Mets Fend Off Bad Turner Field Vibes In Game 1.
The New York Mets last night rallied from four runs down to defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-4, in a game that was almost reminiscent of the old Turner Field days. The Braves gave it to the Mets early with a Matt Kemp home run in the bottom of the second. They followed that act up in the bottom of the 5th with RBI singles by Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis to give them a comfortable lead of 4-0.
The Mets looked flat early, as they couldn’t get anything going against Braves starter Julio Teheran. Their first true threat in the first inning with the bases loaded and one out was nullified by a Wilmer Flores double play. Teheran would go on to stymie the Mets the rest of the way, as he has done all season, until the top of the sixth inning when Curtis Granderson would take a 92 mph fastball to right field for a two run home run. Suddenly there was hope. That would be Teheran’s last inning of work and the Mets would put a stop to his scoreless inning streak against them at 29.
In the top of the eighth down two runs the Mets put on their rally caps and went to work. After a pair of walks and a fielding error by Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run on sacrifice fly. Curtis Granderson would come to the plate next and line a base hit to tie the game up at four. Kelly Johnson would then come to the plate and smell sweet revenge against the team that has traded him to the Mets twice in less than a season, and rip a double to score another run and put the Mets up 5-4. After an intentional walk to Jay Bruce to load the bases and a pitching change, new Braves pitcher Jose Ramirez would hit Michael Conforto with a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the Mets sixth run. That would be all she wrote.
While Jeurys Familia would find himself in a jam with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he did not fold under the Turner Field pressure as he retired the final batter Tyler Flowers on three straight strikes. The Mets escaped with a victory in one of their final three games at the stadium nobody will miss after 2016. There are still two more games to go and while the Mets hold an 8-6 record against the Braves this season, we have seen the Braves do damage in the past to the Mets postseason hopes at Turner Field. Overall the Mets are 66-105 at Turner Field and while this stadium is filled with horrible memories for the Mets and fans alike, they can leave their final stamp on the stadium with a potential sweep on their way to the postseason. That would be a way of sticking it to the stadium in their final visit.
The Mets have now won six straight, as well as 15 of their last 19 and are considered the hottest team in baseball right now. They will send their rock Bartolo Colon to the mound tonight to face former Mets prospect John Gant who the Braves acquired for Kelly Johnson last season. Big Sexy will look to help the Mets take another series on their magical postseason run and put to rest their Turner Field demons.