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Rough loss for Mets as they fall to Cubs: 5-4

On Bark in the Park day at Citi Field the New York Mets (71-74) suffered a rough one-run loss to the Chicago Cubs (63-82) on Saturday afternoon baseball. The Mets gave up two runs in the top of the ninth innings, for their fifth loss when leading after eight innings.

New York committed a season-high four errors today, which is the most the team has had since August 4, 2010 at Atlanta. The last time the Mets won and committed four errors was July 27, 2000 vs. Montreal.

In what is normally the anchor point for the Mets, it was the left side of the infield that committed both the errors as David Wright and Jose Reyes weren’t able to handle the combined four missed plays. For both it is a season-high in errors.

“I got caught in between and was trying to retreat, trying to catch and throw and just clanked it,” Wright said the second error that gave up the eventual game-winning run for the Cubs. “It is one of those things where you go from that though of-we stole one and we got to Kerry Wood and a good bullpen, to your in trouble the next half inning. It was a seesaw game; obviously it was one we wanted to win.”

Reyes had this to say of the game, “It was a little crazy, I made some mistakes today and it cost us those runs early on.”  The shortstop continued to say, “We feel like though that we were able to comeback and that was huge-but the errors happen…they are a part of the game.”

Chicago scored on the first errant play of the game, as a knuckling line drive by Chicago second baseman Jeff Baker just got by the leaping grab of Reyes. The normally steady shortstop made his second error in the game in the top of the fifth, which gave the Cubs the 2-0 lead.

The Cubs scored one last run in the top of the eighth to take, what seemed like a commanding 3-0 lead. That was until the bottom of the eighth inning-when the Cardiac kids struck back.

Pinch hitter Willie Harris started the comeback frame by working out a walk, and scored on a Reyes double (29) to right field. With that double, Jose now extends his hitting streak to a season high-tying and a team high-tying 12 games.

David Wright and Jason Bay capped the comeback effort by lacing RBI singles, which gave New York the 4-3 lead.

Just needing three outs to get the victory, Mets manager Terry Collins called in Bobby Parnell for the save attempt. It was a rough outing for the flame-thrower as things began with an errant play by Wright. Eventually the stage was set for Chicago star Aramis Ramirez, who recorded his team high-tying 10th game-winning RBI this season, with his single to right field.

“It was a tough situation there, I just want to make them to hit the ball somewhere,” Parnell said after the game. “I got a ground ball today, unfortunately it just found a hole and there is nothing you can do about it. I felt like I pitched well, I was able to get three ground balls and a strikeout-you take away the double and the majority of the time that is the inning. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

The Mets will look to rebound, on what is to be a very emotional day for everyone involved, as the members of the team, management and staff will take time to remember the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Taking the hill for the Mets on the emotion filled day will be starter Miguel Batista (4-2, 3.92 ERA), the Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (8-10, 3.52 ERA). The first pitch is slated for 8:10 p.m.

Bark in the Park note: Prior to the game against the Cubs on 9/10/11 the New York Mets held ‘Bark in the Park’ night to benefit the North Shore Animal League America.  It was a smashing success as 332 dogs were in attendance today.

The original story was posted on the Examiner.com site on 9/10/11 and can be seen here:

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