Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mets 7 Braves 6 in 11 Innings in Season Finale at Citi Field

We usually attend the last home game of the Mets season and 2019 was not an exception.  The Atlanta Braves had clinched first place in the National League East while the Mets were eliminated in the wild card race making this game meaningless.  Games after September 1 seem to be much longer since the rosters expand to 40 allowing managers to make moves they couldn't do earlier in the season.  Next year that will change as the late-season roster will be limited to 28 and pitchers will be required to face 3 batters or finish an inning.  I just hate it when a manager constantly changes the pitcher after just one batter as it causes longer games.

At the end of 7 innings, the score was tied at 3-3.  Joe Panik homered for the Mets giving the Mets a 4-3 lead, but Adeiny Hechavarria, whom the Mets released earlier in the season, homered in the top of the 9th for the Braves to tie the game.  Oh well, the game went into extra innings as I was getting hungry. In order to get a standing ovation, Pete Alonso was taken out of the game in the middle of an inning and replaced by Dominic Smith who had been on the injured list for over 2 months.

Hechavarria homered in the top of the 11th to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.  Adam Duvall followed with another home run to give the Braves a 6-4 lead.  At that point, I got disgusted and wanted to leave so I can eat dinner.  I followed the game on my phone as I took the 7 train and the 44 bus back home.  I found out that Dom Smith hit a 3-run walk-off homer to give the Mets a 7-6 victory.

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