Game Recap: Mets 4 – Braves 3

Curtis Granderson is still 4-for-his-last-43, but hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning, as the Mets beat the Brave 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.



Need to Know: Granderson went 0-6 on the day, but came through when it was needed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who walked to start the inning, was moved over by a Ruben Tejada sacrifice. The Braves intentionally walked Eric Young Jr. to set up a double play, but both runners moved up on a wild pitch, getting Nieuwenhuis to third for Grandy’s sac fly.

The Mets bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings, including three from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Zack Wheeler started and allowed three earned runs over six innings. He walked three and struck out six.

David Wright had four singles, scoring once and driving in one. He now has an 11-game hitting streak.

Lucas Duda went 2-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He struck out two times.


What’s Next: The Cardinals come to town on Monday for a 7:10 p.m. game.




41 comments
mets69
mets69

Easter miracles 2 days in a row.... amazing... but can't get too excited.... we'll see how they do against Wainwright.... they are a very inconsistent team.... 2 up then 5 down.... we've all seen it time and time again.... so.... maybe.... but I am not getting my hopes up.... I will enjoy these 2 nano seconds of glory though.... hope this team that relies on good pitching and awesome defense shows up tonight.... that would be amazing....

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Mets are relying on errors and sac flies to score runs? Sure, a win's a win, but this lineup is beyond feeble.


Here's a start to fix things: Steven Drew. Now. Even 12 dingers and 50 RBI, which Drew approximately had last season, would make him just about the number three "slugger" on this time. Let's get real...let's get some real ballplayers.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

It was a good win in the sense that it got the Mets back to .500 as they come into a very, very difficult series with the Cardinals. I keep on saying this but the one thing that continues to make the 2014 Mets so far an intriguing team for me is that they are 9-9 and really have played lousy baseball for the most part. The bullpen is pretty much an unpredictable mess (yes I am aware some of the guys have pitched well) and their offense is a schizophrenic singles machine. So being the eternal optimist I am going to say that being 9-9 is amazing and they could be fun to watch when they actually start playing well. 


I am not saying the Mets are a good team this year, but I will say that good teams find ways to win games even when they aren't playing well. That is something the Mets of the past few years haven't been able to do and something I am noticing they are doing in the very early stages of 2014. 


snarkerttack
snarkerttack

I'd be worried if I were Grandy. Abreu is coming up. Normally that's a laugh but, 0 for 16.... 

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

It was nice to see Wheeler come back from a nasty inning to go 6 and put them down 1,2,3 in the 6th. DW has his swing back. I know it doesn't mean much, but maybe Grandy's sac fly will take some pressure off and get him going.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Will Terry Numbnutz be dumb enough to platoon Lagares when he gets back, and keep Granderson in the line-up everyday?

Laura Arreola
Laura Arreola

Grandy, who would have thought it? Oh, that's right... everyone that looked at his numbers over the last few years. Yet ppl were still clamoring for his signing. Why? We're so patient, we're shredding payroll, getting into position for the future... and we sign Jason Bay 2.0. huh? 

Donald Sims
Donald Sims

Lol at 'Grandy came through when it was needed' really?... and really- he got moved UP in the batting order. He should BARELY make the 7 or 8 hole. Yesterday would have been 'when it was needed'. I'm kinda thinking we might have been MUCH better off keeping Ike at first Duda in OF and using the money for a couple of relievers. But anyway lets at least put our better hitters higher in the order and keep the reasons that we're not 12-6 down in the 6-7-8-9 hole. Isn't it sad that I had to use so many batting slots.

Chris Cocaa
Chris Cocaa

Felt really bad for Grandyy today sorry man but were passionate fans

owlnut
owlnut

This was a very sloppy game. Errors by both teams (Granderson missing cut off and ball goes into Braves dugout), but the Mets were unable to capitalize on the Braves errors. Glad Granderson hit sac fly to win the game but I'm hoping this is not Bay deja vous.

mrgee
mrgee

After all that, a pretty exciting win. Imagine being a Braves fan, watching your team after all those innings and losing! To a guy who went 0-for-6. Soooooo much better on the end of the deal. Good times!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Gritty performance by Matsuzaka. Good to see him back. He showed up the haters today.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Nothing gets a team jump started more than the thrill of the extra inning sac fly winner !

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

This was a big win. The offense still has massive holes in it, but even with a few suspect pitchers on the roster I think out pitching will be good enough to keep is in games.

drzkev7
drzkev7

It seems that most fans on this blog always comment something negative(150 comments+),but when it's something good like today only a few ppl comment

nymess
nymess

9-9 at this point in the season? Pretty sure there isn't a fan out there who wouldn't have taken this record going into the season, after looking at the schedule. 


This offense needs a kick in the butt though. Wright is starting to hit, and hopefully Grandy coming through in a big spot (albeit not in ideal fashion) helps him get going. 


Also hope Flores starts hitting in Vegas forcing the Mets hand at SS, if nothing else is happening...their current situation is just not going to cut it. 

hashburry
hashburry

Still waiting on Wheeler to step it up and be more aggressive.

lindro88
lindro88

Just to put things in prospective, the Bucs fans have watched Jason Grilli give up game losing and game tying homers to Ryan Braun in back to back days. Our Mets are not the only team with bullpen issues. Nice to grab a win on Sunday.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Beggars can't be choosey. Will take the win anyway it arrives!

cosmo
cosmo

Nice job by the bullpen. also anyone know why Familia was not warming up (Garry and Ron discussed it a little)?

metsfan91
metsfan91

God help us vs the cards. Wacha and Wainwright 

yankeehater
yankeehater

All wins are good  but this one should have been won an hour and a half ago. So many wasted opportunities. They somehow have to take the cardinal series.

Gabriel Luna
Gabriel Luna

There was no one else in the world that needed that game winning moment more than Grandy. It doesn't change the fact that he's been awful at the plate but hopefully he starts turning it around after having a confidence boosting moment.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Jerry Colfer If you want to take pressure off of him put him in the 6th hole. Why is he getting more at bats than Murphy? Let Duda bat clean-up.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Laura Arreola This contract will haunt us for the next four years just like Bay and Castillo's did. And the front office will use it as an excuse not to sign any more high priced free agents. The fact is, the Mets could have signed Peralta, Byrd and Cruz for less money than they did for Granderson, CY and Colon.  You would think with THREE GMs they could have figured out Granderson was finished.

evolution
evolution

@owlnut  It was a sloppy game, but 2 of the braves errors lead to 2 Mets runs...how exactly is that not capitalizing?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@mrgee After all that though the Braves still took 2 out of 3 in the series and have the 2nd best record in the NL and 3rd best in MLB. So it's not too bad to be a Braves fan right now. I'm sure every Mets fan would want to switch places with them.

nolrog
nolrog

A win is a win.  I'll take em any way we can get em.


That said, even though Grandy won the game with a sac, he was still 0-6 on the day.  Would have loved to see him crack one over the outfielders head.


ken1010
ken1010

@Chris Lyons  Well then, if you're a Mets fan I'm fine if your brother pitches well, and then the Cardinals bullpen blows the game.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

He was pretty good today, that was a weird 6th inning...it doesn't let him off the hook but it's good he didn't fall completely to pieces.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

I'm sure you meant to say, "God help the cards."   :-)

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Gabriel Luna I don't think he will. I think he is finished. I think Citifield is too big for him. Remember he hit 43 homers, but batted only .232. Take 10 homers out of the equation and he is hitting under .220. Then add the psychological and frustration factor and he'll be lucky to get to .200. Horrible signing.

mrgee
mrgee

Agreed that overall they are in much better shape, but for one afternoon, I bet we frustrated the hell out of them! (and the fact that they are so "great" makes it that much worse they are just 3-3 against the lowly us)

ken1010
ken1010

His SF would have been over the outfielders head if they were in proper position, shallow enough to throw out a runner.

lindro88
lindro88

Honestly, when the Mets aren't hitting it really doesn't matter who the pitcher is. Tomorrow night the Cards are starting a mediocre lefty just up from triple A. Hopefully we get a big start out of Mejia and grab game 1.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's hardly true anymore. After all their promotions the system is relatively week.

DMMP
DMMP

@lindro88  Lyons is definitely not mediocre.  The cardinals minors and major league team (bullpen included) is full of guys that would be #3 or better pitchers on any team... except the Cards, because they are so stacked in regards to their pitching.  Lyons is nothing to sneeze at.

sylow59
sylow59

Lyons is far from mediocre. He's not a top of the rotation type, he's more of a #3. He has good movement, 5 pitches that come from pretty much the same release point, and has good location.