Bullpen and Defense Fails Again, Mets Lose Another Heartbreaker 4-3

An article by posted on August 3, 2011

Chris Capuano pitched a great six innings and the Mets defense managed to falter again in their 4-3 loss against the Marlins

Game Notes

Chris Capuano had a great outing after a few bad outing including two against the Marlins. Cap went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two. As has been Capuano’s strong suit, he gave up two long balls to account for two of the four hits he allowed, and he has always been a flyball pitcher. What kills? It was against Omar Infante, who had one homer before todays game.

The bullpen today picked up where it left off yesterday, sending out Manny Acosta for an inning, allowing one hit. Acosta has looked much better and is splitting time with Iggy it seems bridging the middle innings. Bobby Parnell came out and after giving up a single up the middle, proceeded to throw a pitch in the dirt Mike Nickeas couldn’t handle. Parnell bucked up, and struck out Gaby Sanchez on a 101 MPH fastball on the black and Greg Dobbs on a 99 MPH two-seamer that was well outside.

Jason Isringhausen came out for the ninth and walked the leadoff batter, got an out, and then gave up a single. He proceeded to hit John Buck and loaded the bases with two outs. Izzy then proceeded to get a double-play ball, but Turner threw the ball away and allowed two runs to score. Izzy got himself into trouble, and the defense couldn’t save him. Izzy went an inning, gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, walked one, hit one, struck out one.

The bats today managed some hits, but nothing that honestly amounted to major rallies. Jose Reyes sent a ball to deep LF for his fifth HR of the year, a solo shot. David Wright drove in Chris Capuano on an RBI groundout in the fifth. Angel Pagan then had a single in the sixth, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Lucas Duda sac-fly. Manufacturing runs is essential for the Mets to be able to win games.

David Wright – 0 for 4 with an RBI and a strikeout. Can’t hit .400 every game.

Mike Nickeas – 0 for 3 with a K – he actually threw a runner out though, which is something Paulino and Thole haven’t done well/at all.

Angel Pagan – 2 for 4 with a run and a steal. One day he drives you mad, the next day he drives the other team mad.

Scott Hairston – 2 for 4 with a K. Caught stealing, but hey. Good day.

Turning Point

Justin Turner choking in a key situation that could’ve ended the inning in a tie instead of one run down

Game Ball

Chris Capuano did everything he could to keep the Mets in the game against a team that has hit him well.

On Deck

The Mets will end the series with the Marlins on a high note, sending Dillon Gee to the mound to face off against Clay Hensley. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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