Dillon Gee and Jair Jurrjens were locked in a pitchers' duel until the bottom of the seventh inning. Gee didn't strike out many Braves, but he scattered four hits and two walks to throw seven scoreless innings.
It looked like Jurrjens wasn't going to crack, but with one out in the seventh, Alex Gonzalez committed a crucial error on a ground ball by Jason Bay. The Mets took advantage.
With the Braves playing him to hit the other way, Josh Thole ripped a double to right field to move Bay to third. Ruben Tejada's jersey was nicked by a pitch to load the bases, and Jason Pridie was called upon to pinch hit. His rib eye single put the Mets on the board.
The Braves turned to Scott Proctor, and Jose Reyes tripled to right field, scoring all three runners with ease and putting the Mets comfortably ahead. Justin Turner hit a sac fly to center, barely caught by Joe Mather, and the Mets were up 5-0.
Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak combined to pitch the final two innings of the game, and they both succeeded. Beato did have some trouble hitting the strike zone, but the results were fine by me.
Jose Reyes' value to the team and the excitement of watching him play cannot be understated. Jason Pridie's huge pinch hit cannot be ignored, but Reyes really put the game out of reach tonight with his bizillionth triple of the year.
With the series even, the rubber match will be tomorrow at 8:05 pm with the ESPN K Zone distracting everyone who's watching on TV as R.A. Dickey and Tim Hudson are set to pitch.
Big winners: Dillon Gee, +41.4% WPA, Josh Thole, +22.3% WPA, Jason Pridie, +13.8% WPA
Big losers: Angel Pagan, -10/3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Josh Thole double in the seventh, +15.41% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Dan Uggla lead off double in the fifth, -8.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +42.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: +7.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Jason Pridie
Nice job by freakystyler; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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