Series Preview: Atlanta Braves IV

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Asdrubel Cabrera has been solid all year, and finished up the Royals series going 2-3 with a home run and a walk.

Headlines

A sliver of redemption: The Mets swept their two game series against the (ugh) World Champion Royals. Wrapping up the season series, the Mets took the 3 of the 4 games against Kansas City with Jeurys Familia picking up saves in all 3 wins. Progress.

Stop scaring us, damn it: With Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes leaving Wednesday’s game due to injury, and Zack Wheeler’s rehab halted, Mets fans were rightly holding their breath. About as good news on all fronts as can be expected, though. Syndergaard with no structural damage, Cespedes with a mild sprain expected to avoid the DL, and Wheeler with no structural damage set to resume rehab when he feels ready. Thank goodness.

Whirlwind start for Cyclones: Rookie A Mets Affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, recently began their season, and did so in style. In their first 4 games, they played 20, 9, 10, and 17 innings, winning only one. There’s no better time for newly-signed first round draft pick, RHP Justin Dunn to report to Brooklyn, as their pitching staff has to be gassed already.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

With the 31st anniversary approaching, it’s as good a time as any to recall the “Rick Camp Game” from July 4th, 1985.

Braves announcer John Sterling called it the “wackiest, wildest, most improbable game in history.”

Rain delayed the start of the game to 9pm, and then interrupted the game again in the 3rd inning, ending Doc Gooden’s start after just 2 1/3 IP. Little did anyone know how much relief would be required thereafter. After Jesse Orosco and Doug Sisk combined to cough up a 7-4 lead in the 8th, Lenny Dykstra singled home Howard Johnson in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 8-8, eventually forcing extra frames.

The Mets would take the lead on Howard Johnson’s two-run homer in the top of the 13th, and turned to Tom Gorman to close things down in the bottom half. No such luck: Terry Harper would tie it up again with a two-run homer of his own. Gorman pressed on, and Lenny Dykstra would come up big again in the 18th inning with a sac fly off Braves reliever, Rick Camp, to take the lead again, 11-10.

As Danny Heep recalled, “At that point, it was just, let’s get out of here.”

Tom Gorman would get another shot at finishing things up in the bottom half of the 18th. Let’s go to the video tape:

Your eyes did not deceive you. That was career .074 hitter, Rick Camp slugging a home run over the left field wall.

“He hit the (heck) out of it,” Gorman said. “It wasn’t a cheapie.”

Mercifully, the Mets would score 5 off of Camp in the top of the 19th. No thanks to a Keith Hernandez error in the bottom of the 19th (“Yeah, it was a routine ground ball,” Hernandez says. “I was tired. I was exhausted. It went through my legs.”), the Mets would eventually win the game.

With the two rain delays and 19 innings of baseball in the books, the game ended at 3:55AM. The remaining tens of fans were treated to a 4AM fireworks display, so oddly timed that Atlanta residents were startled into thinking their city was under attack.

Danny Heep recalled the harrowing trip back to the hotel on the team bus (as if they needed more drama): “We were driving across a small little water crossing. It wasn’t a flooded street. It was a main street, and it seemed like the bus was floating. It was like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve gone through all this, and now we’re going to die in high water.’”

You better believe the bullpen appreciated Rick Aguilera’s complete game the next day, en route to a relaxing 6-1 win.

Standings & Probables

Nationals 43-30 .589
Mets 38-32 .543
Marlins 38-34 .528
Phillies 30-42 .417
Braves 24-47 .338

Thursday, June 22 Matt Harvey (4-9 4.76 ERA) vs. Matt Wisler (3-7 4.23 ERA)

Friday, June 23 Steven Matz (7-3 2.74 ERA) vs. Aaron Blair (0-4 7.19 ERA)

Saturday, June 24 Jacob deGrom (3-4 2.96 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (3-7 2.66 ERA)

Sunday, June 25 Bartolo Colon (6-3 3.00 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (2-7 4.69 ERA)

Beer From the Bad Guys

Terrapin Brewing Co. – Watermelon Gose

Pouring a crystal clear light hay, WG has a tart, fruity, light perfumey nose with a quickly vanishing head.

On the tart scale for the goses I’ve had, this one is definitely up towards the tarter side. As it’s brewed with sea salt and coriander, it provides nice pucker. The watermelon sweetness brightens things up midway through the taste, but gives way to a salty, slightly bitter finish.

terrwgScouting Report (20-80 scale)

See: 60

Smell: 55

Taste: 65

Feel: 60

Overall: 60

I’m sure it takes a lot of nuance to get the balance right on a beer like this, but Terrapin does a great job of making it feel effortless. Well balanced, and at a light 4.3% ABV, it’s easy to enjoy several ice cold cans of Watermelon Gose on a hot Summer day. Hey, grab a six-pack for July 4th. Just don’t pitch to Rick Camp. LGM!

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