Edwin Diaz made a winner out of those who had “Game 2” in the pool predicting when he would blow his first save of the season, as he failed to close out a lead. The Braves tacked on more with the dreadful new extra inning rules and emerged with a 5-3 win Saturday.
After a mammoth shot by Freddie Freeman went foul on Friday, Diaz was unable to avoid the gopher ball on Saturday, as he gave up a game-tying homer to Marcell Ozuna. Then Hunter Strickland, who made the roster because he wasn’t Tyler Bashlor, reminded everyone that he was a guy with a 5.55 ERA last season, as he gave up hits to three of the four batters he faced. He allowed three runs before Drew Smith came on to clean up the mess.
The blown save by Diaz took a win away from Steven Matz, who allowed just two hits and a walk over six innings.
Luis Rojas, who earned accolades for his moves on Opening Day, came up with a mostly different batting order as the Braves started a LHP. The top three starters in the order went 1-12, although Jake Marisnick came on for defense and delivered a hit in two at-bats in the second spot in the order. Meanwhile the seventh and eighth hitters combined for five hits.
The Mets look to take the series with a win in the finale that will be ESPN’s Sunday night game.