Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in a heartbreaking ninth inning, recording his fourth blown save and fifth loss of the season. With runners two on in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Turner lined out to a diving Jason Heyward to end the game.
Dillon Gee started for the Mets and flirted with a no-hitter. Freddie Freeman broke up the bid with a leadoff single in the seventh inning. His final line: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K. LaTroy Hawkins followed tot pitch a scoreless eighth inning.
The Braves gave the Mets a little help in the fourth inning when Justin Upton misplayed a Marlon Byrd line drive , which ultimately turned into a triple. Ike Davis promptly singled Byrd home, scoring the only run for the Mets.
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Dillon Gee wasn't exactly dominant or spectacular, but he just kept getting outs. He was the beneficiary of some good defense behind him, including this play by Omar Quintanilla in the sixth inning, but that doesn't take away from what he did. When Gee is in rhythm the game just has a very good flow to it. I can't really explain it in a more articulate way.
This was a fun game until the ninth, where things really took a bad turn for the Mets. A series of head-scratching events led to a heartbreaking loss. Firstly, I am not a fan of the overshift. It may work on guys like Adam Dunn, but Brian McCann is a good hitter and is capable of taking an inside-out approach. If the defense is playing straight up, his leadoff single is instead a groundout to the shortstop. Allow me to digress and clarify that I do not claim a higher baseball IQ than anyone in the dugout---that would be silly. Instead, let's just call it a difference in opinion and coaching style.
Just when it looked like the Mets might get out of a jam, John Buck's passed ball allowed runners to move up to second and third with one out. This is the ultimate blow because Chris Johnson's subsequent RBI groundout would've been an inning-ending double play. I know the official scorer will tell you that you can't assume a twin-killing, but that was tailor-made; a double play is almost a certainty.
Bottom line: With some good fundies, this is a victory for the Mets. What separates the pros from the amateurs is the ability to rebound from a loss like this and come back strong the next night.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets continue their four-game series with the Braves tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79) taking on Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) at 7:10 PM.