Saturday marked the start of the final weekend of the season for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves who took the field for the penultimate game of the regular season on Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia.
Carlos Carrasco (1-4, 5.75 ERA) got the ball for the Mets against Jesse chavez (3-2, 2.14 ERA).
It was a tough game for the Mets and not much happened offensively early on. They didn’t collect any points until the sixth inning, with their biggest comeback attempted in the eighth and ninth in a 6-5 loss to the Braves.
It was a milestone evening for Francisco lindor who collected his 1,000th hit, a triple in the eighth.
Both pitchers got off to a good start. Chavez struck out the Mets in order early in the first and Carrasco struck out three of four hitters he faced, allowing just a two-out single to Freddie freeman that the Braves left behind at first.
Francisco Lindor’s 1,000th career hit: a triple. (Michael Conforto followed with a two-run homer.) pic.twitter.com/rkaD5AoA6J
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The Braves went to their bullpen from Drawn Smyly came to replace Chavez on the mound for the Braves in the third inning.
Things started to go downhill a bit for Carrasco in the third. After two quick outs, he gave up a solo home run to Joc pederson in the middle of the field to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Orlando arcia then doubled, followed by an RBI double from Freeman in the middle of the field to extend the Braves lead over the Mets to 2-0 in the third. A withdrawal of Dansby Swanson pulled Carrasco out of the sleeve.
Smyly gave the Mets a chance to close the point gap in the fourth as he scored two goals in the inning, but the Mets left two more stranded and continued to wrestle offensively with runners in scoring position.
Carrasco continued to crumble in the fourth as the Braves continued to roll. He dropped the first single for Eddie Rosario to open the sleeve. After taking out the next two hitters he faced, Guillaume Contreras hit a two-run homerun to extend the Braves’ lead over the Mets to 4-0. Carrasco then pulled Smyly out on holds to end the set.
Carrasco continued to struggle in the fifth. He scored two goals with one out and ceded a two-strike RBI single to Rosario at right field to extend the Braves’ lead over the Mets to 5-0 in the fifth. After a visit to the mound, Carrasco pulled Adrianza out to get out of the inning, but not before the Braves extended their lead over the Mets.
Before the sixth inning, the Braves were 5-0 against the Mets.
The Braves returned to their enclosure on the sixth floor. AJ Minter came to replace Smyly.
The Mets activated their attack as the sticks ignited in the sixth. Michel Conforto hit a single to get things going. It was followed by Pete Alonso who scored an RBI brace that scored Conforto to put the Mets on the board and reduce the Braves’ lead to 5-1. The Mets then left Alonso stranded as Minter collected strikeouts from Jonathan villar and Jeff McNeil to end the round and bring the game to seventh.
The Mets also went to their bullpen. It was Robert gsellman comes to replace Carrasco.
Gsellman got off to a rough start. He hits Guillermo Heredia to open the sleeve. After striking out the next two hitters, he gave up a single to Pederson, followed by an RBI single to Arcia that scored Heredia and extended the Braves’ lead over the Mets to 6-1. He then knocked out Freeman to get out of the round.
The Mets offense calmed down again in the seventh as Minter pulled the Mets out in order.
Brad the hand came to replace Gsellman on the mound on the seventh as the Mets returned to their enclosure. With the exception of a walk to Adrianza, Gsellman worked a good end, taking out three of the four he faced and allowing no hits or runs to come.
Dylan lee came to replace Minter on the mound for the Braves in the eighth. The Mets needed to revive their offensive life as they were down five points heading into the final two innings.
The Mets tried to go on the offensive. After a strikeout of Brandon nimmo, Francisco lindor treble, followed by a two-point home run by Michel Conforto to bring the score down to under three, making it a 6-3 game in the eight. That’s all the Mets could deliver though, as Villar made a mistake on the pitch but was left stranded. Jose peraza was called on holds in a pinch position to end the inning.
Miguel Castro came to replace Hand on the Mound for the Mets at the end of the eighth. His job was to keep the score where it was and give the offense a chance to come back in ninth. After a walk in Contreras, Castro retired Austin riley and grounded Pederson in a double play to end the inning.
The Braves went to their pen in the ninth. It was Richard rodriguez to replace Lee on the mound.
Need to make a comeback, James mccann led the set for the Mets with a double practice to right field to pitch the Mets. Guillorme lined up for the first outing of the round, but a wild throw from Rodriguez sent McCann up to the third.
Pillar Kevin then came home and landed a triple RBI that scored McCann and made it a 6-4 game as the Mets closed the gap. After a mound visit by the Braves, Nimmo hit an RBI single to right field that scored Pillar and it was quickly a one-point game.
Down by one with one out, Lindor flew to center field for the second out of the inning.
The Braves then returned to their enclosure, bringing Jacob Webb replace Rodriguez to try to get out last in the round
Webb’s exit started with a walk to Conforto to put in two with two outs as Nimmo was moved to second row. A wild throw moved the runners, pushing Nimmo to third and Conforto to second. Webb intentionally made Alonso run to load the bases. It was heavy bases, two outs in the ninth for the Mets. Villar then ended the set and the game as the Braves beat the Mets 6-5 and the Mets suffered a heartbreaking loss with one game to play in the season.
Smyly (11-4, 4.48 ERA) took the win for the Braves, Carrasco (1-5, 6.04 ERA) suffered loss for the Mets and Webb (1) collected his first stoppage of the season .
The Mets and the Braves will end the regular season on Sunday at 3:20 p.m. Noah syndergaard will take the mound in 2021 for the Mets on Sunday against Charlie morton for the Braves.
Conforto was the player of the match. He was 2-4, with a home run, walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.