mets brand of smallball and how that has helped them win nine in a row coming into tonight. The Braves decided to kick the ball around a bit that inning and give the Mets a chance to score again, but the Mets and their amazin’ smallball ways were not able to take advantage of it.
In the 5th, Eric Young Jr. hit a one-out triple, and Alberto Callaspo gave the Braves their second lead of the game with a sac fly. By that point, Stults had retired 11 in a row and was dealing. He ended up pitching six strong innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits.
In the top of the 7th, Jace Peterson ripped the ball to deep left center field to lead off the inning and it looked liked the Braves would have an excellent opportunity to build on their lead. Juan Lagares, however, had other ideas, and he absolutely robbed Peterson to put an end to that notion. Cody Martin relieved Stults in the bottom of the 7th, but he gave up a solo homer to Wilmer Flores to let the Mets tie the game.
In the 8th, Lucas Duda put the Mets ahead with an RBI single off Jim Johnson, and Simpson once again began drooling over the Mets using smallball to be successful. Maybe the Braves need to take notes. Johnson issued 3 walks and 2 hits in his 2/3 of an inning, and Brandon Cunniff had to relieve him to get the Braves out of the inning. Like the Braves, Johnson has hit a wall in a hurry.
The Braves went meekly in the top of the 9th, and now they have to win Thursday’s afternoon getaway game to avoid being swept. Fortunately, the Braves have Julio Teheran toeing the rubber against Bartolo Colon, so the Mets may want to hold off breaking out the brooms just yet.