I'm not even sure where to really begin this recap, as the roller coaster effect of this game has me completely bewildered at the moment.
This was one of the more ridiculous Braves games in recent memory, but fortunately Atlanta managed to come out a 9-8 victor in the finale of the series.
The Braves managed to get going early and take an early lead against Mets starter R.A. Dickey. Jordan Schafer recorded one of his five hits of the night to lead off the game, singling to left field. Jason Heyward drew a walk to bring Chipper Jones to the plate. A wild pitch from Dickey moved the runners to second and third, and a grounder to first base from Chipper allowed Schafer to score. That gave the Braves an early 1-0 lead.
After working out of trouble in the first, Braves starter Mike Minor found himself in more in the third inning. Jose Reyes started the inning with a pop-up to shallow center field. Alex Gonzalez ran out toward it but ran past Schafer as he made a diving attempt at the ball. He was unable to catch it, but Gonzalez did not turn back around to see what happened until Reyes was already on his way to third base.
Justin Turner followed with a single to right that scored Reyes and tied the game at one. A Carlos Beltran double put runners on second and third, and a sacrifice fly from Daniel Murphy scored Turner to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
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Atlanta stormed right back in the bottom of the inning, as Schafer singled again to start the inning. Heyward reached on an error by Jose Reyes to put runners on first and second. Chipper Jones then stepped to the plate and crushed a home run to right center field, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead.
The Braves added to that in the fourth inning, as Eric Hinske walked to start the inning. Back-to-back singles with two outs scored Hinske to up the Braves lead to 5-2. Chipper Jones singled to left to bring in Schafer who hit one of the singles and gave the Braves a 6-2 lead while ending Dickey's night.
The lead would be short lived, as Minor struggled yet again in the fifth inning. Minor walked Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran to begin the inning. With one out, Jason Bay singled to right which scored Turner and advanced Beltran to second while cutting the deficit to 6-3.
That was the end of the night for Minor, who went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs along with three walks and three strikeouts.
The score stayed that way until the seventh, where Jonny Venters finally appeared to be a mere mortal on the mound. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Hairston. Venters managed to strike out Hairston, but the strikeout pitch got past Brian McCann, allowing Beltran to come around to score and make it a 7-6 game in favor of the Mets.
In the eighth, Angel Pagan grounded to Chipper at third and collided with Freddie Freeman at first base. Pagan never touched first, but was called safe by the first base umpire. He advanced to second on a grounder from Reyes, and scored when a throw from Dan Uggla on a potential double play was wide of Freeman at first. Pagan's run put the Mets up 8-6.
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez came in to attempt to slam the door in the ninth, but was unsuccessful. Heyward singled to bring up Brooks Conrad with one out. Conrad was pinch hitting in Chipper's spot after he left with a strained adductor. He's day to day. Conrad crushed a K-Rod pitch into the right center field stands to tie the game at eight and send it to extras.
After a scoreless top of the tenth from Scott Linebrink, D.J. Carrasco came in to pitch the tenth inning for the Mets. After Alex Gonzalez grounded into a double play, Diory Hernandez doubled down the right field line. Lucas Duda attempted to field a Jordan Schafer grounder over in the second baseman's territory, putting runners on first and third.
Up came Jason Heyward, and Carrasco balked on the second pitch of the at bat, moving both his head and shoulders. Heyward reacted immediately to the balk as it was awarded, allowing Hernandez to score from third. This gave the Braves a 9-8 win thanks to a balk-off.
Scott Linebrink got the win, while Carrasco was dealt the loss.