The Mets (36-42) lost to the Athletics (48-30) by a score of 8-5 on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and, coming off of the best start of his career, put up the worst start of his career. Wheeler allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 2 innings, striking out 4 and being pulled for a pinch-hitter after throwing just 48 pitches.
Oakland jumped on Wheeler in the top of the 1st, as Brandon Moss‘ 2-run shot put the Mets behind before they even had a chance to hit.
Wheeler quickly put himself in a jam to start the 2nd, walking Josh Reddick and giving up a hit to Alberto Callaspo. After the pitcher Brad Mills struck out, Coco Crisp lined a single into center to make it 3-0 Oakland. John Jaso then walked to load the bases, and Yoenis Cespedes broke the game open with a bases-clearing double to put the A’s up 6-0. Zack recovered and struck out the next 2 hitters, but the damage had been done.
The Mets tried to rally in the bottom of the 2nd, getting singles from Eric Campbell and Curtis Granderson to set the table. However, Chris Young and Travis d’Arnaud each popped out in foul ground. After Ruben Tejada singled to right to load the bases with 2 outs, Terry Collins decided to pull the plug on Wheeler and sent Wilmer Flores to hit in his place. Flores hit a hard liner to left, but Cespedes got there easily to end the threat.
Dana Eveland came in to replace Wheeler and pitched well, going 3 innings and allowing 1 run on a solo shot from Coco Crisp in the 4th. Gonzalez Germen was next and went 2 innings, allowing a run to come home on a double-play in the 6th.
After d’Arnaud and Tejada singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th, Terry brought in Lucas Duda to pinch hit, despite the pitcher Mills being left-handed. Duda made Terry look good by hitting a 3-run shot to right-center to make it 8-3.
The Mets struck again in the bottom of the 8th, when Grandy doubled and Chris Young hit his 3rd homer in the past 2 games to make it 8-5.
However, the Mets did not have a miracle in them tonight, and when down 1-2-3 in the 9th to settle for a split in their 2-game set with Oakland.
Well, that sucked. Wheeler was incredible his last time out but the Athletics were all over him in this game. The bullpen did a solid job to keep the game in reach, but it’s hard to win when your starter has a dreadful outing.
The bats took awhile to start producing tonight, but 5 runs will get the job done on most nights. The Mets look a bit more homer-happy lately, and it’s about damn time some of these balls started leaving the ballpark. Hopefully the offense keeps this up.
Granderson has been raking lately. He went 3-for-4 tonight and the only out he made was an absolute screamer which just happened to find a glove. It took a while for him to get going, but he’s certainly rolling right now.
The A’s are the best team in baseball. A split with them isn’t so bad.
Up Next: The Mets will head to Pittsburgh to begin a 4-game set with the Pirates. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1, 2.68 ERA) will face Vance Worley (1-0, 1.98 ERA) at 7:05 PM. Gary, Keith, and Ron will probably rave about the Pirates’ ballpark about 3 times per inning this weekend. Buckle up!