Mets Game 146: Loss to Braves
Braves 3 Mets 2
Another heartbreaker for Johan.
The Mets gave their ace a two-run lead in the fourth, and looked like it would be all he’d need against the fast-fading Atlanta Braves.
Johan Santana pitched seven shutout innings, but unfortunately couldn’t make it eight. He ran out of gas in the top of the 8th, allowing two singles to start the inning, then handed off his 2-0 lead to the Mets bullpen — and that didn’t go so well.
Scott Schoeneweis was the first to answer the call, and he allowed a third single to load the bases. Manager Jerry Manuel immediately went to Brian Stokes, who gave up a two-run single to Jeff Francoeur to tie up the game. Stokes remained in the game, and a few batters later, allowed the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. The sleepy Mets offense couldn’t respond, and that’s the way the game ended — yet another strong performance by Santana wasted.
Carlos Delgado went 2-for-4, the only Met with more than one hit.
The Braves left 11 men on base to the Mets’ 8.