Get your minds out of the gutter Metsmerizers, the BS is for “blown save”… I don’t usually get asked to do these game recaps so this will be anything but typical.
Despite a somewhat solid effort from starting pitcher Chris Capuano, and an almost valiant comeback attempt led by the resurgent Jason Bay, the Mets still found a way to hand the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory this afternoon at Citi Field.
David Wright and Jose Reyes combined for four errors which led to three unearned runs for the Cubs, but the most egregious of those errors happened in the ninth inning after the Mets fought back to take a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Wright got eaten up by an easy grounder by Geovany Soto to lead off the inning and that ill-timed miscue would set the tone for what would be another meltdown by closer Bobby Parnell.
“I was trying to retreat and catch and throw and just clanked it,” said Wright
Pinch-hitter Bryan LaHair then greeted Parnell with a double to put runners at second and third. After registering two outs, the Cubs’ best hitter Aramis Ramirez came up to the plate and rather than walking him with first base open, they chose to pitch to him and the rest was history.
Parnell would later say, “I felt like I threw well. Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way.” For the Mets closer, it was his third blown save in his last four chances and his fifth of the season. He’s not exactly cutting the mustard in his new role.
Capuano pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six. He kept the Mets in the game for the most part until giving way to the bullpen.
Jason Bay’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning, his second hit of two hits, temporarily gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. Lucas Duda and Wright also had a couple of hits on the day.
Tomorrow will be a big day for many reasons as the Mets conclude the series on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Miguel Batista will take on the Cubs’ Matt Garza at 8:05 PM on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Just win, baby…