The Atlanta Braves don’t have much to play for these days, but we’re guessing they’re more than willing to play spoiler, especially if it means keeping their rivals, the New York Mets, out of the playoffs.
The Braves earned probably their biggest win of the season Wednesday night in New York, as they escaped with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Mets.
What made the win even more exciting was how it ended. Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, runners on first and second and his team trailing by a run.
Cespedes stepped in with a chance to be the hero against Atlanta closer Jim Johnson. And, for a moment, it looked like Cespedes was going to play the role of hero … except Ender Inciarte had other ideas.
Ender Inciarte? More like Game-Ender Inciarte, know what we’re sayin’?
You can look at that one of two ways as a Mets fan. On the bright side, both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals — the two other teams fighting for the National League wild card spots — also both lost Wednesday night, as all three remain tied. Of course, had Inciarte not made the catch, New York would have woken up Thursday morning with a one-game lead.
The three teams have identical 80-72 records with 10 games to play.