Showing posts with label tough loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tough loss. Show all posts

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Unhappy Recap : Game 137 - Mets at Nationals - Golly Gee, The Mets Let One Get Away!

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W: S. Burnett (5-5) L: B. Parnell (3-5)
HR: NYM - N. Evans (4),J. Bay (10)   WAS - I. Desmond (6),T. Milone (1),R. Bernadina (6)

Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the tying and winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game series.

With the Nationals trailing 7-6, Jesus Flores singled off Bobby Parnell (3-5) to being the ninth inning rally and pinch runner Brian Bixler moved to second on a wild pitch before Johnny Gomes walked and Ian Desmond laid down a sacrifice bunt.

With one out, the Mets rolled the dice by intentionally walking Roger Bernadina to load the bases for Zimmerman, who shattered his bat on an up-and- in fastball. The ball fell into shallow right field, giving the Nats the walkoff victory.

Sean Burnett (5-5) worked the top of the ninth to earn the win and Bernadina, Desmond and starting pitcher Tom Milone all cracked home runs for the Nationals, who bounced back after dropping the series opener on Friday.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recap : Game 117 - Padres at Mets - Mets let one get away!

Final Score: San Diego 3, New York 2

Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on Ruben Tejada's error two innings later, as the San Diego Padres edged the New York Mets, 3-2, at Citi Field.

Luis Martinez added an RBI single for the Padres, who salvaged a split of this four-game series. San Diego starter Cory Luebke gave up two runs on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings. Four relievers held the Mets hitless over the final four frames.

Jon Niese (11-9) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and struck out seven over 7 2/3 innings for New York, which finished its homestand with a 3-6 record.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Recap : Game 110 - Marlins at Mets - Mets lose 4th in a row

Final Score: Florida 4, New York 3

Another night, another deflating loss for Jason Isringhausen and the New York Mets.

After surrendering a 10th-inning grand slam to Mike Stanton in Monday's series-opening loss, Isringhausen allowed two runs in the top of the ninth as the Mets fell, 4-3, to the Florida Marlins.

The Marlins loaded the bases with one down against Isringhausen (2-2) before pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen dribbled a grounder toward second. Justin Turner fielded the ball and made an errant throw to first baseman Lucas Duda, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to cross the plate.

Steve Cishek (2-1) threw two scoreless frames to earn the win, and Leo Nunez recorded his 31st save of the season after entering in the ninth with a runner aboard and closing the door.

Omar Infante belted two home runs for the Marlins, who moved to .500 for the first time since June 12.

The loss ruined a strong outing from Mets starter Chris Capuano, who allowed two runs on four hits over six innings and also scored a run.

Jose Reyes added a home run for the Mets, losers of four in a row.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Recap : Game 69 - Mets at Braves - Heart Wrenching Loss

Final Score: Atlanta 9, New York 8 (10 innings)

Diory Hernandez scored on a D.J. Carrasco balk in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Braves a 9-8 comeback win over the Mets in a wild finale to their three-game series.

After New York rallied and scored go-ahead runs on a wild pitch and an error in the late innings, Brooks Conrad saved the Braves in the ninth, hitting a pinch-hit, two-run blast to make it an 8-8 contest.

Hernandez doubled with two away in the 10th before moving to third on Jordan Schafer's infield single. Carrasco (0-2) then faced Jason Heyward, but flinched, and home plate umpire James Hoye called the balk to bring in Hernandez.

The Braves celebrated the win wildly, jumping up and down at home plate, though their jubilation was slightly delayed by the suddenness of the decision.

"I was like, 'Oh, ok, it's a balk' first, then 'Game over' second," Heyward said.

Carrasco said the way his team lost is hard to swallow.

"We battled the whole night, and you've got to let somebody at least hit the ball or do something else, rather than just balk in the winning run," Carrasco said. "This is going to be a tough night for me."

It was an almost fitting end to a game filled with quirky moments that also served as turning points, and prevented the Mets from completing the sweep. It also gave the Braves a much-needed win -- snapping their three-game slide -- before they start another round of interleague play Friday against Texas.

On Thursday, the unlikely became regular, and all the small twists and turns wove together to form a bizarre tapestry of a baseball game.

