Thursday, July 19, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Padres 5 Mets 4

A tough loss for the Mets because they had a chance to win, but there was a bright spot...because they had a chance to win.

I'll quickly fast forward through the action so I can get to my point.

John Maine had another rough start, he gave up 2 runs in the first inning after allowing 4 in the first in his last start. Later he allowed two solo home runs to make it a 4-0 deficit.

The Mets couldn't get anything off Greg Maddux who struck out the side in the first inning, but for some reason only pitched 5 innings and 65 pitches. He told Bud Black that he was tired and he felt something in his left hamstring.

Delgado got one run back in the 7th inning with a home run. Mike Cameron jumped so high, almost grabbed it, it glanced off his glove and over the fence.

Then in the 8th inning it seemed like another listless performance by the Mets offense. Gary Cohen and Ron Darling were discussing how last year a 3 run lead late seemed easy to overcome. Now once the Mets get behind by even one run it seems insurmountable. And I felt the same way, it's like the team knows they can't win. But as soon as Ron Darling said "you never feel like it's going to happen until it does," Linebrink walked two guys and gave up the game tying home run to Wright on the first pitch.

In typical Mets fashion the huge moment was negated by Joe Smith who had no control and promptly gave the Padres back the lead and the win in the next inning.

But I think there might be a silver lining here. Even though this was a tough loss and a little hard to take, I think this result is better than losing 4-1. At least the Mets showed some life and some fire by getting back into the game. And David Wright has been hitting very well lately, if just one more guy could start hitting I think the offense could turn this around.

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