Same Old Same Old As The Braves Rally To Deflate The Mets
Met fans you can leave now. Why read how once again, for like what seems the 1,000th time in the last 15-20 years the Atlanta Braves come from behind to beat the Mets at Citifield Monday night 2-1.
If you follow Mets vs Braves you know the history. Seems like the same old story, with some different names, but same results. Atlanta scores 2 in the 9th, rallies, beats the Mets 2-1 and ends the game in spectacular fashion in doing so.
How many times have the Mets left runs on the table against Atlanta? Too many to count. David Wright's failure to get home a run in the bottom of the 8th, with a man on 3rd and 1 out stands out. Wright struck out and the Mets didn't score. They led 1-0 going to the 9th but this horror show has been viewed many many times.
Instead of John Franco or Armando Benitez this time it was Bobby Parnell. It wasn't Chipper Jones or Terry Pendelton or other Met killers wearing Atlanta uniforms. This time it was Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson and Reed Johnson. Does it matter? They are wearing Brave jerseys which means they will kill the Mets.
McCann started the rally by bleeding a single through an infield that was in major shift mode toward the right side. You just knew it was not gonna end well after that single. Chris Johnson tied the game with a fielders choice to David Wright, and then Reed Johnson, yes the Reed Johnson slaps a 2 out single to center and Atlanta caps off their rally. However as is the way with this 1 sided rivalry, Met fans had to feel more pain in a painful loss.
In the bottom of the 9th, Ike Davis struck out meekly ( what else is new) before the Mets started stirring the pot. John Buck was hit by a pitch by the great closer of the Braves, Craig Kimbrel, who struggled in the rain. Juan Legares then struck out after a nice at bat and he was taken down by a sizzling fastball out of the strike zone.
However the Mets and the pain for Met fans was just starting. What else would you expect. Omar Quintanilla worked a walk off Kimbrel who was fussing with the rain and his control. However what happened next was a dagger that won't soon be forgotten.
With 2 outs, 2 on, and a chance for a great rally and victory, Jason Heyward, just back from the DL, said not so fast.
Justin Turner, himself just back from a stint on the disabled list, hit a fast falling drive to center. From nowhere, Heyward made a spectacular diving and sliding stab of the ball inches from the ground and that ladies and gentleman was the ball game. Heywards catch looked like Tommy Agee in the 69 World Series vs Baltimore. It was that amazing. Ball game over. Hopes of a surprising rally off arguably baseball's best closer over, and any chance of getting back into the playoff chase probably over as well.
A Met win pulls them to within 9 games with 3 left in this huge July series. Instead they wake up, kicked in the head and 11 games back.
Ok fellow Met fans I am done with this story but preparing for tomorrow's story and how to recap what will probably be another bitter loss to the bleeping Braves!!!!!