Monday, July 18, 2011

Mets Lose To Marlins, Playoff Hopes Fading Fast

The Mets lost to the Marlins tonight by the score of 4-1. Chris Capuano was on cruise control through the first 3.2 innings, not allowing a hit. However, after retiring the first 2 in the 4th, Hanley Ramirez lined a single to RF breaking up Capuano's no hit bid. Then after a walk to Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton lined a double to the LF gap scoring both runners, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. Former Met Mike Cameron then chased Stanton home with an RBI single of his own, putting the Marlins up 3-0. After the hiccup in the 4th, Capuano settled down and held the Marlins at bay until the 8th inning, where he surrendered 1 more run on an RBI single by Logan Morrison, which put the game away.

The Mets offense was anemic tonight as they only had 3 hits all evening, only 1 against starter Clay Hensley who was making his first start in nearly 3 years. I can't say I was surprised by the lack of offense from the Mets, as today's lineup was missing Jose Reyes, David Wright, Ike Davis, and Carlos Beltran. To make matters worse, Scott Hairston who was filling in for Carlos Beltran (flu) hitting 3rd, fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning and was forced to leave the game after grounding out. The Mets scored their only run of the evening in the 9th, when Jason Bay hit a SAC fly with the bases loaded.

Game Notes:

-Willie Harris was 2-3, with a 2B and a BB.
-Nick Evans was 1-2 after replacing Scott Hairston.

If the Braves hold on to win tonight (leading 5-1 in the 4th), the Mets will fall to 9.5 games behind in the Wild Card race. The Mets will look to rebound tomorrow as they open a 3 games series with the Cardinals at Citi Field. Jose Reyes will make his return to the lineup after missing 12 games with a hamstring injury. Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM.