Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 4 Braves 3

This game wasn't crucial (the Braves are out of it either way) but it was a good sign that after the bullpen blew the lead the offense came back to get a run and the win. But it was a bad sign that the bullpen blew the lead.

John Maine pitched well for the second straight time against the Braves. Although those two good starts sandwiched a bad one in Cincinnati Maine is starting to pitch a little better.

Maine shouldn't have even allowed a run in this game but a fly ball to center landed in between Reyes and Beltran. After that, for some reason Maine melted down and walked the next three batters to force in a run and tie the game.

The Mets took the lead back on a home run by Marlon Anderson (he is incredible) then added an insurance run on a single by Reyes after a pinch hit triple by Milledge. Reyes was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, continuing to break out of his slump.

After a scoreless 7th by Sosa, the Mets bullpen went to work. Heilman got the first two outs but then walked Renteria and gave up a single to Teixeira so Willie went to Feliciano to face the lefty Brian McCann. McCann walked and Willie went to Mota. Mota gave up a single to Francoeur which tied the game.

But the Mets showed heart and fought right back to take the lead again in the bottom of the inning. Beltran singled, stole second and went to third on a groundout by Alou. Then Shawn Green, on Rosh Hashanah got the game winning hit.

Billy Wagner seems to have gotten his groove back, throwing a 1-2-3 inning for the save.

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