Friday, September 17, 2010
Game 148: Braves @ Mets
By Matt Ehalt
9:46 p.m.: The Mets four-game win streak is over. Billy Wagner shuts down the Mets in the ninth and New York loses 6-4 and falls to 74-74. Niese loses for the fourth time in his last five starts, while Hanson wins for just the second time in 14 starts. Thanks for reading.
9:32 p.m: The Mets are going to have to win in a walkoff. It's 6-4 Atlanta entering the ninth.
9:12 p.m.: Mets waste a pinch-hit double from Nick Evans, and trail 6-4 going to the 8th inning.
9:04 p.m.: The Braves make the call to the bullpen, as Jonny Venters is replacing Hanson. We go to the bottom of the 7th.
8:55 p.m.: The Mets still trail 6-4 as we head to the 7th.
8:25 p.m.: Lucas Duda gets his second hit of the night, a home run to nearly the same spot Heyward hit his to make it a 6-4 game. Niese has been pinch-hit for by Mike Hessman in the bottom of the fourth here. We go to the fifth, Sean Green is in.
8:17 p.m.: Things just got out of hands quickly. Niese walks Tommy Hanson to load the bases, and Omar Infante follows with a chopper down the third base line that squeaks by a diving David Wright to make it 3-3. Heyward then clobbers a home run to right off the subway sign on the Pepsi Porch and it's 6-3 Braves.
8:11 p.m.: The Braves finally crack through with a run. A throwing error to second base by David Wright on a fielder's choice by Matt Diaz prolongs the inning, and Melky Cabrera singles in a run to make it 3-1.
7:58 p.m.: For the first time tonight, Jon Niese has to work himself out of a jam. He walks Omar Infante with two outs, and then gives up a single to Jason Heyward, who reaches second when Carlos Beltran throws to third. Niese works out of it by retiring Martin Prado to end the frame. 3-0 going bottom three.
7:43 p.m.: The Mets strike first and in a big way. Ike Davis works a walk and moves to third when Josh Thole singles to right-center. Davis then scores when Lucas Duda singles to left. Thole later scores when Jon Niese bloops a single to left field to give the Mets a 2-0 edge. Jose Reyes follows with a single to right field past the diving glove of Derrek Lee and it's 3-0. Going to the third.
Braves manager Bobby Cox has aloso been ejected from the game for arguing after Davis' at-bat. It was unsure what his argument was.
7:04 p.m.: Angel Pagan has been scratched from the game because of family issue. Chris Carter is in right field instead and still batting second.
6:17 p.m.: Lineups
Jose Reyes SS
Angel Pagan RF
Carlos Beltran CF
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Josh Thole C
Lucas Duda LF
Ruben Tejada 2B
Jon Niese LHP
Omar Infante 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Martin Prado 3B
Derrek Lee 1B
Brian McCann C
Matt Diaz LF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Melky Cabrera CF
Tommy Hanson RHP