Julio Teheran was betrayed by a shaky bullpen and some shaky defense as IWOTB fell 6-4 to the Mets last night.
The game started off poorly, as Teheran loaded the bases in the top of the first with one out, but he managed to wriggle off the hook by getting Wilmer Flores to ground into a double play to escape with no damage. A Matt Kemp solo shot leading off the second gave Our Heroes a 1-0 lead. After his first inning adventure, Jome Julio tagged in for Shaky Julio, and he was Open For Business. The only Met to reach was Curtis Granderson on a 4th inning walk until the 6th.
In the top of the 6th, Julio got Yoenis Cespedes to a quick 0-2 count, but as Cespesdes attempted to call time, the umpire didn’t grant it, and he drove the next pitch straight back up the box, and nicked Julio in the elbow, for only the second Met baserunner since the first. Grandeson followed that with a two run bomb, and Julio had just surrended his first runs to New York in his last 29 2/3 innings.
The Braves threatened in the bottom of the frame, with Jace Peterson singling to lead off, and smartly going to third on Lt. Dansby’s infield hit to third. Unfortunately A.J. Pierzynski struck out as a pinch hitter, and Ender Inciarte grounded into the DP to end the threat.
It all came a cropper in the 8th. It all started when Mauricio Cabrera walked Alejandro De Aza to start the inning. Jose Reyes then grounded to Swanson, who booted the force play at second. Asdrubal Cabrera walked, Cespedes hit a sac fly, and Granderson tied it up with a single. Kelly Johnson then showed why the Mets keep trading for him, doubling in the go-ahead run. After Jay Bruce was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jose Ramirez came in and hit Michael Conforto before striking out the next two hitters.
Atlanta did manage a hit in the bottom of the 8th with Swanson singling, and Garcia led off the ninth with a double, but could do no further damage.
John Gant hopes to show New York tonight that even Kelly Johnson wasn’t worth trading him away against everyone’s favorite Fat Pitcher – Bartolo Colon.