David Wright took the blame for last night’s 2-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, telling reporters, “We gave this away.”
The Mets third baseman bobbled a potential double play ball off the bat of Starlin Castro. Then rather than get the lead runner at second base, Wright settled for the out at first, putting the winning run in scoring position with one out in the ninth.
“It just bounced a little more than I thought and it got me in the heel, so I couldn’t field it cleanly,” Wright said.
“It was just one of those ones where you’re thinking two right off the bat. … I’m not sure if we get both outs, but we definitely get the out at second. I wish I could have caught it cleanly.”
Mark Simon of ESPN New York says that the Mets are dead last in the majors in the double-play component of Defensive Runs Saved, also stating, “And it’s not close either.”
The Mets went on to lose the game on Nate Schierholtz’s walk-off RBI single against Scott Rice, and while that was aided by Wright’s flub, the Mets squandered plenty of scoring opportunities long before the ninth inning rolled around.