Mets 5, Braves 2

Posted: April 23, 2010 in Mets, Odds and Sods

All of a sudden, the New York Mets are playing pretty good baseball. Starting with the 20-inning marathon, New York has won five of seven games, including tonight’s 5-2 victory over the division rival Atlanta Braves. The Mets have pulled to within a game of .500 at 8-9.
Everyone who reads the blog knows I’m not a fan of Jerry Manuel’s, but at least for one night, his lineup shakeup worked pretty well. He moved dynamic leadoff hitter Jose Reyes to the third spot, dropping David Wright to the No. 5 hole. Angel Pagan led off, with Ike Davis moving to the sixth hole and Jeff Francoeur to No. 7.
Reyes responded with a pair of hits, Bay drove in a run with a triple, and Wright knocked in a pair with a single and sacrifice fly. Oh yeah, Davis launched a 450-foot bomb for his first major-league homer.
John Maine, despite having decreased velocity yet again, looked pretty good early but left with an injury to his non-pitching arm with two outs in the fourth. Hisanori Takahashi did an amazing job in relief, tossing 3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven. Raul Valdez coaxed a key popout from Chipper Jones, Pedro Feliciano worked a scoreless inning, and Francisco Rodriguez gutted out the ninth for his second save in as many nights.
The Mets try to reach .500 for the first time since they were 1-1 when Jon Niese opposes Jair Jurrjens at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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