After two straight late game comebacks by the Mets the past two nights, the Mets finally came back down to Earth with a 6-4 loss tonight to the San Diego Padres.
Coming off a Lucas Duda walk-off single two nights ago, and a Ruben Tejada game winning walk in the eighth inning of last night’s game, the Mets had high hopes coming into the third of four games against the Padres at Citi Field.
R.A. Dicky started off very shaky, allowing a sac fly in the top of the first by Jason Bartlett to allow the Padres to jump ahead 1-0 early. The Padres struck again with two more runs in the top of the second inning, with Luis Martinez and Will Venable both hitting RBI singles, which gave the PAdres a 3-0 lead. Dickey’s troubles, however, still weren’t over. He gave up two more runs the next inning, with Logan Forsythe doubleing to left center, and Alberto Gonzalez hitting a sac fly that scored the fifth Padre run.
Overall, R.A. was not good. He settled down in the fourth, fifth and sixth, keeping the Padres scoreless for the rest of his outing. He finished with six innings pitched, five runs (three earned) on six hits on just 81 pitches. His counterpart, Aaron Harang, who was 10-3 coming into the game, was much better, holding the Mets scoreless until the fourth when, you R.A. Dickey helped himself out with an RBI single to reduce the deficit to four runs.
It still looked bleak for the Mets, with the TV guys mentioning that even with great comebacks the past two nights, the Mets till don’t have the greatest of offenses. They were right.
The Mets attempted a comeback in the sixth. Josh Thole hit a long double off the base of the center field wall in the sixth with one out. Two batters later, Nick Evans, hitting for R.A. Dickey, drove Thole home with a double of his own. Jason Pridie then singled to center, scoring Evans from second. However, the Mets would take their comeback no further, with Justin Turner ending the inning on a pop fly to Kyle Blanks in left field.
The offense was counting on the bullpen to keep the game close, but once again, they failed. Pedro Beato came in to relieve R.A. Dickeyt and start the second, and pitched two solid innings, but gave up a run in the seventh on a Cameron Maybin sac fly, which extended the Padre lead to 6-3. However, Beato pitched a scoreless eighth and had a decent outing overall. He kept his pitch count low and only walked one batter. The Mets attempted another comeback in the bottom of the eighth, scoring a run on a Willie Harris RBI single, but the comeback was again cut short by the Padre bullpen. In the ninth, the apparent future go-to guy in late innings came in to pitch. Bobby Parnell struggled from the beginning, immediately giving up a single to James Darnell to start off the inning. He then struck out a batter, but allowed an RBI groundout in the next at-bat, to give the Padres a 7-4 lead. Jose Guzman, the net batter, singled to right center and later stole home, scoring the Padres ninth and final run of the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Heath Bell game in, and pulled a K-Rod. allowing a run on an error by Logan Forsythe that scored Jason Bay. However, Forsythe redeemed himself y making an amazing play to end the game, where he umped up and snagged a hard Willie Harris line drive.
A ton of baserunners got on for the Mets, but they just couldn’t drive them in. I said before the game that the Met offense needs to step up, because they can’t rely on top-notch relievers to falter every game. It’s just not going to happen.
NOTE: Angel Pagan left the game early with back spasms. He was replaced by Jason Pridie.