The New York Mets lost 5-3 to the Atlanta Braves Monday night at Turner Field. With a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, the Mets bullpen blew the lead, allowing four runs to score that inning, two of them before recording an out.
Young, hard throwing reliever Jeurys Familia took the loss for New York, dropping to 1-3 on the year, while Braves middle reliever Anthony Varvaro earned the win improving to 3-1. Braves star closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 25th save of the season. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was the star of the game. Freeman went 0-1 at the plate, but was walked three times and had two RBI’s including a sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk.
Before the game the Mets announced that star third baseman David Wright’s MRI had revealed no structural damage, just a bruised rotator cuff. No injections or surgery is required. Wright is expected to return to the lineup at the beginning of the next series when the Mets return home to play the Texas Rangers. It was also announced that former general manager and architect of the 1986 championship team Frank Cashen had died earlier that day. Cashen was 88.
Good start for the Mets
Right fielder Curtis Granderson led off the game for the Mets. On the third pitch of the game, Granderson blasted a shot to center for his 11th home run of the year, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Shortstop Ruben Tejada flied out to center for the first out. Second baseman Daniel Murphy followed by lining a single to left. Third baseman Eric Campbell struck out swinging and first baseman Lucas Duda grounded out to second to retire the side. The Braves failed to score in the bottom of the first.
Left fielder Chris Young singled through the hole between first and second and into right field leading off the top of the second. Centerfielder Juan Lagares popped out to second for out number one. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud then launched a double into the gap in left center, scoring Young to make it 2-0 New York. Mets starting pitching Zack Wheeler struck out swinging and Granderson flied out to left to retire the side. Atlanta did not score in the bottom of the second.
Ruben Tejada started the top of the third with a line drive to left that fell in for a single. Daniel Murphy grounded a ball to short. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons misplayed the ball but gathered it and threw to second to force Tejada out. Eric Campbell then grounded a ball to left for a single. Lucas Duda walked to load the bases for the Mets. Chris Young then flied out to left, but Murphy scored on the sacrifice fly, extending the lead to 3-0. The Braves failed to bring home a run in the bottom of the third, neither team scored in the fourth inning, and the Mets went in order in the top of the fifth.
Crazy latter stages
In the bottom of the fifth, Braves centerfielder B.J. Upton led off with a single to left. Simmons grounded a ball to left for a single, advancing B.J. to third. Freddie Freeman flied to left for the first out but B.J. scored to put the Braves on the board, 3-1 New York.
Left fielder Justin Upton, B.J.’s brother, then grounded into a double play. Simmons was out at second and Justin was out at first, ending the inning. Both teams failed to score for the next two innings, and the Mets did not bring home a run in the top of the eighth.
Jeurys Familia entered to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Mets. Justin Upton led off by lining a single to right. Right fielder Jason Heyward followed by lining a single to center. Third baseman Chris Johnson grounded a ball back to Familia. Familia turned to start what should have been an easy double play.
Familia instead threw low to Ruben Tejada and everyone was safe. With the bases loaded, second baseman Tommy La Stella singled to center. Justin Upton scored. Juan Lagares overran the ball, which allowed Heyward to score tying the game 3-3.
Catcher Christian Bethancourt grounded a ball to third. Eric Campbell fielded it and threw to Daniel Murphy who forced La Stella out at second. Bethancourt was safe at first without a throw. Backup catcher Ryan Doumit pinch-hit for Anthony Varvaro and walked to load the bases. B.J. Upton struck out looking.
Andrelton Simmons hit a bouncing ball to third. Campbell tried to bare hand the ball but dropped it. Campbell grabbed it and threw to first but pulled Lucas Duda off the bag and Simmons was safe. Johnson scored to give the Braves a 4-3 lead.
Familia was pulled having allowed four runs (only one was officially earned) in just 2/3’s of an inning. In came Dana Eveland to face the dangerous Freddie Freeman with the bases still loaded. Freeman walked to force home Bethancourt to make it 5-3 Atlanta.
Justin Upton up for the second time in the inning, grounded to third. Campbell threw to second forcing Freeman out to end the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to end the game.
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