Instead of an animal picture, I’m going to try something new and PREcap today’s game. Yes, the events will be described before they happen!
The Braves took a lead in the first. Teixeira walked with two out and McCann laced a double to left, scoring him. But after Francoeur was walked, Andruw struck out, and Orlando Hernandez two-hit the Braves over the next six innings.
Buddy Carlyle allowed the Mets to tie it in the bottom of the inning, and only a sliding catch by Andruw in center kept them from scoring two more runs. Carlyle allowed a two-run homer to Reyes with two out in the second, and was chased in the fourth with two on and another run in, trailing 4-1.
In the top of the eighth, the Braves had a chance to get back into it. Renteria walked with one out. Teixeira doubled to put runners second and third. McCann was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Francoeur swung at a pitch a foot off the plate strike three and Andruw grounded out to third. Then Yates gave up two runs to reach the final, 6-1.
If the actual game differs from this in any major details, I will recap it in the morning.