With the season long past the point of relevancy, the Mets put together a feel good walk-off win on Tuesday night, beating the Braves 4-3. It’s nice to remember what that feels like. Rafael Montero was tasked with the start against former Met R.A. Dickey in the third game of the four game tilt. He had a decent start, at least by his standards. He allowed an RBI double to Nick Markakis in the first inning and was seeming to have some problems with his control and aggressiveness towards opposing hitters, a problem that has plagued him his whole career.
Montero allowed two more runs in the second inning on a Jace Peterson RBI double and an RBI single from Ozzie Albies. But he seemed to settle in after the second inning, allowing eight hits and two walks, but ultimately keeping the Braves off the board.
Dickey, on the other hand, was outstanding through six innings before the Mets got to him in the seventh. In that inning, Brandon Nimmo hit a line drive single to right field and was brought home during the next at-bat, as Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run home run to bring the game to within one run. Plawecki continued his month of solid play with a 2-for-4 night and those two runs batted in.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the Braves in their bullpen, Nori Aoki walked, and Jose Reyes reached base on a throwing error. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the tying run.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Plawecki singled and Dominic Smith walked to put runners on first and second. Amed Rosario struck out, bringing Travis Taijeron to the plate. Taijeron hit a line drive single to bring home Juan Lagares, who had entered as a pinch runner, to win the game.
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Big winners: Jose Reyes +19% WPA, Kevin Plawecki +20.5% WPA, Travis Taijeron +24.6% WPA, Jeurys Familia +12.8% WPA
Big losers: Rafael Montero -12.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Travis Taijeron ninth inning single, +30% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Amed Rosario ninth inning strikeout, -10.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: 6.7%
Total batter WPA: 43.3%
GWRBI!: Travis Taijeron walk off RBI single.