Thursday, August 11, 2011

Post Game: Mets Fall To Friars 3-2

The New York Mets(58-59) dropped a game under .500 once again after being the victim of poor defense for the second consecutive night, losing to the San Diego Padres(53-66) to split the series at 2 games a piece.

The Mets were able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead against the Padres in the bottom of the 3rd. After Justin Turner was hit by a pitch and David Wright drew walk, Lucas Duda came through with an RBI double to right-center to clear the bases. The Mets offense would drop off after, failing to record a hit after a David Wright single in the bottom of the 5th.

Jonathan Niese(11-9, 4.03 ERA) had a brilliant start that was ruined by poor defense. Allowing only a solo home run to Cameron Maybin and an RBI single, Niese found himself in trouble in the top of the 8th. After Cameron Maybin singled to lead off the inning and stole second, Niese was able to strikeout Logan Forsythe before issuing an intentional walk to Jesus Guzman but ran into further trouble when the Padres executed a double steal. Niese induced a ground ball off the bat of Aaron Cunningham, but Ruben Tejada bobbled the ball which allowed the go ahead run to score.

Boiling Points:
  • The Mets recorded only 3 hits the entire afternoon but drew 6 walks. The team left 9 on base and went 1-10 with RISP.
  • Nick Evans left 4 men on base and struck out 3 times in the 6th spot in the lineup. Jason Bay and Lucas Duda also left 4 men on.
  • Scott Hairston and Justin Turner went a combined 0-7 with a walk out of the first two spots of the lineup.
  • Former Met Heath Bell locked down his first save of the series and 32nd of the year, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.
  • Although he failed to record the victory, Jonathan Niese is tied for 10th in the league with 11 wins and is only 1 behind Kevin Correia, despite Correia having an ERA of almost one full run higher. Niese deserved better than he got.
Another day, another disappointment for a Mets team that has been largely up and down the entire year. Tomorrow night the Mets will face the current NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks at 10:10 PM ET.