Monday, July 16, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Padres 5 Mets 1

Another game full of missed opportunities for the Mets. I am really beginning to worry that they are just an old team that can't do the little things to produce runs, prevent runs and it's clear that they cannot hit with men on base. For the last month and a half the Mets have been a .400 team while getting pretty good pitching. I don't see any signs that this is going to end.

The first blown chance came in the second inning. With Sosa on second Reyes beat out an infield hit (watching him race Wells to the bag was hysterical). But Milledge, who has gotten enough key hits to warrant batting second, hit one hard down the line to third, but it was fielded for the third out.

In the fourth the Mets got their run on singles by Wright, Delgado and LoDuca but Green grounded into a double play to end the inning. Another symptom of a slow old team, rally killing double plays.

In the fifth a walk and a single were wasted when Milledge and Beltran left the runners stranded.

The Mets had one more chance in the 7th, Gotay reached base, and Reyes had a 3-0 count against Heath Bell, he took two pitches in a row and on the 3-1 count Gotay got nailed trying to steal, killing a potential rally.

In the bottom of the inning the bullpen blew up. Joe Smith allowed two singles, then Feliciano came in and tried to get the runner at third on a sacrifice bunt. His throw was horrible and luckily it hit the runner to keep it in the infield. They got one force at home, but Reyes couldn't try on the second ground ball, but they did get out of the inning with only one run.

But that was too much against the Padres bullpen. Linebrink and Hoffman shut the Mets down and the Padres added two runs in the bottom of the 8th including a home run by Mike Cameron.

Sosa pitched pretty well coming off the DL, but like so many Mets pitchers recently a good effort was wasted by an absolutely atrocious offense.

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