Julio Teheran did not have his best stuff, but he made what he did have count. An RBI double to Asdrubal Cabrera in the 3rd was all the damage the Mets could muster against him. He only recorded one strikeout on the night, but he also only allowed five hits. He retired 15 of his last 16 batters and put his team in an excellent position to win.
For the first five innings the Braves offense could get nothing going to help out their pitcher. Then a mini offensive explosion in the 6th and 7th reversed the tide and gave the team just enough runs to win.
Inciarte and Garcia singled with one out in the 6th, and Freddie walked to load the bases. Kemp followed with an RBI blooper to center field, which the Mets defenders conveniently watched drop between them. Markakis then coaxed a bases loaded walk for the second run of the game, but that was all the Braves could muster that inning.
Even though they had a one-run lead, the Braves offense did not go into hibernation mode. Swanson led off the 7th with a base hit, and Inciarte followed a Teheran strikeout with another base hit of his own. Garcia then hit a no-doubter into the left center field stands to put the Braves up 5-1.
The Braves ended up needing every one of those runs, when Jose Ramirez relieved Teheran in the 8th and had to be relieved himself after giving up two runs and only recording two outs. His third run came around to score after he left the game, but the Mets comeback stopped there, and the Braves eked out the 5-4 win.
Of note on the evening, Freddie’s on-base streak has now reached 40 games, and his hitting streak now stands at 24. Kemp’s 6th inning RBI puts him at 100 RBI for the season. He’s done a lot better in a Braves uniform this season than I originally expected him to.
This offensive wave the Braves have been on recently has been fun to watch. As wretched as this season has been, it has had its enjoyable moments that have saved it from being a total loss, and a win like this against the Mets on my birthday goes a long way in my book toward redeeming the season as a whole. I have an almost affectionate opinion of this team at the moment.
Let’s keep playing spoiler. It’s kind of fun.