I love it when your team backs up your trash talk so well.
Might this have been a statement game? It certainly was for Tim Hudson who threw eight shutout innings for his third win, lowering his ERA to 0.62. Tim was unhittable into the fifth inning when a single by Moises Alou broke it up. It is AWESOME to see Huddy pitching this well, just awesome.
The top six batters in the Braves lineup all had at least one hit, as did Tim Hudson, but the sorrow continues for Scott Thorman and Ryan Langerhans. Each went hitless with only a Langerhans walk between them. At this point I am really feeling sorry for Langy. He struck out on a check swing to end the ninth inning in which it looked like he didn't go around, but as if to add insult to injury, the third base umpire called him out on the appeal - he just can't catch a break.
Perhaps we should not put Rafael Soriano in the game unless it is close (as he once again gave up some runs, three of them). He's great when the game is on the line, but when there is a sizeable lead he seems to not be as sharp or as dominant. Oh well, I guess that those are the times to get his off-nights out of the way.
But the real cherry on the top of this win was the way we got the scoring started - with a one out two-run homerun in the top of the first off the bat of Larry Wayne Jones. The collective asses of all Mets fans simultaneously clinched when he hit that ball. It was his only hit on the night, but it was a real beaut. Keep it up Lar!
Atlanta 7, N.Y. Mets 3 at Shea Stadium
Atlanta Record: (11-5)
N.Y. Mets Record: (10-5)
Winning pitcher - Tim Hudson (3-0)
Losing pitcher - Mike Pelfrey (0-1)