The New York Mets came down to Georgia in first place, 3.5 games ahead of the third place Braves.
The Braves are still in third place. The Mets are no longer in first.
The Braves swept the three game series, winning the finale behind the best Julio Teheran outing in memory. The erstwhile ace of the Atlanta staff pitched seven innings, yielding a single single, two bases on balls and fanning four. Julio threw only 78 pitches.
Julio Teheran’s night was at an end, Fredi opting to use Pedro Ciriaco — not Jonny Gomes, thank you, Fredi — to hit for Julio. Pedro broken-bat-blooped a single in front of Juan Lagares, whose throw to the plate was up the first base line allowing Lavarnway to score. Braves lead one-zip.
The game now rested on the strong arms of the Atlanta bullpen.
Fredi Gonzalez hates Julio Teheran.
Here’s the proof: Fredi sent Nick Masset out to pitch the eighth.
But Eric Campbell doubles. Frediot’s dumb as a stump.
But there are two outs, and Fredi’s going to the pen again.
OMG! Dana Eveland! Fredi does hate Julio! What a dunce!
Miracles never cease. Eveland strikes out John Mayberry, Jr. The lead abides.
The bottom of the eighth proves something, I know not what.
Jim Johnson is in for the save, and Curtis Granderson singles. All right, JJ, you’re still the man. Juan Lagares drops a perfect bunt: runners on first and second, nobody out and the meat of the Mets lineup coming up. Doom is imminent.
Yet miracles do happen; lightening does strike thrice. Lucas Duda flies out to left, and Michael Cuddyer raps into a well-turned 5-4-3 game-ending double play.
The Braves Way works! Pitching and defense shall prevail! Bring on the Nats and the Bucs! We are in this thing! To win!