Game Recap: Young Dominates, Bullpen Blows, Mets Lose 7-3

An article by posted on April 11, 2011

Chris Young was dominant today, allowing one hit over seven innings but the bullpen blew it in the eighth, and then in the eleventh and the Mets lost 7-3, losing the series as well.

Game Notes

Chris Young looked excellent today, allowing one run on one hit over seven innings, walking two and striking out five. Young was exactly as advertised, having a 14:1 fly out to ground out ratio today. Young was consistently putting hitters in awkward positions, coaxing Jayson Werth into 3 foul pop-ups. When Young is in control and not laboring, he looks very confident on the mound.

The bullpen today was….inconsistent. D.J. Carrasco came out,  and in two-thirds of an inning allowed two runs on two hits walking one, and spoiling the chance for a Chris Young win. Taylor Buchholz came out, and after walking two to load the bases, got Mike Morse to strike-out on three straight curveballs.  Taylor’s final line was two-thirds of an inning, three walks and one strikeout. Tim Byrdak came out and pitched one-third of an inning, striking out one. K-Rod came out and got one out to end the top of the ninth. Blaine Boyer came out for the tenth, got out unscathed, then he was annihilated in the eleventh, giving up four runs, including a three-run blast. Boyer’s final line is four runs on four hits in two innings with no strikeouts.

The offense today existed in spurts, with the damage being done in the first inning by David Wright, scoring Jose Reyes and the second being an Angel Pagan single scoring David Wright. The Mets continued some offense in the fifth, with an Ike Davis broken-bat single scoring Willie Harris. After the fifth, the Mets couldn’t muster any offense, striking out sixteen times.

The offense today was confused by the Washington pitching, with Chris Young striking out three times, Willie Harris striking out 4 times and Brad Emaus striking out twice. Willie Harris has struck out 10 times in 24 at bats. Thats nearly 40% of his at-bats.

Jose Reyes, 3 for 5 including a lead-off bunt single. When Jose goes, the Mets go.

Ike Davis, 2 for 4 with an intentional walk, an RBI and two strikeouts.

Josh Thole, 0 for 4 with a few easy outs to second base and two strikeouts.

Scott Hairston, strikes out again. 7 K’s in 14 AB’s.

Turning Point

When Boyer Blew It.

Game Ball

Chris Young. Great game pitched, sorry about the lack of offense and the overworked bullpen. They killed you.

On Deck

The Mets will begin a serious against the Rockies, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against Jason Hammel. Game time is 7:10 P.M. and hopefully I can take some good pictures from my seats.

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