Mets Game 153: Win Over Braves

Mets 7 Braves 5

The Mets succeed in their starring role as spoilers, taking this weekend series from the Braves and simultaneously jumping into a tie with the Nationals for third place in the NL East.

Mets Game Notes

Not a good day for Dillon Gee, whose command continues to deteriorate while also getting more hittable with each start. Gee allowed four runs on eight hits and five walks in only 4 1/3 innings. Usually, a pitcher can’t get away with putting 13 men on base in a little over four innings.

Lucky for Gee, Atlanta’s standout starter Brandon Beachy was also having a terrible day, and also was removed from the game after allowing four runs in 4 1/3 — he put 10 runners on base in his short stint. I have to guess that both youngsters have simply hit a late-season wall, the result of not being used to the length and rigors of a 162-game schedule.

The hero of the day was Ruben Tejada, whose two clutch hits drove in four of the Mets runs. The goat was Jonny Ventners, the usually lights-out setup man who gave up the Braves’ one-run lead by issuing a bases-loaded walk to Ronny Paulino before allowing Tejada’s game-winning two-run single.

Lucas Duda had two hits, including a ninth-inning bomb over the centerfield fence against Craig Kimbrel. Nick Evans also had two hits.

Next Mets Game

The Mets move on to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals. Game one begins at 8:15 PM EDT on Tuesday night and will feature Mike Pelfrey against Edwin Jackson.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Joe September 19, 2011 at 7:55 am
    Any comment on Tim B.?