Mets Game 76: Loss to Brewers
Brewers 6 Mets 3
One for the thumb … the Mets have now lost five in a row.
Career minor leaguer Mike Burns held the Mets to two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 to earn his first MLB victory in his second MLB start, while ace Johan Santana struggled with his command and his composure through six lacluster innings, as the Mets found yet another new way to lose.
The Mets actually jumped ahead 2-0 in the first frame thanks to David Wright’s two-run homer, but that was the extent of the offensive output for the evening.
The turning point in the game came in the bottom of the fourth. It all began when Santana walked opposing pitcher Mike Burns. Then, a Corey Hart fly ball dropped safely as Fernando Martinez slipped and fell flat on his face (no error charged), putting men on second and third. J.J. Hardy followed with another walk to load the bases. Supermensch Ryan Braun ripped a double to left to clear the bases, and advanced to third on the throw to home. The throw home went past catcher Omir Santos, and Santana –backing up the play — fired the ball to third in an attempt to nab the overly aggressive Braun. However the ball sailed over David Wright’s head and into left field, allowing Braun to score easily. It was an ugly, demoralizing ten seconds that ended the Mets’ hopes for the contest. Unfortunately, we as fans had to endure five more lifeless frames before being put out of our misery.
Santana finishes with a 6.19 ERA for the month of June. In case you’re wondering, it’s the worst month of his MLB career as a starting pitcher.
As Ron Darling pointed out in the postgame, Santana has walked the opposing pitcher SIX TIMES this season. That’s inexcusable.
Hank Hill … er, Dan Warthen … was thrown out of the game for jawing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf. Apparently the two men had contrasting interpretations of the strike zone.
Am I the only one growing tired of Johan Santana’s attitude toward his teammates? He glared at F-Mart after the infamous fly ball off Hart’s bat … but it was Santana who walked the pitcher to set up the inning (and Hardy a few minutes later). For those who forgot, it was Santana who threw Daniel Murphy under the bus earlier in the season for a dropped fly ball. Leaders don’t get down on teammates who are making an honest effort … no one is perfect (as evidenced by Santana’s walks).
Bright spots, bright spots … hmm … well, Fernando Martinez clubbed his first MLB homer in the top of the ninth, when the game was long gone. David Wright went 3-for-4. Ryan Church had another two hits. Nick Evans made a few nice plays at first and slashed a double. That’s about it.
Since my father-in-law refuses to watch any more Mets games with me, I have a quote instead from my wife, which came after witnessing the debacle also known as the bottom of the fourth inning:
“At least the Mets are entertaining, and isn’t that what baseball is about? Entertainment?”
Next Mets Game
The series finale will begin at 2:05 PM, with Mike Pelfrey facing Yovani Gallardo.
Another quote from my wife, in regard to the afternoon start time:
“So less people will see us lose?”