Am I A Jinx? (Game Report: Atlanta 11, Mets 3)
Over the weekend, I mentioned to my friend Greg that I wanted to go see the Mets at CitiField one more time this season. Tonight was a good time to go, and he scored really cheap Delta Club seats on Stub Hub.
So even though the season was officially pronounced dead over a week ago, I was excited about going to the game. I was really hoping to see Derek Lowe get knocked out of the game early and watch Chipper Jones strike out four times. Nothing against Lowe personally, but I feel a little bit better about the Ollie Perez signing every time that Lowe struggles too. (My dislike for Jones shouldn’t need much of an explanation.) At the very least, I was hoping to see something memorable.
Pat Misch quickly put any thoughts of victory out of my mind by yielding eight runs in two innings. Lance Broadway wasn’t that much better. Chipper only went 1-for-3, but that one hit was a three-run homer that put the game away for the Braves. And Derek Lowe pitched five solid innings to earn another win.
The Mets had a nice crowd at the ballpark tonight, considering how the season’s gone. I was able to walk right up to the bag check table when I got off the subway a couple of minutes after six. But once it got near game time, it was tough to move around the concourse. I’d be willing to believe that around 30,000 people showed up for tonight’s game.
And they didn’t seem as negative as some of the earlier season crowds. Yes, they booed when Misch came out of the game. But it wasn’t like the reaction that Ollie Perez got the last time I was there.
And we cheered if the Mets did something good. Luis Castillo earned cheers for his two hits. (The nice older couple sitting next to us was even upset when Jerry Manuel double-switched him out of the game.) Daniel Murphy earned applause for his double and home run. Anderson Hernandez got cheers for his triple. Even after it was clear that the game was over, Cory Sullivan got applause for hitting a two-out double in the eighth.
The only real booing was reserved for an adult who kept a foul ball that tipped off a kid’s glove when the bat boy threw it into the stands. A staff member arranged for security to obtain another baseball from the dugout, so a potentially ugly situation was averted.
The game even provided a first, though not the one I’d wanted to see. Josh Thole hit a long fly ball to center field and I hoped it was a home run. It would have been the first of his Major League career. Instead, I saw Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami complete the final four innings to earn his first Major League save.
Well, there’s always tomorrow. 🙂