Game 1: Bravos 4 Metsies 2
Tommy Hanson vs R.A. Dickey, there was just too much MMMM Bop from Hanson and the Bravos in this one.
The Mets are now 4 games back. Damn you Atlanta!
Pagan led off for the Metsies and Reyes batted 2nd...
Chipper Jones was a late scratch and that evil Infante took over the 3rd base duties tonight. And unfortunately his impression of Larry is really really good.
SO I remember a series at Citi Field earlier this year where the Mets swept the Braves. A Braves team that kind of sucked. And wow how things have changed since April. The Braves are currently dominating the NL East and I fear there is no stopping them.
The Mets just had no fight tonight and that was hard to watch. Once R.A. Dickey gave up back to back homers to Cabrera and Infante in the top of the 7th it was clear the Mets had thrown in the towel. For so much of this season the Mets have shown they never give up. And I hate to say this but really against Atlanta tonight I just felt they didn't fight back at all. And this series is oh so important. The Mets had the opportunity if they had won tonight and the next two days to be tied with Atlanta as the leaders of the NL East going into the all star break. I wanted a sweep oh so badly! And instead after this loss they are 4 games back and there are two more games that could go in the same direction as this one, ugh.
Let's take a quick look at how these runs made their way onto the scoreboard. And really the booth action was nothing special tonight as well. I'm sorry to say that. Ron, Gary and Keith were just kind of boring. Except for mocking Yunel Escobar a lot they just didn't supply the funny that us fans needed. But the Escobar insults were great and I'll get to those too! Here we go!
In the top of the 1st with 1 out Melky Cabrera singled. Yeah Melky was a Metsies killer tonight. Then Infante singled. Guess what Infante was another Met assassin in this game. I actually was one of the people that felt Infante making the all star team was utter crap and well he stuck it to me in this game. Each at bat I could hear him laughing at me and well anyone who doubted how good he is. Ugh. Back to the game. So with 1 out and men on 1st and 2nd the other all star MCCANN flew out but Cabrera tagged up and he headed for third. Then Glaus grounded a ball to Reyes, it was a sure out but NOOOOOO Jose bobbled the ball, Glaus was safe at 1st and Cabrera scored. The Braves took a 1-0 lead over the Metsies. Hinske then struck out and the inning was finally over.
In the bottom of the 3rd Dickey led off with a single! Then Pagan bunt singled! Reyes who is obviously struggling during every at bat sac bunted and Tricky Dick and Crazy Horse were now on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out for Wright. And Davey sac flied, Dickey scored and this ball game was now tied at 1-1. Ike Davis then struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the 5th Infante laughed at me again for questioning his all star status and he got a 2 out single. Then Dickey walked MCCANN. Next, Glaus singled to right. Frenchy knew he had no play at home to throw out Infante, and Infante scored giving the Braves a 2-1 lead over the Metsies. BUT Francouer saw a play he could make, he got his good buddy MCCANN out at 3rd and oh yeah this inning was over! That assist of Jeff's was his 8th of the season and since 2005 he's had 78 assists. Yeah his arm is fricking awesome!
In the bottom of the 5th Dickey got a 1 out single! Yeah Dickey was killing it at the plate! Pagan then struck out but with 2 outs and with Reyes up, Hanson threw a wild pitch and Dickey advanced to 2nd. And then Reyes lined a ball right at Hinske BUT it went over his head and Reyes was safe at second with an rbi double. Dickey scored and this game was once again tied 2-2. Wright then flew out to end the inning.
In the top of the 7th with 2 outs Melky Cabrera homered. Yes I warned that this inning was the beginning of the end for the Metsies. The Bravos now had a 3-2 lead over the Metsies. Then Infante really really really laughed at me and he homered. And the Braves were now leading 4-2 over the Mets. After Infante's homer Dickey was taken out of the game. Feliciano came in and he was no help. Pedro gave up a 2 out double to MCCANN and then he intentionally walked Glaus. To remedy this situation Manuel had Dessens enter the game and he got the pinch hitter Matt Diaz to ground out and this horrible inning was finally over.
Dickey's stats tonight: 6.2IP 4R 3ER 9H 2BB 6K
119 total pitches thrown (season high)
The Mets had a great opportunity to score in the bottom of the 8th, Wright led off the inning with a single but Davis, Bay and Frenchy just could do nothing offensively at all tonight. And in the top of the 9th Billy Wagner retired Cora, Barajas and Pagan with the utmost ease. It was just too simple for Billy and Wagner looked incredible out there. And well Atlanta won and yeah that's that, ick blech ick.
But now let's laugh a little at all the comments Ron, Gary and Keith made about Escobar. They really think he sucks!
"He has the worst body language of any shortstop in the league."
"Escobar is just out to lunch."
"Escobar is just having a dreadful year at the plate and this inning."
"That was a lollipop throw!"
"That was lackadaisical lahdidah play!"
Well tomorrow is a new day and hopefully Pelfrey can return to his former winning ways! Hudson will be pitching for the Braves and he's tough but we gotta believe that the Mets will take the next 2 and head into the all star break 2 games back!
Let's go Mets!