- R.A. Dickey- (L, 5-10) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 SO, 98 pitches (64 strikes)
- David Wright- 2-4, 2B, RBI
- Jose Reyes- 0-4
- Jason Bay- 1-4, SO
Notes: In one of the most important games of the season, the Met stepped up to the plate and looked at a called third strike. The Mets were eight games behind the Braves before this game, and now they’re nine behind after losing tonight to the Braves 4-1.
R.A. Dickey started, and had a bad third inning, giving up a Jose Constanza triple that drove in Alex Gonzalez, and a sac fly by Michael Bourn to put the Braves up 2-1. The Mets had scored in the first on a double by David Wright that drove in Dan Murphy. That was the only run the Mets would score. Dickey actually pitched exceptionally well, but Tim Hudson was slightly better. Dickey was hurt by his bullpen, who struggled AGAIN tonight. Tim Byrdak started the eighth for the Mets, allowed an infield single to Jose Constanza, and gave up a sac fly to Michael Bourn that advanced Constanza to second base. Freddie Freeman grounded into a fielder’s choice as Jose Constanza was thrown out at home, but then, Dan Uggla came up and drove in Martin Prado and Alex Gonzalez to put the game away for the Braves. That hit extended Uggla’s hitting streak to 26 games.
Just… so frustrating. Tonight was the game the Mets had to come to play. I know each game counts the same as the next, but when you’re on the brink of contention, at home, against your division rival in th middle of a stretch run, and lose… it’s disappointing to say the least. I have to give credit where credit is due. Tim Hudson was spectacular. He allowed a run in the first, but then threw six more, not allowing a run and pitching very efficiently. The Mets had pounded him this season in two starts, but he came with his A-Game and the Mets just couldn’t handle it. There is still a bg chunk of the season, maybe the Mets can make it interesting…
By the way, loved the blue jerseys!