I wound up meeting my Cousin Andy and my pal Rich Wolber by the Apple outside the ballpark at 5:45PM. I had tickets for them. Once we exchanged pleasantries, we went in through my buddy, Sam Citron. I introduced him to my Cousin. As always, it was a pleasure to see him.
We then went upstairs to section 516 as the royal court was already in session. We had a nice gathering which included Manny Morales, Frank Anichiarico, Pat Gorman, David Sack & Martin Caamano.
As for the completion of the suspended game, Bobby Parnell threw the first pitch of the top of the ninth inning at 6:10PM. He wiggled out his way of trouble by getting a double play to get it to the bottom of the ninth still tied. The Mets failed to score so on to extra innings they went. In the tenth inning, Brandon Lyon came on to pitch for the Mets. He wound up giving up the winning runs as second baseman Dan Uggla delivered what proved to be the game winning hit, a single. B.J. Upton added a sacrifice bunt that turned into a fielder's choice as Brandon Lyon couldn't make a play on the ball which allowed another run to score to make it a 7-5 game in favor of the Braves. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Braves emerged victorious. The game ended at 6:52PM which was almost 24 hours after it started on Friday night.
The regularly scheduled game was suppose to start at 7:15PM but it wound up being pushed back to 7:28PM because of the suspended game.
As for that game we saw, the Braves' starter Mike Minor did it all. He shutout the Mets for seven and a third innings. He struck out twelve and he hit also hit his first major league home run to get the Braves on the scoreboard in a scoreless game in the fifth inning. His two run homer was part of a five run fifth inning that did in Mets starter Dillon Gee and the Mets. The Braves cruised to a 6-0 win as they took the first two games of the series.
|Scott Bultman at Chase Field|
|Me at Coca Cola Park for 8K|
After the game, Bryan drove us back to Citi Field for another historic occasion as we saw the Mets wrap up their weekend series with the Braves on Sunday night baseball.
|King & his father|
On this night, the King reunited with his father who came out with his brother Charlie Casiano to acknowledge this special day. We also had some more company as we were joined by Frank Anichiarico, Bryan Gilligan, Ralph & Vincent Ascanio, Al Linderman, Phil Butleman, David Sack & Michael Carson in the royal court in section 516. In addition, shortly after the game started we had a surprise appearance from our pal Andrew Van Cleve who drove over from Harrison, NJ where he saw the Red Bulls play the Columbus Crew in a 2-2 draw. It turned out to be a memorable and joyous evening at the ballpark for all of us.
As for the game we saw, the Mets got a great outing from their starter Shaun Marcum who threw seven strong innings striking out twelve. He did leave the game losing 2-1 thanks to Dan Uggla who hit a two run homer off him in the seventh inning. The Mets rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get a much needed come from behind victory. John Buck delivered a run scoring single to tie the game and Ike Davis hit a two run single to win it as the Mets went on to beat the Braves, 4-2 to salvage a game in the series.
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