Mets Game 66: Loss to Rays

Rays 3 Mets 1

As expected, it was an epic battle between two fierce competitors. Unfortunately for the Mets, James Shields was just a bit better than Johan Santana.

Both starters went 7 innings (Santana went 7 and a third), and both allowed only three hits. However, Shields allowed one run while Santana gave up two, and that was the difference in the ballgame.

Jason Bartlett and Gabe Kapler hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth frame, and Carlos Pena led off the seventh with a solo homer to center to give the Rays the lead. Ben Zobrist hit another solo shot in the ninth off Sean Green to provide the insurance run.

The only Mets score came in the second inning, when Omir Santos doubled in Ryan Church.

Notes

The Mets mustered four hits and did not walk once in 31 trips to the plate.

David Wright saw only nine pitches in four at-bats.

Bobby Parnell allowed one hit and one walk to the only two batters he faced in the game.

The good news was that Santana had some of his velocity back; he hit 93-94 with his fastball.

The game was played in soggy conditions and was delayed for over an hour during the 8th inning.

Those fans who were not near a TV and attempted to watch the game on MLB.com were greeted by a nationwide blackout restriction. Way to go, MLB!

Next Mets Game

The rubber match will be played at 1:10 PM on Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. Mike Pelfrey goes against Jeff Niemann in a battle of giants.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. micalpalyn June 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm
    we need a new hitting coach.
  2. isuzudude June 21, 2009 at 9:05 am
    mic: the Mets have a .277 team batting average, tied for 3rd-best in baseball. They are also at .278 with runners in scoring position, 4th best in the bigs. Reviewing those numbers, why does Howard Johnson deserve to lose his job?

    If not for the rain delay this game might have taken just an hour and a half to complete.

    Why bother with a 7-man bullpen anymore? With the way Jerry manages, Omar should just carry 4 guys in the pen and carry 3 additional position players. It’s obvious Stokes, Takahashi, and Switzer are never getting into the game unless a plane crash kills the other 4 relievers.

  3. micalpalyn June 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    sorry post game frustration………..
  4. micalpalyn June 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    But in light of todays bullpen/ fathers’ day massacre…i’m interested in your solutions..

    I mean i’m sure pedro lite had the day off…until BP just hit the wall again.

  5. gary s June 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm
    turn out the lights, the party’s over..4 consecutive lost series.we are now the classic mediocre team.when we score, we get no pitching and vice versa.and albert pujols is coming to town.i have a ticket for tuesday..OH,THE PAIN!!!just saw manuel on sny say perez and maine could be back in a week.not sure if that makes us better or worse.