After losing a pair of battles with the sun on Sunday, Marlon Byrd took the blame following the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the Royals.
“You come to the park and never think you’re going to feel like you’re the reason you lose the game,” Byrd said. “But today, I put that on me.”
Both of Byrd’s botched plays came in the the fifth inning that saw the Royals break the game open with three runs.
“I’ve had enough time in Chicago where I usually know how to play those balls and at least come up with one of them. Can’t misplay two balls especially when you have a guy going well on the mound. Two balls I misplayed that basically killed any momentum Wheeler had. He was throwing the ball well.”
While Terry Collins gave Wheeler some heat for that doomed fifth inning, he went easy on Byrd saying, “My God almighty Marlon Byrd has done nothing but played sensational right field. Today, he proved why playing right field in Citi Field is tough on a bright, sunny day. It’s tough.”
Byrd was not the only one the sun wreaked havoc with as Daniel Murphy also misplayed a shallow popup that dropped a foot to his left for a single.
John Buck also let a Wheeler breaking ball get behind him for a passed ball that allowed the Royals to plate another run.
Byrd has played a solid right field for the Mets for most of the season and deserved a pass, but the fans didn’t see it that way at Citi Field as Byrd was booed loudly after the second dropped fly and then even louder when he struck out with the bases loaded two innings later.