Matsuzaka Wild And Ineffective, Mets Lose To Phillies, 6-2

An article by posted on August 28, 2013

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Although Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game effectively with only one run through four innings, he racked up 90 pitches and burned out in the fifth inning where he was tagged for three runs before his departure. Matsuzaka was removed after 110 pitches, but only 66 of them were strikes. He walked four batters over his short time on the mound, contributing to his high pitch count and overall struggles Matsuzaka actually hit John Mayberry with the bases loaded to allow a run and Cole Hamels drove in two runs off Carson after him…yeesh. Matsuzaka is the first Mets pitcher to fire 110 pitches without finishing five innings since…Oliver Perez.

Robert Carson allowed a home run to Carlos Ruiz to put the Phillies up 5-1 at the time and they would never look back. They scored another run in the ninth when the Mets made two errors, but that really doesn’t need mentioning…

On the positive side of things, Ike Davis ripped an RBI single off Cole Hamels early in the game to put the Mets up 1-0 early. He was 1-for-4 and struck out in his other three at-bats, however. Andrew Brown, who has been flashing some power recently off the bench for the Mets, doubled home a run in the seventh to make the score 5-2, the closest the Mets would get. Justin Turner, of all players, was the only man to pick up multiple hits for the Mets on this evening.

Hey, at least John Gant of the Brooklyn Cyclones dominated…

Tough loss, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow when we send Carlos Torres to the mound against Ethan Martin. The Mets received some good news today in the shape of Victor Black, who will likely be a nice bullpen piece for the Mets next year. Let’s go get em tomorrow…

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