After playing a bunch of blowout-type games recently, the Mets played a nail-biter on Tuesday, falling to the Braves, 3-2, to even the series at a game apiece.
Tylor Megill started and allowed 3 ER in 4.2 IP, which is a 5.79 ERA. And he was incredibly fortunate to give up just the three runs. The Braves hit 19 balls fair and 10 of them had an exit velocity of 95 or greater, which is what they consider a hard-hit ball. He was throwing batting practice up there. Some will try to spin this as a good outing. It wasn’t. The most positive thing you can say is that he got lucky.
Meanwhile, the Mets got pitches to hit but couldn’t do much with their chances. They finally broke thru in the sixth inning, when Francisco Lindor led off with a double and scored on a Daniel Vogelbach home run, which made it a 3-2 game.
The Mets had another chance in the ninth inning, when Vogelbach led off with a walk and DJ Stewart followed with a single. But Francisco Alvarez hit a ball hard that Austin Riley turned into a double play and Jonathan Arauz grounded out to end the game.
Jeff McNeil had a two-hit game and perhaps should have gotten another hit, as he was called out on a very close play at first base, one the Mets did not challenge. And it was before the Vogelbach homer, too. Vogelbach had two walks and a homer, upping his season-long OPS to .731, a jump of 92 points since he returned from his 10-day break back in mid-June.
The bullpen did a very nice job, with 3.1 scoreless innings, with lefty sidearmer Adam Kolarek providing two shutout frames. The series concludes Wednesday night, with a 7:20 p.m start.