Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Mets vs Braves

Game 1

The New York Mets the 24 seed and the Atlanta Braves the 23 seed are the next series in this play in round.

The Mets had a record of 66-96 and finished last in the NL East, while the Braves where 69-93 also finishing last in the NL West.

The starters for Game 1 are Jerry Koosman (3-15 3.75 Grade 8) vs. Phil Niekro (19-18 2.88 Grade 15).

Braves had their ace Niekro on the mound and got off to a good start on offense plating 3 in first highlighted be a Rowland Office 2 run homer. The Mets answered with 4 in the 3rd with a 3 run homer by Willie Montanez against the team he was an All-Star for in 1977. The Braves pounced back on top in the 5 with yet another homer by Rowland Office. The score would remain the same until the Mets reclaim the lead with 2 in the 8th and 4 in the  9th as Niekro and the Braves bullpen can’t hold the lead. Mets win 10-7 and take home field advantage while also beating the Braves ace.

Final Score: Mets 10, Braves 7

WP: Jerry Koosman (1-0)

LP: Phil Niekro (0-1)

HR’s: Mets – Willie Montanez (1) Braves – Rowland Office 2 (2), Jeff Burroughs (1)

Must win Game 2 for Atlanta as they send Preston Hanna to the mound versus Craig Swan.

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