Beltran Homers Twice, Mets Scalp Braves 6-4

Game Summary

The Mets got off to a terrible start, falling behind 3-0 to the Braves after two innings. But somehow, starter John Maine dug deep down and found the edge to stop the bleeding long enough for the Mets to comeback thanks to three 2-run homers and some solid work from the bullpen. The Mets beat the Braves 6-4 and Carlos Beltran seems poised for a huge season in 2009.

Mets Pitching

John Maine started and things looked bleak early on. His control was erratic and he walked a career high six batters. By the time he got out of the second inning, he had already put the Mets in a 3-0 hole. But then something interesting happened… A rejuvenated Maine took the mound in the third inning and held the Braves scoreless while his team battled back and took the lead in the sixth inning. Maine showed an incredible amount of character and earned a well deserved win. In six innings pitched he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and he struck out 7 batters. 

Rookie reliever Bobby Parnell, continued his solid season with and pitched a scoreless seventh inning to improve his 1.46 ERA. I don’t see any reason not to lock Parnell into the 7th inning role permanently. He is currently one of the top weapons in our bullpen.

J.J. Putz got touched up for a solo homerun off the bat of (who else?) Chipper Jones, but Frankie Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and the Mets got a rare win at Turner Field.

Mets Hitting

With one swing of his mighty bat, the red-hot Carlos Beltran put the Mets right in the thick of things with a 2-run homer in the sixth inning off of Javier Vasquez. He then did it again when he launched another 2-run blast in the seventh inning to put the Mets up 6-3. Beltran finished the night with two 2-run homers, a walk and 4 RBI’s. He also raised his batting average to .400 to lead the league.

David Wright is beginning to shows some signs that his month long slump is behind him. He had two hits tonight including a 2-run homer of his own. His batting average is now at .297 and is slowly creeping back up to .300 plus.

Jose Reyes only had a hit on the day, but he stole two bases for the first time this season.

Random Thoughts

The two RBIs for David Wright were the 500th and 501st of his career, making him the seventh Met to reach the 500-RBI plateau. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 15 games which matches the longest such streak of his career. In 2004 he had a 15 game hitting streak between the Royals and the Astros.

It was great to see the Mets get a gutsy performance from their starter, come from behind in the sixth inning, add on runs in the seventh, and then hand the ball to the bullpen for a save. Everything was working tonight…

Game Ball

Carlos Beltran gets the game ball and I think we should give him a standing ovation when he comes to the plate for the first time at Citi Field on Wednesday.

Up Next

This was a nice win, especially coming at Turner Field. Livan Hernandez tries to keep the streak going tomorrow.  LGM

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