Remembering Mets History (2017): Travis Taijeron's Walk Off Single

Thursday, September 26th 2017: In a lost season, Terry Collins was managing his final few games as Mets skipper. The team now (68-90) hosted Brian Snitker's Atlanta Braves (71-86).

A small crowd of 21,938 came out to watch the two once NL rivals finish out lost seasons. A familiar face took the mound for Atlanta as R.A. Dickey went up against Rafael Montero.

Starting Lineups

In the 1st inning Nick Markakis' double drove in Ender Inciarte who had led off with a double, making it 1-0 Braves. The top of the 2nd was no better as Montero walked Dansby Swanson to start off the inning.

Jace Peterson then doubled in another run & scored on Ozzie Albies single to left, putting Atlanta up 3-0.

R.A. Dickey held the Mets scoreless until the home 7th inning. With one out Brandon Nimmo singled to right field. Kevin Plawecki followed with his third HR of the year, making it a 3-2 game.

Amed Rosario tripled, knocking Dickey out of the game. Rosario was stranded on third as Dan Winkler struck out Travis Taijeron to end the inning. Taijeron would get another chance in the 9th inning.

In the bottom of the 8th, Norichika Aoki walked & Jose Reyes reached on an error. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a line drive to centerfield enabling Aoki to score the tying run 3-3.

In the bottom of the 9th, Atlanta had A.J. Minter on the mound, another pitcher going by initials for a first name. Kevin Plawecki got his second hit of the game as he led off with a single to left. Juan Lagares was brought in to pinch run for Plawecki. Dominic Smith then walked moving Lagares to second. After Rosario struck out, Travis Taijeron singled to left with the game winning walk off hit as Lagares scored from third.

The Met bullpen The Mets would hold down the Braves as Josh Smoker, Hansel Robles & Jeurys Familia pitched three scoreless innings. Familia would earn his second win of an injury plagued season. The Mets would finish off the Braves with a three game sweep the next day, as Terry Collins managed his last games at Citi Field.


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