The New York Mets finished the first half of the season suffering from the hangover of more losses than wins.Â Thursday, the resumption of the season following the All-Star break, they attempted to fight off that hangover by losing more.Â As the season unfolds we shall see if this unorthodox method works.
Oliver Perez was burned quickly by the Atlanta Braves.Â He recorded 3 outs on 5 pitches in the 1st inning, but 3 of those 5 pitches were hit hard, as each Met outfielder recorded a put out.Â In the 2nd inning, Atlanta’s Garret Anderson and Yunel Escobar hit back-to-back home runs to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
The Mets played their patent-pending version of little ball in the 4th inning to take a brief lead.Â 3 consecutive singles by Luis Castillo, David Wright and Gary Sheffield led to 1 run, an RBI groundout by Jeff Francoeur plated a 2nd, and a double by Daniel Murphy drove in the 3rd to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.Â But in the bottom of the 4th the Braves tied it up on a 2-out RBI double by Matt Diaz with a left handed hitter on deck.Â Brian McCann narrowly scored from 1st on the play as Met catcher Brian Schneider left a skosh of plate open for him to touch.
The Mets got an unexpected quality start from Perez, who finished having thrown 101 pitches over 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.Â To paraphrase SNY post game show guest host Jonas Schwartz, “anytime Ollie walks less than a hitter per inning, that’s good.”Â To paraphrase his co-host Bob Ojeda, “the Mets lost a normal game.Â There were no weird plays, they just lost.”Â So we’ve got those things going for us.
The Mets bullpen failed them.Â Pedro Feliciano (2-3) walked the 1st batter he faced and wound up the loser.Â After getting Nate McLouth to fly out to center, he was relieved by Bobby Parnell, who once again did not record an out.Â He allowed a single to Martin Prado followed by an RBI single to Met killer Chipper Jones.Â The Braves added an insurance run in the 8th for their 5-3 win.
Australian side-armer Peter Moylan threw a scoreless 8th inning for Atlanta.Â Moylan is the answer to the question “can you throw side-arm from Down-Under?”
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