After the start to a season that made 100 losses feel inevitable, some wins are more fun than others. This seemed like a loss before it started. Bartolo Colon for the Mets, but Ryan Weber for the Braves. Weber didn’t do anything to erase the fears as he gave up a 2-run homer to Asdrubel Cabrera in the second. Another homer, this time by Rene Rivera, made it 3-0, but the Braves came back as they have been able to do often in the second half of this year. Backup catcher Anthony Recker hit a screaming liner for an opposite field home run, and Matt Kemp then tied it up with a sac fly in the 8th.
But after Brandon Cunniff, inexplicably, started his second inning of work, the Braves made big plays. Kemp, in the bumbling, stumbling way that only he knows, robbed, it appears, Yoenis Cespedes of a home run, keeping a ball in play that seemed to be leaving the yard.
In the 9th, Jace Peterson led off with a single. After Dansby Swanson was knocked to the ground by a brush-back pitch, he hung in there for a sac bunt. Emilio Bonifacio, surprisingly, moved Peterson to third on a flare single to left, and our man Ender Inciarte tapped a grounder past the pitcher to score the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the 9th, Jim Johnson struggled. A single to Brandon Nimmo and Travis d’Arnaud brought Cespedes back to the plate. This time, he hit a ball that was undoubtedly destined to the leave the yard, but Inciarte pulled off a game-ending, home-run robbing catch that had shades of Otis Nixon’s Catch against the Pirates.
What a game!