Gut Reaction: Braves 4, Mets 3 (10 INN) 9/10/16

The Mets jumped out to the early lead but could not make it stand up, as they fell to the Braves in 10 innings, 4-3, Saturday night in Atlanta.

Dansby Swanson led off the 10th with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a single. It looked like the Mets might get out of it, as the next batter fanned and with New York utilizing five infielders, the next batter popped up to shallow left. But Adonis Garcia ripped one up the middle for the game-winning hit.

The Mets scored two runs in the top of the first inning, without the benefit of a hit. A walk, two errors and a fielder’s choice led to a quick 2-0 lead.

Bartolo Colon couldn’t make the lead stand up. He gave up solo runs in the first and fourth innings. And after the Mets re-took the lead in the fifth, he gave up the tying run in the sixth.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer to put the Mets up, 3-2.

New York had a chance in the eighth inning. Wilmer Flores hit a two-out ball to center field that just missed going out. He ended up with a double. The Mets chose not to pinch run for him and Flores was thrown out at the plate after a pinch-hit single to RF by T.J. Rivera. It was a poor send, especially given how slow Flores is. And to add injury to the mix, Flores was banged up at the collision at the plate and left the game.

It was a game that the Mets easily could have won and the loss was made more painful with a win by the Cardinals and a big late lead by the Giants.

8 comments for “Gut Reaction: Braves 4, Mets 3 (10 INN) 9/10/16

  1. Eraff
    September 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Pinch Runner for Flores… He loses a step in his lead, a step on his jump…astep because of his general baserunning, and a step because of his speed.

    he lost by a step and a half.

  2. NYM6986
    September 11, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Terry Collins answer that he got distracted setting up his pitching is inexcusable. He had a full bench with many faster runners than Flores. If they fail to make the playoffs look for Tuefel to lose his job. He has done poorly sending runners knowing their lack of speed. If you want to see focus look at Dodgers Dave Roberts who pulled a pitcher throwing a perfect game because he was thinking bigger picture. I like Terry Collins and if the mets fall it is certainly not his doing. But stupid mistakes like not running for Wilmer with so many quicker options might come back to haunt him.
    Fingers still crossed with 20 games to play. #LGM #wintheserieswiththebraves

  3. September 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I don’t like the matchup game but I think this is worth discussing.

    I think Jerry Blevins is a better pitcher than Josh Smoker and I think everyone agrees with that. So, why wasn’t Blevins allowed to face a righty leading of the ninth inning but Smoker was allowed to face a righty in the 10th inning with the winning run on third base?

    • TexasGusCC
      September 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Brian, very good point because Garcia has hurt our lefties in the past and a fastball can’t seem to be fast enough.

  4. Matt Netter
    September 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Garcia has emerged as a new Mets nemesis. This game was very winable but too many missed opportunities. You can’t win them all, but we really must win today. The opposing pitcher, the young right-handed Williams Perez, has a 5.47 ERA in 10 starts and has only struck out 25 batters in 51 innings. With a lineup full of lefties we should clobber this kid.

    • Chris F
      September 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      He seems to join a long list

  5. Eraff
    September 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Bruce looks incredibly out of wack…every swing looks bad.

    • TexasGusCC
      September 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Eraff, we have to get Bruce going.

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