|Justin Turner reaches for a grounder on the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Braves in game one Thursday (NYDailyNews.com)|
Chipper Jones went 3-9 with a home run and 3 RBIs, getting the best of Nick Schwinden in Game 1 and Dillon Gee in Game 2, helping to dropping the Mets in both games, 6-5 and 5-1.
The Bad Stuff:
- Aside from the usual gut-wrenching, Met-killing performance of ol' Larry, other things went wrong for New York in these 18 innings. Nick Schwinden picked a bad time to make his major-league debut, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.
- The Mets were still in the second game in the later innings, but Pedro Beato let it get away by surrendering 2 runs in his 2 innings.
- The team hit a combined 1-10 with RISP and stranded 15 men.
- Jason Bay is back in a hot streak: he hit a grand slam in the 1st inning of Game 1 and drove in the team's only run in Game 2.
- Jose Reyes went a combined 2-5 in both games (he came off the bench to pinch hit in the 9th of Game 1), keeping his average at .335. Ryan Braun struggled on the day and now sits 5 points back at .330.
- Another callup made his season debut: ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration, Mr. Valentino Pascucci, who had a pinch-hit single in the 8th, giving him a rare and strange-looking 1.000 batting average. He's now tied for the single-season hitting record. Think it will last?
The worst part about losing both ends of a doubleheader is that it wipes out the progress of not one but two previous days. Now, instead of 1 game back of the .500 mark, the Mets are right back at 3 games back again.
Lucky for them, they get a sort of health-spa in the midst of this crazy end-of-season stretch: the hapless Chicago Cubs make their trip to Flushing on this 9/11 weekend, and then Davey Johnson and the Nationals stop by for 4 games after that. Best case scenario: 5-2. Worst-case scenario: well, I don't like to think about that. Let's hope we're closer to 5-2.