On a day when the wind was blowing 25-44 MPH and gave the grounds crew a fit when attempting to take the tarp off, everybody in the outfield had a fit after the Braves took the 2-inning pre-game ceremony. Each team had two hits apiece the first 4 innings, with Dillon Gee and Mike Minor settling into a nice pitcher’s duel. After Dillon got the 1st two outs of the 5th inning, however, he gave up a weak 2-out single to Chris Johnson when Lucas Duda almost made a diving catch. The ball, wind-affected, bounced into his chest after the dive. Then, Mike Minor came to the plate, and did something that was so unexpected and so out of the blue it is almost cool, sans the fact it gave a Braves a 2-0 lead and opened the floodgates, to speak clichèly. Here’s what I wrote while it happened, because I normally jot down my own play-by-play then edit accordingly:
- Mike Minor crushes it through the wind for a mammoth shot down the left field line. That was ridiculous.
- Simmons past diving Wright, Duda attempts to throw out but it’s too late.
- Heyward RBI single.
- Justin Upton down the third base line, making it 4-0.
- Freeman RBI single to right. 5-0.
- Gattis pop up behind home plate to Recker.
- Gee’s 3rd time through the lineup is still a problem.
Mike Minor settled into a legendary start (let’s face it. Got the first hit of the ballgame, broke the scoreless game with his 1st ML home run, AND a moon shot at that, and then got robbed of a base hit by Ruben’s quick hands, not to mention 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and only 2 walks. Legendary night for a Metsian opponent.) There were also wind delays. And the Braves scored more later.
Box Score and Lowlights Here.
That’s my recap. I gotta go.
Mets are now 20-450 for the season.
I’m kidding. They’re 17-29.
Just kidding. They’re 20-450.
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