The Mets had 23 hits in their Thursday win over the Atlanta Braves. It wasn't a must win, but after dropping the first two games of the three-game set, it was a big one.
With a sentence like that, most could assume the score wasn't close, however, it was a 10-8 game mostly due to do the performance of reliever Drew Gagnon.
Marcus Stroman recovered from 33 first-inning pitches to 5.1 frames of work for the win. Luis Avilan and Brad Brach then held the Braves at bay... then Gagnon. Not his best outing, as he allowed four home runs, including a two-run shot to make the game way-too-close for comfort late. Three of those game in the ninth inning.
Despite that, Mets manager Mickey Callaway threw some promising comments Gagnon's way following the game.
"Gagnon did a great job," Callaway said. "He saved us probably two innings and a couple of guys from our bullpen that are going to be fresh for tomorrow and that's what you want him to do."
Edwin Diaz increased the Mets' anxiety when he entered the game. He walked the first batter he faced, but then recorded the save with a final-out K.
Callaway putting a positive spin his performance is likely some damage control for the righty reliever, but it remains to be seen if the Mets make any corresponding move following the four homers. Gagnon, 29, was recalled by the Mets on Tuesday as the team optioned Chris Mazza to Triple-A Syracuse. Gagnon also recently won the International League's Player of the Week Award as well.