Bobby Parnell did not have such a good outing as he allowed nine runs in three innings, even though it wasn’t all his doing. The Mets could’ve gotten out of the second inning with only four runs, but Luis Castillo fell asleep and didn’t cover second. That allowed an infield single and the Braves took advantage, scoring four more runs for eight total in the second inning, a day after the Mets did the same.
That was all the Braves needed to win but they kept tacking on runs with one apiece in the third and ninth innings and two in the fifth and three in the sixth. The Mets’ long men were ineffective. Nelson Figueroa allowed two runs and Tim Redding allowed three more. Redding has been wholly ineffective, practically giving up at least a run every time he pitches. He needs to be released when Billy Wagner is activated.
The Mets only managed to scrape together two runs — one in the third inning off an RBI by Luis Castillo and another in the fifth off of a double by Angel Pagan. Wilson Valdez, who had pinch hit for Bobby Parnell, scored both of the runs. Valdez then came into the game to play shortstop while Anderson Hernandez moved to second to relieve Castillo.
It was an embarrasing loss. Even the commentators gave up and started taking phone calls during the broadcast.
The Mets hope to wash out the bad taste of tonight’s blowout when they wrap up the series with the Braves Thursday when Johan Santana takes the mound.