Braves 9 – Mets 2 August 31, 2010

New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo (L) loses the ball but Atlanta Braves runner Jason Heyward is called out on a fielders choice in the first inning during MLB baseball action in Atlanta, Georgia August 2, 2010.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

The Mets season slipped away and it looked like they were just going through the motions tonight. Jon Niese wasn’t sharp at all allowing 8 runs (3 earned) in 4.2 innings. He gave up 10 hits and there are no excuses for that. But Luis Castillo let a double play ball go under his glove for an error with no outs in the fifth inning that could have made a big difference in the how the Braves 7 run inning turned out. David Ross hit a grand slam in the inning to cap the loss.

The Mets weak offense only mustered 7 hits and 3 walks in the game without Angel Pagan playing because of a sore wrist. They scored both runs in the fifth on a hit and three walks plus two sac flies. That was it for the night. The only good news was that Ruben Tejada went 2 for 4. He wasn’t the automatic out that he has been for most of the season in the bigs.

The Mets have two more games in Atlanta before heading to Chicago as they play out the string.

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Author: Dave Doyle

Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.