ATLANTA -- Maybe it was a Friday the 13th thing. Or perhaps it was the bizarre power outage that darkened the field and brought play to a halt for 16 minutes in the top of the second inning. But whatever it was, the second half of the season got off to a strange and uneasy start for the Atlanta Braves, even though they beat the Mets 7-5 on Friday night.
The win had a kiss-your-sister feel for a couple of reasons. For starters, nobody knew who was going to play shortstop until a few minutes before the first pitch. With Andrelton Simmons in the cast for the next four weeks, there were questions all afternoon about whether or not Fredi Gonzalez would call up Tyler Pastornicky or Josh Wilson from Triple A, or whether a trade might be in the offing.
As the day wore on, no one was surprised when Jack Wilson took the field, although during batting practice Gonzalez asked left fielder Martin Prado to jump in and grab a few grounders.
"You're our emergency shortstop," Gonzalez joked.