It was a rough end to an otherwise exceptional series for the New York Mets as the failed to complete the four game sweep of the Dodgers, with poor pitching and sloppy defense being the name of the game as they fell by a lopsided score of 8-3.
Dillon Gee got the nod for New York and labored through his outing to say the least. After Scott Hairston gave the Mets an early lead in the top of the inning with an RBI single, Gee quickly gave it right back, allowing AJ Ellis to score after he had doubled earlier in the inning to make it a 1-1 ballgame. Then after the Mets got him a 3-1 lead, Gee handed that back to them, although this time the result of shoddy defense. After Cedeno dropped a would be forceout at second and Turner literally dropped the ball at first, two unearned runs would score to re-tie the game at three a piece. Come bottom six, James Loney grounded out following an Adam Kennedy double to score Juan Rivera and hand L.A. the lead for good. Gee ended the evening with a final line of six innings pitched, four runs allowed (two earned) on five hits and two walks while punching out four, taking the loss to fall to 5-7 on the season.
The game just got uglier and uglier from this point. Ramon Ramirez put two men on before giving way to Justin Hampson who walked a batter to loade the bases up for Juan Rivera. Facing Miguel Batista, Rivera hit a grounder back to Batista and Nickeas missed the throw, allowing two runners to score to make it 6-3. Then after a sac fly by Adam Kennedy to score Bobby Abreu, James Loney ripped an RBI double to right to put the game out of reach, making it a 8-3 ballgame. No runs were earned in the inning but a devastating one nonetheless.
The Mets offense started out strong but then faded as the game went on. Scoring in the first on the aforementioned Scott Hairston RBI single and then cashing in twice on two errors by Dee Gordon in the the third, the lineup appeared to be getting to Clayton Kershaw.
However once the defense failed the Mets so too did the offense, not even scraping together a hit in the final two innings of the ballgame and looking completely overmatched by Kershaw after hitting him relatively well in the opening innings.
A sloppy game all around as the Mets come home to play the division rival and resident basement dwelling Philadelphia Phillies.
– Mike Nickeas’ error in the ninth was the Mets’ NL-worst 63rd error of the season.
– Ruben Tejada went 2-for-3 in the game with a walk and a run scored.
– For what it’s worth, Jeremy Hefner pitched a scoreless eighth in relief in the loss.
– The snubbed should-be starter for the All-Star game, David Wright, went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the loss, and is now batting .354 on the year. In comparison, Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 and is now hitting an even .300. Who do you think should be starting the all-star game at third?
– Jason Bay will hit off a tee this week in New York, after which the team’s medical staff will determine when he will go to Port St. Lucie to begin his rehab.
– Terry Collins is considering having Johan Santana make the team’s first start after the All-Star break on Friday, July 13, against the Braves in Atlanta.
The Mets have an off day tomorrow but will pick things up Tuesday at home against the Phillies starting at 7:10 pm.