Willie Randolph said he’s “not overly concerned with the team right now.’’ He said they’ll play better. He did not provide a date, but improvement was shown this afternoon.
John Maine gave them five, but left the game as a precaution after experiencing tightness in his forearm. The Mets scored four in the third and the bullpen gave up a run in four innings.
IN A NUTSHELL
The offense awakens and the bullpen picks up Maine.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Willie Randolph on the offense breaking through in the four-run third: “It’s been awhile since we strung together a bunch of hits like that. It was good to see them attack a really fine pitcher. We’ve been struggling a little bit.’’
John Maine on leaving the game after the fifth inning with tightness in his right forearm: “I could have gone out in the sixth and I wanted to, but it’s still April and thereâ€™s no reason to take a chance. Iâ€™m OK.’’
Carlos Beltran on how the team is playing: “We’re a better team than how we’ve been playing. Things are going to change. Hopefully, soon.’’
1ST INNING: John Maine loses focus and it costs him a run. The offense goes down meekly. Atlanta 1, Mets 0
2ND INNING: Runners left on the corners. Three so far.
3RD INNING: There’s nothing like a big inning to wake up the place. Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church have the big hits. Delgado drives in a run. Let’s see if Maine can hold the lead. Mets 4, Atlanta 2
5th INNING: Maine gone after five.
9TH INNING: Billy Wagner remains lights out. Mets 4, Atlanta 3