Braves 7, Mets 5: Turner Field Power Grids Fail, As Do Mets Pitchers

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 13: Josh Thole #30 converses with Chris Young #55 of the New York Mets in the first inning after Young walked Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On the 35th anniversary of the 1977 New York City blackout, tonight's game was delayed for 16 minutes when Turner Field lost power. The lights went out with Josh Thole batting in the top of the second inning and the Mets down 2-0. If only the power had stayed off; Mets fans would have been spared watching the 11-walk, 10-hit, 2-home run performance by the Mets' pitching staff.

Chris Young started the game and more-or-less had nothing. He lasted just three innings, walking three and giving up a three-run home run to David Ross in the third inning which gave the Braves a 5-0 lead. The Mets battled back to make it 5-4 on a series of RBI base hits in the fourth inning off Braves starter Tim Hudson. However, they couldn't score in the fifth inning despite loading the bases with no outs. Scott Hairston and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both struck out and Thole flew out to kill the rally. A fresh-from-Triple-A Josh Edgin then gave up two runs in the sixth inning, including one on a solo home run by Chipper Jones. It provided plenty of cushion for the Braves' bullpen.

We knew it was over when...

Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning with the Braves winning 7-5. He allowed a one-out single to Ike Davis but struck out the other three batters he faced. Kimbrel is filthy.

What else?

The southpaw Edgin worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by striking out Juan Francisco and Michael Bourn. It was a fun debut for the 25-year-old, who will probably omit the Chipper home run when telling the story to his grandkids in 40 years.

Miguel Batista walked four in 1.1 innings of work but somehow managed not to allow a run. His K/BB ratio is now 1.07. Batista is versatile: he stinks as a starting pitcher, long man, setup man, closer -- you name it!

David Wright was on base three times, going 2-for-4 with a double and hit-by-pitch.

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 MetsFan4Decades 213
2 Terry_is_God 181
3 santana9237 151
4 cstroh8 130
5 Bagelz 113
6 dbanbahji 99
7 sp0rtsfan86 95
8 shiftynou 88
9 Syler 88
10 BlueChill 80
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