It took 12 innings, dueling bullpens, waiting out missed opportunities and overcoming a few umpire calls that didn’t go their way, but the Mets prevailed 5-3 over the Atlanta Braves. The big hit came courtesy of a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single in the top of the 12th inning. The go-ahead run was scored by you’d-never-have-guessed it Robert Gsellman, who was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The gutsy converted reliever also earned the win with two scoreless extra innings. Asdrubal Cabrera gave the Mets an insurance run with a double off the wall that scored Cespedes. Jeurys Familia closed it out with a rare 1-2-3 inning for his league leading eighth save.
The Mets pulled out this win despite some of their key hitters, including Jay Bruce (1 for 5 with a bloop hit), Cespedes (four strikeouts) and Michael Conforto (0 for 4), remaining mired in slumps and making the Braves pitchers look like it’s the 1990s again. Though they failed to hit anything over the wall, Mets did manage to draw six walks and hit five doubles, including two apiece for Cabrera and Amed Rosario, but again struggled to get the big hit with runners in scoring position all night until the 12th inning.
Noah Syndergaard started and delivered another good, but not great outing, surrendering three runs in six innings. Syndergaard struck out six and walked none, but was less than dominating against a Braves lineup that managed seven hits, including a home run and two doubles. Seth Lugo, AJ Ramos and Gsellman held the Braves in check for five sterling relief innings, before giving way to Familia.
Unsung heroes include Wilmer Flores, who delivered two hits and Tomas Nido who threw out two would-be base stealers. The series continues in Atlanta tomorrow night with Jacob deGrom taking on Julio Teheran.
Gut Reaction: Bruce is in one of the worst slumps of his career and it appears his plantar fasciitis is also effecting his play in the field where he misplayed a fly ball that sailed over his head. Given his struggles and how well both Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares have been playing, putting Bruce on the DL might be the smart play.