The Mets lose their first heart-breaker of the season today, falling to the Nationals 4-3 in gut-wrenching style courtesy of yet another Willie Harris game saving catch. Ugh..
Oliver Perez was good.. no, he was bad… no, he was just plain ole’ Ollie. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. Perez retired the side in order in the first, third and fifth, but got in trouble in the second, fourth and sixth. You can’t get more Ollie than that.
Ryota Igarashi continues to impress with 1.1 scoreless innings. Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless eighth, but allowed two walks, and Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth. All told, 3.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen as they continue to shine.
Jose Reyes was back, but clearly a little rusty accumulating one hit in five at-bats, a leadoff single in the ninth inning, and he also was hit by a pitch. He also misplayed a couple of balls in the field, but also made a nice barehanded grab on a ground ball in the ninth, and nailed the speedy Nyjer Morgan at first base.
The Mets had plenty of opportunities to break the game wide open and failed to do so, despite loading the bases three times including twice with no outs and tallying just one run. They left a very unacceptable 12 runners on base.
The Mets got on the board in the second inning when Henry Blanco, making his Mets debut, hit a one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly that scored Jason Bay, and Perez followed with a first-pitch single that scored Jeff Francoeur with the tying run.
It was heartbreak city in the bottom of the ninth when with the bases loaded and two out, rightfielder Willie Harris robbed Rod Barajas of a surefire game winning hit. Instead it was the final out of the game. Ouch!
Jeff Francoeur was the only batter to register more than one hit with a double, a single and yet another walk. He also scored a run, and had a great baserunning play going from first to third on a single. He is batting .467 with a 1.444 OPS.
The rubber game on Sunday will have our ace, Johan Santana, back on the mound and looking for his second win of the season. LGM