The Braves won the game, and the series, but it looks like they lost Kris Medlen. With one out in the fifth inning, leading 4-2, Medlen threw a pitch then hopped off the mound. He started holding and flexing his forearm, and as usual with a forearm injury it was diagnosed as a problem with his ulnar collateral ligament. He is getting an MRI today, and optimism is probably not warranted. A sudden injury like that sounds very much like a bad tear that will require Tommy John surgery.
As for the game, the Braves had five hits, including a double, their first time through the order, but got only one run thanks to a GIDP and a pickoff, and cries of “here we go again” were heard throughout the south. The one run came on a two-out double by McCann in the first, scoring Jones from first. The Mets tied it up in the second, as seems to happen an awful lot to Medlen (the broadcast noted that his ERA was over five in innings after the Braves scored) with a two-out rally in the middle of which was another walk to Jeffy. In the second, Reyes led off with a double, was sacrificed to third, and came home on a groundout in just the way that the Braves have been unable to do.
The home run ball showed up in the bottom of the third, though, as with two out Chipper and McCann hit back-to-back homers to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. It stayed that way until the sixth, when Mike Dunn, who came in to relieve Medlen, reached on a two-base error by Reyes (I thought it should have been a hit and an error, Dunn really made it fast up the line). Omar Infante, of course, couldn’t get him to third, and Heyward‘s groundout therefore didn’t score a run. But Chipper walked and McCann hit his second double of the game, scoring Dunn, though Chipper didn’t make it home this time. Hinske was intentionally walked (?!?) and Diaz was hit by a pitch, making it 5-2.
Moylan relieved Dunn with two out in the sixth after back-to-back walks and got Jeffy to fly out on the first pitch, as God intended. The Met defense completely imploded in the bottom of the inning, committing three errors — one each by Reyes, Ike Davis, and Wright — and the third of these, with the bases loaded, scored two runs, Melky and Omar. Omar in turn made a mindblowingly stupid error in the seventh (throwing a ball away trying to make an almost impossible force play at second with one out and a five run lead, and one runner on) leading to a run to cut it to 7-3.
Saito pitched the eighth, allowing a single but getting a double play to erase the runner, then striking out Jeffy. Melky homered in the bottom of the inning to get the lead back to five. Bobby brought in Farnsworth, who would never blow a five-run lead; after a single and a walk got Wagner up and throwing, Farnsworth finally finished the inning.