Losing a game like this hurts because in all honesty, the Braves had that game won.
Derek Lowe pitched well on Monday night, going 7 innings for the first time all season. Lowe allowed on 4 hits and 3 walks in his 7 innings. There's an odd trend with Lowe as of late; whenever he pitches well, it seems like the offense fails to score runs for him. Whenever he stinks it up on the mound, the offense always bails him out to bring him the 10-8 win. I don't get it.
So if the pitching was so good, why did the Braves lose? The offense and baserunning. It was pretty awful on Monday night. They certainly had their chances, as the Braves had 8 hits and drew 4 walks off of Mets pitchers Mike Pelfrey, Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez. But when a team hits into 3 double plays, leaves 6 runners on base and goes 1-for-7 with RISP, it's tough to win.
The Mets scored first on a 2-run double from catcher Rod Barajas in the top of the 2nd.
The Braves got on the board in the 5th when red-hot Eric Hinske drilled a solo HR to RF. This is the 2nd straight game Hinske has homered and he has looked like a man on a mission the past 2 weeks.
The Mets fought back the next inning when Chris Carter grounded out to Martin Prado, which scored Jose Reyes from 3rd. This really hurt the Braves tonight. After finally getting on the board, Derek Lowe went back out there and immediately gave up a run.
The Braves played small ball in the 6th. Martin Prado led off the inning with a leadoff double down the RF line. Jason Heyward moved Prado over to 3rd with a sac-fly to right field and Chipper Jones drove Marteeen in with a deep sac-fly to CF. The Bravos trailed 3-2 after 6 innings.
The Braves failed miserably at the plate the rest of the game. Yunel Escobar hit into a 6-4-3 DP in the 7th and Brian McCann struck out in the 8th with the bases loaded. Escobar drew a 2-out walk in the 9th and stole 2nd, but Nate McLouth struck out on a high fastball to end the game.
Mets win 3-2. Frustrating game.
Good, Bad and Ugly after the jump.
1. Eric Hinske - 3-for-4, HR(2), double, 1RBI
2. Derek Lowe - 7.0IP 4H 3ER 3BB/3K
3. The Bullpen - 2.0IP 1H 0ER 0BB/4K
4. Martin Prado - 2-for-3 w/ a BB, double
5. Melky Cabrera's bunting - He might not be able to hit my grandmother's fastball, but the dude can lay a bunt down.
1. Troy Glaus - 0-for-4, 2K
2. Brian McCann - 0-for-4, 1K 4LOB
1. Hitting with RISP - 1-for-7
2. Running on the Bases - It was ugly, folks. Really ugly.
3. Hitting into 3 DPs - Heyward, Escobar and McCann all helped kill rallies tonight.
The 2nd and final game of the series kicks off tomorrow night. Johan Santana will pitch for the Mets and the 11-year old Kris Medlen will pitch for the Braves. It'll be interesting to see if Bobby keeps Eric Hinske in the lineup even against a tough lefty.
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(Thanks to GoBravesNY for posting the 2nd Game Thread.)