It was a game that looked like the Mets wanted to give away, yet, thanks to Francisoco Rodriguez, the Mets took game two of the series vs. the Atlanta Braves, 4-3.
K-Rod got his seventh save of the season despite a routine pop-fly out to Carlos Delgado, who dropped the ball to prolong the ninth inning.
Livan Hernandez went 6 1/3 innings and got the win. He looked brilliant at times, inducing double plays and allowing only one earned run on seven hits and two walks.
The Mets still could not get a clutch hit with bases loaded and left 12 men on base. But they had just enough offense to outlast the Braves. The heart of the order came through with David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado all getting two hits on the night. Ramon Castro had the best night, with three hits and an RBI. Delgado’s two-RBI hit in the top of the ninth extended the Mets’ lead to what would be the game-winning runs.
Luis Castillo had an error in the eighth inning. He was visibly upset as he threw his glove into the ground despite starting a double play to end the inning. There seemed to be quite a bit of anger that night as even Wright seemed irate after flying out in a bases-loaded situation in the ninth. It’s good to see that kind of passion from your starters. It was as if they were rebelling against general manager Omar Minaya’s statement that some of the core players did not have the same kind of fire that other teams, such as the Phillies, have.
The Mets won. That’s what they need to keep doing. They have a good chance to extend that winning streak Wednesday vs. the Phillies at Citi Field when Johan Santana faces Chan Ho Park.