Game 136: Loss

Braves 5 Mets 0

When was the last time a team one-hit an opponent, then was one-hit the next day? Elias? Anyone?

Ugh … what an awful day …

Steve Trachsel led the way in awfulness, only going four innings and giving up four hits, four runs and seven walks. The Mets batters were never able to catch up, as every time someone hit the ball hard, or to a hole, some Brave made a diving catch. In fact, there were so many magnificent defensive plays that ESPN temporarily changed the name of their “Web Gems” segment to “The Braves”.


If not for David Wright, Chuck James (!) would have no-hit the Mets.

The silver lining: You Can Ring my Bell. Royce Ring and Heath Bell combined for nearly four innings of scoreless relief, giving up only one hit and throwing 45 pitches. Not bad for the next great ROOGY-LOOGY dynamic duo.

Roberto Hernandez, however, gave up a run for the second consecutive evening. This time, though, it didn’t mean nearly as much. The Mets had no chance against the bionic fielders.

Tuesday evening has John Smoltz vs. Dave Williams … and Oliver Perez is tentatively slated to throw on Wednesday, giving Tommy Glavine an extra day of rest. This is looking like it might be a Braves sweep.

The good news is, if someone told you in April that the Braves would sweep the Mets in this September series, and it wouldn’t even put a dent in the Mets’ lead over them, you’d be damn happy and a lot more relaxed from May through August. (You might also sell your seats for the games for top dollar, back then.)

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