Mets Say Goodbye To Turner Field In Grand Fashion

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In the New York Mets (76-67) final game at the visiting Turner Field, they defeated the Atlanta Braves (55-88) by the final score of 10-3. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-braves/2016/09/11/449000?#game=449000,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Yoenis Cespedes led today’s offensive charge going 1-5 with a grand slam and 5 RBIs.
  • Seth Lugo pitched another marvelous game going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. He also picked up his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly.
  • James Loney was 2-4 with a solo HR and an RBI double.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-5 with a triple and 3 runs scored.
  • Kelly Johnson was 1-5 with an RBI single.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 1-4 with an RBI single.

Backed behind an early Yoenis Cespedes grand slam in the top of the third inning, the Mets rolled to an easy victory in their final game at Turner Field. After last night’s tough defeat the Mets made sure to leave one last mark on the visiting ballpark that has haunted the organization for the better part of two decades. The Mets had taken a 6-0 lead after four innings, and behind Seth Lugo’s outstanding day on the mound that would be more than enough to write off any last second Turner Field hi jinx. The Mets will now say goodbye to the ballpark with an overall 67-106 record.

And speaking of Seth Lugo how good has he been for the Mets? At one point he retired ten straight Braves before allowing a solo home run to Brandon Snyder in his final inning of work in the seventh. Lugo has now put together a 4-2 record with 2.40 ERA for the Mets this season and has been a vital piece to the teams’s late season push. With both Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz both throwing off of a mound yesterday, although not at full strength, Lugo will continue to be relied upon in the Mets rotation down this final stretch. If and when both of those hurlers are set to return, it’s going to be very tough to take Lugo out of the rotation with the way he has pitched. 

The Mets will now head to Washington in the final series of their nine game road trip, in which they have posted a 5-1 record thus far. With the Cardinals loss today, the Mets now hold the final NL Wild Card spot by half a game while facing the toughest team left on their schedule. Also the Cardinals will be opening a three game series against the best team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs so no road will be easy for either team over the next three games. The Mets were able to not let Daniel Murphy beat them back at Citi Field last weekend, so it will be interesting if they can continue that trend this week. If they are able to do that, the Mets may have good fortunes ahead in their final matchup with the Nationals this season. 

  • The Mets and Nationals will kick off their final series of the regular season tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.48 ERA) will get another opportunity in the rotation and make his third start of the season against a pitcher to be announced for the Nationals as they have not set their rotation for the upcoming series.

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