It was a common tale for the Braves, as they put up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Their body of late inning work this year is nothing short of remarkable. Unfortunately for the Mets, it was also a common tale for them also. After Noah Syndergaard managed to keep the Braves’ bats silent, the Mets’ bullpen immediately imploded upon being summoned.
Walks were everywhere in the early part of the game, as both pitchers struggled to grip the ball due to the downpour that occurred during the first two innings. As the night drew on, Syndergaard’s command improved, but Touki Toussaint’s came and went.
It was business as usual for Touki, as he struck out six over five innings but also had to work around five walks and three hts. Luckily none of the walks came around to score, so Toussaint was able to limit the damage to two runs. The Braves’ bullpen combined to allow one run over four inning
Something to keep an eye on: after tweaking his wrist while swinging during his first at-bat, Dansby Swanson left the game as a precautionary measure due to left hand soreness. Charlie Culberson took over at shortstop.
The Mets got on the board in the third inning when Michael Conforto smashed an RBI double that was within inches of being a home run, then came around to score on a Jay Bruce RBI single.
Dan Winkler’s struggles continued, as he allowed a leadoff walk to score in the sixth inning and staked the Mets to a 3-0 lead.
Upon facing the Mets bullpen, the Braves’ offense finally got going in the seventh and stormed ahead 4-3. Robert Gsellman was greeted by Johan Camargo’s leadoff double, which was followed by Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single. After a walk to Culberson, a misplayed ball by Mets center fielder Austin Jackson loaded the bases for Ronald Acuña. Drew Smith replaced Gsellman and uncorked a wild pitch to make it 3-2, then Acuña slapped the next pitch into left to bring home Culberson and Ruiz.
AJ Minter’s seventh inning appearance could be a precursor of a revised role in the bullpen. He worked a scoreless inning, working around a walk and a single. While Adorys Vizcaino appears to be reclaiming his post as closer role, Minter’s role could be in flux now and in the playoffs.
The Mets bullpen continued to donate to the Braves’ offensive numbers in the eighth. Suzuki’s second RBI hit of the night – a double this time – brought Camargo home from first, then Ozzie Albies did this.
Just like that, 7-3 Braves.
Chad Sobotka bolstered his bid for a spot on the postseason roster, striking out two and showing a beautiful slider in the eighth. Don’t be surprised to see him pitching meaningful innings come October.
A quiet ninth inning from Vizcaino sent the Mets home.