Jon Niese got hit hard in this one to the tune of 4 earned runs in 4 innings. He gave up 8 hits including a 3-run triple by Erik Aybar in the second inning that started to put the game out of reach. He just didn’t have it today. And Manny Acosta came in for the sixth and seventh innings and threw gas on the fire by allowing two solo homers. One was by light-hitting catcher Jeff Mathis and the other was by struggling Vernon Wells.
The Mets offense couldn’t get anything going against rookie Tyler Chatwood. All 3 runs they scored were in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Bobby Cassevah. So the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
The Mets lose the home series and this is a bad one. Losing to a west coast team in inter-league play is a horrible series loss. The Mets are off tomorrow and the awful A’s come to town on Tuesday for three games.
The Mets lost a tough one behind a solid game by Mike Pelfrey. He went 7 innings and only allowed 2 runs. The Mets just couldn’t get anything going against Paul Maholm. He threw 7 scoreless innings. And when they did get something going, it was sabotaged like when Daniel Murphy got picked off second base. It always boggles my mind when guys with no speed wander too far off second base. It was another stupid play by Murphy.
The Mets bullpen didn’t look great either. Manny Acosta gave up 3 hits in 0.1 innings and Tim Byrdak walked in a run.
The Mets split the series with the Pirates and head to Atlanta for three games.
R.A. Dickey had another tremendous game going 8 innings allowing 1 run. Even on a bad foot he was dealing. He only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk. The bullpen tried to give it back in the ninth but the Mets held on for the win and take the series from the Braves.
Manny Acosta gave up a walk and a double in the ninth. Terry Collins brought in K-Rod because he’d seen enough of Acosta in his first game back from Buffalo. K-Rod gave up a 3-run homer to the first batter he faced to make the score 6-4. But he struck out Chipper Jones to hold on for the win and get another game finished toward his vesting option.
The Mets offense was solid with 10 hits and 5 walks in the game. It was more of Jose Reyes tonight going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI. He raised his season average to .337 and continues to be on fire.
Carlos Beltran left the game after fouling a ball off his right leg.
The Mets will activate Ryota Igarashi from the disabled list today. Manny Acosta is the one that will lose his roster spot. He’ll be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The surprise is that Jenrry Mejia isn’t the one being optioned. There have been rumors all week that he was going to Buffalo to stretch out in an effort to come back at some point as a starter.
Not so surprising is that Oliver Perez won’t go to the minors. He’s dead weight on the roster right now. The word is that he told the Mets that he’s not interested in going to the minors to work out his problems.
Acosta has pitched pretty well for the Mets in 12 games this season. He hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances. But he has allowed 50% of his inherited runners to score.
Perez gave up a leadoff homer and I thought we were in for another long night. Uncharacteristically, Perez kept it together and pitched a solid 6 innings only giving up 2 runs. His pitch count was good and he only gave up 4 hits and 1 walk. That was very positive.
The Mets had 9 hits including 3 doubles in the game and RBI’s from Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes.