Stop me if you’ve heard this one: HA-HA!!!
In each of the first two innings, the Mets scored two runs while the Braves scored one, and it stayed 4-2 for some time. Klinger Parr has gone from a 0.00 ERA to useless in record time. He was lifted with two out in the second, having allowed four runs on four walks and four hits, and threw more balls than strikes. Carlyle finished the inning and it was up to the bullpen from there. They did a good job this time.
The hitting star was Jeffy, who had two doubles and a triple. The triple was the big blow, bringing in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Slugging Third Baseman Martin Prado also had a big day, with three hits, and hit a two-run double later in the inning to make it 7-4. They needed the extra runs, as Gonzalez allowed a two-run homer to Lazarus in the ninth. On the other hand, he struck out the side. No halfway measures with this guy. Jorge Julio got the win. (I can’t just call him “Julio”, it seems wrong somehow.)
Chipper was available to pinch-hit, and did, but was intentionally walked. Pujols was 0-3 and was switched out of the game late; he may have an injury. At any event, Chipper now leads the batting race by thirteen points and the OBP race by fourteen.
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