Mets Game 157: Win Over Braves

Mets 3 Braves 1

After all that Larry Jones did to the Mets in his 19-year career, the least the Mets could do in return was spoil his special day in Atlanta.

Mets Game Notes

Who are these Mets we’ve seen for the past week? Maybe with the pressure of locking up fourth place off their shoulders, the team can finally relax and “let it all out.”

Jonathon Niese pitched one of his top five outings of the year, allowing one run on four hits and three walks in a strong seven-inning performance. He made very few mistakes, and one was sent over the fence courtesy of Freddie Freeman.

However, it looked like Niese’s brilliant outing might be wasted, because the Mets couldn’t plate anyone against Tim Hudson, who was his usual stellar self. That is, until Lucas Duda battled him through an epic 9-pitch at-bat that culminated in a resounding three-run homer into the right field seats. If only Duda could battle like that, and be that focused, in every plate appearance, he’d be … Freddie Freeman?

Bobby Parnell saved the game with a clean ninth in his new role as closer — a role he’ll keep “for the rest of the season.” Good practice for next year, and/or a good way to showcase him for winter trade bait.

Next Mets Game

Game two of this series begins at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday night. Chris Young goes against Mike Minor.

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