New York Mets Errors Cost Them Against Atlanta Braves


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New York Mets Do Themselves In With Errors Against Atlanta Braves

The start of the game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was delayed one hour and 14 minutes because of inclimate weather. The Mets must have stayed in the dugout mentally once the game started, as they committed a comedy of errors that led to the loss Friday night.

Things got off to a rocky start for the Mets, as Cameron Maybin led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off of Jon Niese. They would then compound the early deficit as Wilmer Flores committed the first of his many poor throws on the evening. That led to another Braves run courtesy of a Jonny Gomes RBI single.

It looked as though the start rattled, coupled with the delay, rattled Niese a bit as he was never able to get into a groove tonight. He was only able to work on 1-2-3 inning as the Braves constantly had men on base throughout the evening.

He did his best to keep the Mets in the game, but was once again undone by a Flores error in the third inning. Flores made yet another poor throw over to first base on a Christian Bethancourt ground ball that enabled Gomes to score on the play.

The Mets offense would then start to pickup, as they launched their first home runs of the season. First Curtis Granderson walked, setting up the two-run home run by David Wright. One pitcher later, John Mayberry hit his first of the season, tying the game up at 3.

Prior to that, Braves’ starting pitcher Eric Stults was rolling along just as he had throughout his career against the Mets. Granderson was the first Met to reach base, as Stults mowed through them the first time around the order, striking out three in the process.

Both starting pitchers were only able to make it through five innings, as Niese gave up seven hits and two walks for three runs, one earned, to go with two strikeouts while Stults finished with an almost identical seven hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts in his outing.

It would be a game of bullpens the remainder of the way, and both performed admirably. There were no base runners for either team in the sixth or seventh innings, as Erik Goeddel and Sean Gilmartin pitched well for the Mets, while Cody Martin, Brandon Cunniff and Luis Avilan did the same for the Mets.

Once again errors would do in the Mets in the eighth inning though, where the game was decided. After giving up a double to start the inning to Chris Johnson, Rafael Montero struck out Betancourt. He then induced a Andrelton Simmons ground ball that Wright inexplicably didn’t throw to first; instead he attempted to tag out Jace Peterson, who was running for Johnson, and whiffed on the tag. Simmons then moved up as no one was covering second base for the Mets.

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Montero then walked Alberto Callaspo to load the bases, followed by a strikeout of Maybin. Montero was unable to get Josh Gosselin out though, as Gosselin provided the game winning RBI with a two-out, 3-2 pitch single to centerfield.

The Mets were able to get the first man of the top of the ninth on base, as Daniel Murphy was walked by Jason Grilli, but they were unable to make anything of it. Grilli shut the door on them after, forcing a Juan Lagares fielder choice, a Travis d’Arnaud foul out to the catcher and finishing the game with a strikeout of Lucas Duda.

The Mets will look to bounce back and end the Braves undefeated streak to start the season tomorrow night. Dillon Gee will toe the rubber for the first time in 2015 for the Mets, while the Braves ace Julio Teheran will oppose him.

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