Mets still having trouble winning back-to-back games as they get killed by the Arizona Diamondbacks again, losing 14-1. The Mets were finally able to beat the D-Backs yesterday but the story was different today as the pitching, offense, and defense were all missing today. Once again the Mets make a pitcher they have never seen before, look like an ace. They have been doing this all season. The Mets just can’t seem to beat the Diamondbacks as they fall to only one game over .500 on the season.
In a day where former Mets players and managers were shrined into the Mets Hall-of-Fame, the current Mets players couldn’t keep the joyous moments alive. Jonathon Niese had his first poor start in what seemed like ages. He has been a solid number three pitcher for the Mets this season and was unfortunately beat up by those pesky D-Backs. he cruised through the first three innings but it all fell apart in the fourth inning. Jon Niese only pitched 4.1 innings. Gave up 7 runs – 6 earned – on 7 hits, two homeruns, three walks and a wild pitch. He was able to strikeout two though. He receives his fifth lose of the season.
The bullpen wasn’t much help either. Elmer Dessens and Oliver Perez combined for 4.2 relief innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Dessens also gave up two homeruns.
The pitching was terrible, but did the offense at least put up a fight? No. No they did not. They combined for only five hits and one lonely run.
The five hits came from Angel Pagan, Jesus Feliciano, Ike Davis, Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora who all had one hit each. The one run came from Ike Davis, who had a sac fly RBI in the fourth inning.
Guys who are supposed to be leading this team, Wright and Reyes, and guys who are supposed to be the future of this team, Thole, all had 0-3 games.
Not only was the pitching bad and the offense terrible, the defense wasn’t helpful either. Wright and Pagan both had an error on the day and Castillo messed up a play when he dropped the ball from a throw that could have gotten an out. Nothing was working for this team today.
Adam LaRoche had two three-run homeruns on the night in both the fourth and fifth inning.
Nobody was having a good day, so the game ball goes to Dwight Gooden, Frank Cashen, Davey Johnson and Darryl Strawberry who all enter the Mets Hall-of-Fame today.
Johan Santana looks to rebound off of his poor start in his last outing as he begins game one of the three games series against the Braves on the road. Tim Hudson will pitch for the Braves as he looks for his 12th win of the season. Game time is 7:10 PM.