When Turner Field is razed after the 2016 season, you can expect the Mets to ask to swing the wrecking ball. The place has always been a house of horrors for them, and Monday night was no different. They blew an eighth inning lead with three, count em, three errors to lose the game to the Braves.
Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run into the seats in right center to give the Mets an early lead.
They made it 2-0 in the second when Chris Young singled and Travis d’Arnaud brought him home with a double.
Continuing the theme, the Mets scored another run in the third, but missed an opportunity to break the game open. Ruben Tejada led off with a single. He was erased on a fielder’s choice by Daniel Murphy. Eric Campbell singled to move Murphy to second. Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. Chris Young managed a sacrifice fly to score Murphy to make it 3-0. Juan Lagares flied out to end the inning.
Meantime Zack Wheeler held the Braves hitless through three innings. They finally got on the board in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman.
Wheeler ended up going 6.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out four but he did walked five batters. Wheeler needs to improve in that area.
Jeurys Familia came on to pitch the eighth, promptly allowing singles to the first two batters. Chris Johnson then hit a comebacker for a tailor-made double play to help Familia get out of trouble. Instead, Familia bounced his throw to second and everybody was safe on the error. With the bases loaded Tommy La Stella ripped a liner up the middle. One run was going to score, but Lagares overran the ball and a second run scored on the error to tie the game at three. Christian Bethancourt hit a grounder to third, too slow for the Mets to turn a double play. They got the force at second, leaving runners on first and third with one out. Ryan Doumit walked to load the bases again. B.J. Upton struck out for the second out. Andrelton Simmons hit a chopper to Eric Campbell at third. It hit the middle of his glove and popped out. Simmons was safe and the Braves took a 4-3 lead on the Mets third error of the game. With the bases still loaded Dana Eveland walk came in and walked Freeman to make it 5-3. Justin Upton grounded out to finally end one of the worst Mets innings in recent memory.
Craig Kimbrell mowed the Mets down in the ninth to preserve win for the Braves.
Mets lose 5-3, one of the uglier loses you’ll ever see.