I like beating the Mets, and Steve Trachsel really annoys me so I really like beating him. Beating him when Willie Randolph left him in after 100 pitches in his second game back is great.
The Mets took a lead in the top of the first when Thomson allowed a single followed by a double to Beltran — that man again. But Giles and Chipper hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the inning to tie it up. It stayed that way for awhile. Thomson was able to hold the Mets to singles, and not enough of them, in the second and third, and got the last eight men he faced.
Leading off the fourth, Andruw hit his 45th homer (just two behind the franchise record) to give the Braves a lead. They couldn’t build on it (another LaRoche GIDP didn’t help). Kyle Davies relieved Thomson after five and… well, he wasn’t great, but he kept them off the board, thanks to Francoeur. He allowed a two-out double in the sixth but got out of it. He loaded the bases and went 3-1 on Beltran with one out in the seventh, but Beltran flew out to shallow right and the kid easily threw him out at the plate.
Blaine Boyer finally pitched in the eighth, but finally cracked a little. He got the leadoff man, but then walked Wright (understandable) and Minky hit a weak little grounder through the hole, first and third. The next hitter hit a fly to center, and this time Andruw couldn’t quite get the runner.
Chipper picked the Braves up. One out, home run, 4-2. Farnsworth allowed a leadoff single, but got two popups and a strikeout of Beltran to end it.
The Natspos beat the Marlins. The teams are respectively 6 1/2 and 7 back now. The Mets fall to 8 1/2. The Phillies play tonight. Tomorrow night, Smoltz-Pedro.