Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Mets get swept in the desert

The New York Mets lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon by the score of 5-3. Chris Capuano made the start and did what he normally does, he pitched ok. He didn’t pitch great but he didn’t pitch terrible. He is pretty consistent where he will give you six average innings. The bullpen pitched well other then Ryota Igarashi who had a rough game. Angel Pagan and Lucas Duda led the offense.
Capuano saw his record fall to 9-11. He pitched six innings giving up nine hits and four runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Manny Acosta pitched an inning walking one and striking out two, Igarashi didn’t record an out and gave up a hit, run and two walks and Tim Byrdak faced one batter and got him out. Pedro Beato faced two batters and retired both of them.

Pagan had three hits, Justin Turner had a hit, RBI and a walk and David Wright had a hit. Duda had two hits, two RBI and a walk, Jason Pridie had a hit and Ruben Tejada had a walk. Wright, Turner and Pagan each had a double. Duda hit a homerun and Pagan had a stolen base. Pridie was caught stealing. The Mets were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a solo homerun by Duda. In the bottom of the fourth Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI double to tie the game at one. Capuano threw a wild pitch allowing a run to score and giving the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning Turner hit an RBI double and Duda hit an RBI single to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth the Diamondbacks tied the game on a solo homerun from Justin Upton. In the bottom of the sixth the Diamondbacks took the lead for good. Henry Blanco the former Met hit an RBI double. In the eighth Blanco had an RBI walk to make it 5-3 diamondbacks and that would be the final run of the game.

The Mets got swept in the three game series in Arizona. The Mets record dropped to 58-62 on the season. The Mets got to the desert and were calling the road trip, huge, big, important, whatever adjective you can think of. They have left the desert in a different mood as they are further out of contention then they have been all season long. The Mets vowed to keep fighting though no matter what. The Mets have averaged exactly four runs over their last 14 games. The Mets with 42 games left to play are 20 ½ games behind the division leading Phillies and now 11 ½ behind the Braves for the wild card. Their season is essentially over so it is time to look towards 2012. There are lots of reasons to feel optimistic, but they want to finish strong here to have a good feeling going into spring training. The Mets now head to San Diego to continue the road trip.

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