The Braves came out on top 9-6 in a see-saw game this afternoon at Shea Stadium. KJ kicked off proceedings with a home run on what was a warm-up-toss-first-pitch from Tom Glavine. After that the old pitching foes kept each other in check until Smoltz gave up a long ball to Green in the top of the 5th. The Braves came right back as Francoeur singled home a couple of runs in the bottom of the inning.
Although Smoltz was good through 5, he imploded in the 6th letting 5 runs past, three of them on a bases-loaded Jose Reyes triple. He had a problem with his slider often leaving it hanging over the plate and the Mets hitters duly obliged by crushing it around the yard. Cox got tossed for arguing balls and strikes and is now only 7 behind McGraw on the all-time list -- with a bit of effort he should do it this season.
In the top of the 7th a 2 out 2 on home run from Renteria evened the game. The 8th was a mirror image of the 7th except it was KJ who belted the 2 out 2 on dinger.
Yates pitched a good 7th, Soriano was a little loose in the 8th giving up a hit and a walk but ultimately getting out of his mini-jam. Wickman struggled a little with his command giving Delgado and Beltran 3-0 counts and ultimately walking the latter. A single by Alou put runners on the corners and the tying run at the plate, but some nice glove-work by Renteria ended the game.
All in all it was a strong night for the Braves offense with KJ going 3 for 4, Renteria going 2 for 5, and Andruw Jones 2 for (raising his average to a paltry .222). Frenchy tied his month walk total albeit on an IBB.
Braves improve to 12-6, and are 4-2 against the Mets so far this year . It's off to Miami to face the Marlins tomorrow. Go Braves.
Kelly Meter: Kelly had a great day today including the game winning homer. Johnson went 3/4 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs, and 1 Walk to bring his line to .297/.423/.547. He just keeps on hitting and looked great today.