It was a game that the Mets' Scott Hairston tied in the fifth inning, 6-6, with a three-run blast. The reserve outfielder had all of three plate appearances in June and two homers this season prior to Thursday's contest.

Then, in the seventh, Braves reliever Jonny Venters took to the mound. The left-hander entered the game with a 0.44 earned run average, having allowed only two runs in 40 2/3 innings.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Recap : 2011 Regular Season Game 64 - Mets at Pirates

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, New York 2

Andrew McCutchen stroked a two-run double, James McDonald tossed six innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the New York Mets, 3-2, at PNC Park.

McDonald (4-4) gave up two runs, eight hits and three walks for the Pirates, who rebounded from an 8-1 loss in the opener of this four-game series.

R.A. Dickey (3-7) went the distance for New York, allowing three runs on eight hits over eight frames.

The Mets lost for just the third time in their last nine games.

Box Score: Click Here

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 46 - Mets at Yankees (Series Finale)

What Happened?
Final Score: NY Yankees 9, NY Mets 3

Derek Jeter and Chris Dickerson hit two-run singles during an eight-run seventh inning the Yankees used to record a 9-3 victory over the Mets in the rubber match of their three-game interleague series.

Brett Gardner smacked a two-run double during the inning for the Yankees, who got four hits and an RBI from Alex Rodriguez. They totaled 13 hits in their fifth win in six games.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (3-4) allowed only one run through the first six innings, but was responsible for four of the runs the Yanks scored in the seventh and took the loss.

The Mets allowed 16 runs in the final two games of the set after winning the opener by a 2-1 score.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mets Need to Rebound from Tough Losses Like Last Night

I am happier than anyone with how the Mets have been playing lately.

The team is getting offensive production from unlikely sources, the bullpen has been miraculous and Mike Pelfrey seems to be getting back on track.

However, all of a sudden, shades of the 2009 injury plague have crept back to the team. David Wright and Ike Davis are out, forcing the team to reach into its minor league system to pull up able bodies.

Though the team has managed to stay afloat so far, last night's loss could be the initial dagger in the Mets hearts.

Pelfrey was tasked with keeping pace with arguably the best pitcher in the NL in Josh Johnson, and he did just that.

All the Mets needed was one run, and the rain soaked game would come to an end.

The team had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, after a Hanley Ramirez error put Justin Turner on second base. If Jason Pridie could get down a bunt, the winning run would have been 90 feet away with one out.

Pridie had been doing all the little things perfectly, but his failure to get down the bunt cost the Mets in the end.

Fast forward to the bottom of the tenth, when the Mets once again threatened. Turner stepped to the plate with first and second and one out.

In one of the most bizarre plays I've ever seen, Turner hit a hard ground ball to short that handcuffed Ramirez and looked like it would set up a bases-loaded situation with Carlos Beltran due up.

However, the ball deflected off Ramirez's shoulder right to Omar Infante at second base for the first out. Infante barehanded the deflection and threw onto first to complete the double play. Side retired.

As if things couldn't get any worse from there, Burke Badenhop delivered the go-ahead RBI single the next inning...BURKE BADENHOP! The guy is a middle relief pitcher! He should't be getting clutch hits with the game on the line.

The funny thing is that he was allowed to hit because the Marlins wanted to get at least another inning out him, but once he delivered this hit, he was lifted for Leo Nunez.

Though Jon Niese gave Mets fans a brief glimmer of hope with a triple, Jose Reyes struck out after a good battle with Nunez, who has been virtually unhittable this season.

This game is the type of loss that can really mangle a team's confidence, especially now that some key players are on the disabled list.

Winning last night's game would have given the the Mets the realization that they are capable of gutsy performances, even without some of their stars.

Tough losses happen to every team during the course of a season, but the real competitors are made apparent by how they bounce back the next day.

If the Mets come out with fire tonight, they will avenge the loss and hopefully get back on track. The team had won 7-of-10 games before last night, and will need these types of stretches to keep pace in the division.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the team responds. The young guys trying to make a name for themselves (Turner, Pridie, Ruben Tejada, Nick Evans, Daniel Murphy) would be wise to show the passion and energy that got them to the bigs in the first place.

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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

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