It really wasn’t that close. The Mets did score the first run, a lone tally in the third, but the Braves countered with three in the bottom of the inning, McCann doubling in Chipper and Teixeira, then coming home (barely — I joke!) on a Francoeur triple. Once again, they chased the Mets’ starter before he could go five; Chipper hit a solo homer leading off the fifth, Francoeur singled in Teixeira, and McCann came home on a Blanco sac fly to make it 6-1. In the next inning, Francoeur finally ended his homerless string with a two-run shot to make it 8-1.
Jair Jurrjens cruised most of the night, allowing just five hits, though just striking out one. He allowed a second run that was truly unearned in the seventh: Infante (playing for Escobar, out of action after Church’s dirty play last night) pulled a Prado, then Chipper couldn’t field a ball through the haze of broken maple bat, leading to an error, then Infante threw a possible double-play ball about five feet to Teixeira’s left.
After the first two reached in the bottom of the inning, Scott Schoenweis hit Chipper in the shin with a pitch. It was the second hit batsman of the night and the fourth of the last two games, and Chipper had to leave the game for a pinch-runner. Teixeira followed with a bases-clearing double to make it 11-2, but at some point someone has to stop the Mets from hitting Braves players, and if the umpires won’t do it it’s up to the pitchers.
Jeff Bennett had a perfect opportunity with Wright leading off the eighth, but didn’t; Wright singled, and eventually two Mets scored to make it 11-4. Radar Gun Resop pitched the ninth without incident.
The Braves had fourteen hits and eight walks in all. Francoeur missed the cycle by the double. Albert Hall lives. (Seriously, I think Albert Hall would disappear completely from the world’s consciousness if a Brave ever does hit for the cycle again. It’s almost as pathetic as the Mets’ lack of no-hitters. Almost.) He joined Teixeira and McCann with three hits each. Generally, if you have three hitters in a row with three hits in a regulation game, you’re going to score some runs; when the hits include three doubles, a triple, and a homer, along with a HBP and a walk, you’re probably going to score a lot of runs. On the negative side, Kotsay was 0-6 (ouch) and Bobby keeps hitting Infante leadoff when he plays.