Gosselin makes costly error, Braves beaten by Mets 7-1
Apr. 22, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Bases loaded, no outs, scoreless game. The Atlanta Braves needed an easy double-play grounder to prevent a big inning and they got it.
Only second baseman Phil Gosselin didn't get it.
Instead, Gosselin fumbled the bouncer and everyone was safe, helping the New York Mets break loose for a 7-1 victory Tuesday night and their ninth straight win.
"That's a routine play," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm sure Goose is going to go back and not sleep real good because he makes that play, shoot, every single time. Maybe it's ... he hadn't been out there in a little while and was a little jumpy, but he makes that play every single time."
No excuses from Gosselin, who started at second base for the first time in 11 days. He let pitcher Jonathan Niese's grounder rattle off his glove, and the Mets took advantage to score four runs off Trevor Cahill (0-2).
"That stuff is going to happen. It's my job to pick him up and get out of it and minimize it the best I can. It's tough that I wasn't able to do that," Gosselin said.
"Trevor made a really good pitch there, 3-1 and it should have been a double play and I just didn't make the play," he said. "I think I am going to make that play every time. Unfortunately it didn't happen tonight."
Gosselin said he thought he "tried to throw before I caught it a little bit, tried to be too quick."
The Braves had made only one error in their first 12 games — every team in the majors had committed at least three — before third baseman Chris Johnson's wild throw and Gosselin's misplay.
Cahill was chased in that fifth inning that began with a leadoff walk. He has lost six straight decisions dating to last season with Arizona.
"The command went a little bit," he said. "I tried to make that perfect pitch to get a double play instead of doing what I was doing before that."
Catcher Kevin Plawecki made an impressive big league debut, contributing with his bat and glove for the banged-up Mets.
The Mets extended their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2008. The team record is 11, last done in 1990.
Curtis Granderson drove in four runs and Niese (2-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, helping the Mets stretch the best home start in club history to 8-0 at Citi Field.
A highly regarded prospect, Plawecki got two hits, scored twice and threw out a runner trying to advance on a ball in the dirt.
Plawecki was promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day to replace catcher Travis d'Arnaud, out for at least three weeks after breaking a finger when he was hit by a pitch Sunday. The Mets lost reliever Jerry Blevins to a broken forearm in that same game, and are still minus injured third baseman David Wright.
D'Arnaud took Plawecki out for dinner during Monday's day off, telling the 24-year-old minor leaguer that he was ready for the majors. Plawecki, drafted by the Mets in 2012 with a compensation pick they got for losing Jose Reyes to free agency, did more than fine in front of a rooting section that included his parents and fiance.
Niese blanked the Braves until his 100th pitch, which Cameron Maybin hit for a two-out home run in the seventh. Umpires originally held Maybin at second base, then let him trot home after a replay review.
Mets reliever Alex Torres ended the seventh with a 5-1 lead by striking out Freddie Freeman with two runners on, the third time the Atlanta cleanup man fanned.
Plawecki grounded a single to left field for his first hit and fueled the big fifth. He later scored on Granderson's two-run single.
In the sixth, Plawecki pounced on a pitch in the dirt that bounced away and threw out Andrelton Simmons at second. Plawecki singled again in the eighth and scored on a double by Granderson.
Mets: Wright (pulled hamstring) is "advancing" in his recovery and is expected to begin baseball activities soon, Collins said. ... Closer Bobby Parnell (Tommy John surgery) gave up two hits and walked two while getting only two outs for Class A St. Lucie.
The game was delayed for a few minutes in the middle of the seventh inning because second base seemed to shake loose from its mooring. A groundskeeper helped get the bag anchored down.
Braves: Eric Stults is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts. Signed as a free agent before spring training, the 35-year-old lefty was 8-17 for San Diego last season.
Mets: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1) has made 48 straight starts of at least five innings dating to May 2013, the longest active streak in the majors. The team record is 50 by Dwight Gooden.