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Tough night for Mets in 7-3 loss to Reds

It was a tough night for the New York Mets (35-30) in their 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds (36-27), as the team not only lost the game but lost outfielder Jason Bay to a possible concussion.

Jason Bay. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

“I am not a doctor, it is tough for me to answer that, all I can tell you is that is what we ran into with Josh Thole’s concussion,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “It wasn’t that necessarily that this one is more serious than the others it is just that since he has had it in the past it becomes a serious issue.”

Bay, who has had one of the roughest careers in the Blue and Orange, suffering multiple injuries since signing a $66 million, four-year contract before the 2010 season. The outfielder, who always has gone all-out on every play, was chasing after an inside the park home run hit by Jay Bruce.

“We can sit down and talk about what it is like to be a player to have all of this pressure on you to perform. It does not matter what he did, it didn’t matter how he played the game, and nothing else mattered except the fact that he is a home run hitter, Collins said. “Jason Bay is a fine baseball player and human being. I just hope he gets out of this okay because I am pretty concerned about it right now.”

On if he has ever come across a player that is more snake bitten Collins had this to say, “I have not, I felt terrible for Jason, as he always does he plays the game all out and never backed out on anything. He didn’t back off the wall, he didn’t back out on the broken ribs, he still played the game the only way he knows how.”

Bruce was one of many Reds hitter that got the best of Mets starter Dillon Gee (L, 4-5) who gave up five hits and two homers in 6.0 innings, while also striking out four batters.

“Yeah I guess so, when he is on he is down in the zone, locating and using all of his pitches. I thought a lot of his pitches were up today early in the game,” Collins said. “I kind of look back when he said that he had that tingly feeling in his arm; that dead arm syndrome and I had hoped that extra day would help. He has thrown a lot of baseballs this year, he hasn’t skipped a start always 110-115 pitches each night there could be a little fatigue there.”

Two bright spots for the Mets were Scott Hairston, who continues to swing a hot bat, with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Hairston now has a homer in five of his last seven home games, while recording 11 RBI’s in these games.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was another power contributor, becoming the latest member to reach the Pepsi Porch in the sixth inning. Nieuwenhuis has three homers in his last two games, and his fourth in the month of June, which leads all major league rookies.

The Mets have hit five homers in their last two games and eight homers in the last six contests, and the team has enjoyed home cooking connecting on at least one home run in eight straight home games, which is the longest stretch in Citi Field.

Collins and company are going to have some major decisions to make though with the injury to Bay. Justin Turner and Ronny Cedeno both went 1-for-4 with a single for the franchises Triple A affiliate in Buffalo.

When asked what the team may do Collins had this to say, “We have enough outfielders right now with (Jordany) Valdespin and (Vinny) Rottino, we have some versatility out there. I don’t know what Sandy’s (Alderson’s) thoughts are there. Justin Turner has played two games and is the candidate to possibly come up since he is a decent hitter off the bench; he has had eight at-bats in two weeks so we will see.”

The Mets and the Reds will meet for Game Two tomorrow as Cincinnati will send out righty Homer Bailey (4-4, 4.35 ERA) to take on lefty Jon Niese (4-2, 3.69 ERA).

Niese was able to earn a victory in his last start over the Reds, in the Mets’ 8-6 victory at the Great American Ballpark on July 26, 2011. The starter recorded 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, earned, six hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

In his last start against the Yankees Niese picked up a no-decision in a 5-4 loss to the Bombers at Yankee Stadium on June 10. The lefty pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk while sitting down six in the 100 pitch effort.

Game Two between the Mets and Reds is slated to air on the FOX network with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Notes: Mets Alumni Edgardo Alfonzo, Jerry Koosman and Cleon Jones represented the Mets Alumni Association, presented by Citi and joined Citi and City Harvest Volunteers in re-packing 25,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and apples on Citi’s 7th Annual Global Community Day.

Mets Draft Picks Gavin Cecchini and Kevin Plawecki were at Citi Field for batting practice. Cecchini was the Mets first round pick (12th overall) while Plawecki was the team’s supplemental first-round selection (35th overall).

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