Braves Complete Sweep of Mets

The Mets tried all the could to avoid a sweep at the hands of the hated Braves, even coming back to force extra innings. But as usual, the Braves prevailed.

Chipper Jones didn’t start his final game at Citi Field. Instead, he handed out the lineup card. He later walked as a pinch hitter.

Daniel Murphy doubled with one out in the fourth — the first hit of the game for the Mets against Tommy Hanson. With two outs Ike Davis hit a grounder to Dan Uggla into the shift in short right field. Uggla was slow to field it and Murphy came around to score on the infield single.

The Braves got the run back in the fifth inning. Jose Constanza led off with a ground rule double and scored on a single to even the game. With two outs Chris Young walked two straight batters to load the bases, but he was able to get Uggla to ground out to third to keep the score tied at one.

Terry Collins made a huge mistake not lifting Young after struggling through the fifth inning and allowing him to go out for his usually fateful sixth. Brian McCann, of course, led off the inning with a home run to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

Young managed to make it through the sixth and was then removed. He allowed two runs on five hits and four walks. He did strike out seven Braves.

Murphy doubled again with two outs in the sixth and David Wright followed with a double of his own to tie the game at two.

Wright had a chance to be a hero again in the eighth, but with runners on first and third with two outs he grounded out.

The game went to extra innings with Bobby Parnell on the mound in the tenth. A leadoff infield single, an intentional walk and an unintentional walk loaded the bases with one out. McCann hit a drive to right that Scott Hairston was able to track down for a really nice catch. However the runner on third tagged up as the Braves took a 3-2 lead.

Jordany Valdespin led off the tenth with an infield single. Ruben Tejada sacrificed Valdespin to second. Valdespin stole third as Hairston struck out for the second out. Murphy walked and once again Wright had the chance to be the hero, but he popped up to end the game.

Mets lose 3-2. After winning seven of eight and threatening a strong finish, the Mets have now lost five of their last six games.


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