The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee gave up the first run of the game in the third inning on a Chipper Jones (no surprise there) double. However, the Mets bats took charge in the fourth inning putting up a four spot. Gee quickly gave away the lead when he allowed three more runs to cross in the bottom of the inning. His final line was 4 1/3 innings yielding four runs on eight hits and five walks along with four strikeouts. With the game tied in the seventh, Freddie Freeman put the Braves up a run with an RBI single. The Mets responded again with two runs in their following turn at bat for a 6-5 lead. Bobby Parnell bridged the lead to Manny Acosta, who recorded his second save of the season en route to a series win against the Braves.
How about Ruben Tejada. The kid, who is a month younger than me, went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, including a bases clearing double in fourth inning to provide the Mets with a 4-1 lead. He also capped an eighth inning rally with a tie-breaking single to give his team a 5-4 lead. Tejada is now batting .217 in the leadoff spot through six games. Better to find out now rather than later if he can replace Jose Reyes at the top of the order for 2012.
Lucas Duda also went 2 for 4 this afternoon. He launched his tenth homer of the season in the top of the ninth inning, providing the Mets with a nice insurance run heading into closing time. I can’t help but rave about Duda’s comfort in the heart of the order since the All Star Break. He really has taken this role and ran with it. He is also flirting with a .300 batting average for the season. Maybe he’ll get there with nine games left in the season.
- Ruben Tejada is batting .361 (13 for 36) during his current eight-game hitting streak.
- Tim Byrdak earned his second win of the season in relief tonight. He is pitching to a 2.89 ERA in 2011.
- Dillon Gee has allowed 49 walks in his last 17 starts. Ouch.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets open up a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Game Time 8:15 PM on SNY.
NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-12) 4.48 ERA vs. STL Edwin Jackson (12-9) 3.71 ERA