The New York Mets (47-49) lost for the second consecutive day in extra innings, this time an 8-2 decision to the Washington Nationals (56-39) in MLB action on Monday night. New York is now 1-5 in extra frames, while losing for the 10thtime in 11 games today.
“There is not much you can do except put guys in spots where you think they can get people out. Bobby Parnell, Jon Rauch, Josh Edgin all did a nice job. We should have gotten that double play to get out of the 10th inning and then after that we needed to make pitches,” said Mets manager Terry Collins after the game. “When I went out there Josh (Thole) said that the ball was in the middle of the plate and good teams will hammer those pitches. The two breaking balls to Lombardozzi and Harper were up and if they were down they would have been ground balls.”
Thus far the month of July has not been a friendly one to the Mets, as the team is now 4-13 in the dog days of summer. New York also does not like to play in extra innings against their NL East rivals, the Nationals as the Mets are 0-3 this season.
The latest tough loss came when Tim Byrdak (2-2) was on the hill; the left hand specialist was trying to use the force to will his way through pitching four days in a row. Byrdak made the pitch he wanted but a double play attempt was dropped by shortstop Ruben Tejada,
Tejada was spiked pretty bad during the course of the play, but seemed as if he could make the play to end the inning. The flood gates opened from there as the Nationals plated six runs to win the game.
“Ruben was spiked pretty badly; he has got two pretty good sized cuts. I don’t know what made him drop the ball,” said Collins on the play. “It was Byrdak’s fifth day in a row; we wanted him to face a couple of guys –that moment was a big turning point.”
On if the shortstop will have to miss any time Collins had this to say, “Obviously we are going to get him looked at and there maybe a couple of stitches needed, we will see how he is tomorrow, but most likely he will get a day off.”
Washington was able to get on the scoreboard early, as phenom Bryce Harper hit a two-run shot in the first inning. David Wright and Ike Davis responded with homers in the bottom of the fifth and seventh innings respectively to tie the game up for New York.
It was the misplay by Tejada and meltdown by the Mets pen, which allowed for this latest game to get away.
Right now there just seems to be a grey cloud hanging over Citi Field, as the frustration is seen on the faces of the players and heard through the voices of the Orange and Blue faithful.
There is one possible ray of light at prospect Matt Harvey has joined the squad, it should be interesting to see if the starter can be the boost of energy the team needs to jump start the second half of the season.
Another possible person to jump start the second half will be Game Two starter R.A. Dickey (13-1, 2.72 ERA). The knuckleball specialist will take on Gio Gonzalez (12-5, 3.32 ERA) on Tuesday, and has been the stopper of the team as of late.
Game Two between the Mets and Nationals will air on the SNY network with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m.
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