Mets Game 136: Loss to Cubs

Cubs 5 Mets 3

So much for the winning streak.

Nelson Figueroa was rocked for four runs on seven hits in six innings, and the Mets offense couldn’t unravel the mystery of Rich Harden, as the Flushing nine was beaten for the first time since Wednesday in Colorado.


Figgy wasn’t all that bad, and he struck out 8, but two of his mistakes left the ballpark. Allowing four runs in six innings is about par for the course for a #5 starter.

Rookie sensation Josh Thole rapped another two singles. His swing reminds me of a cross between Pete Rose and Rod Carew. No passed balls and no wild pitches allowed behind the plate; he caught a fairly solid game.

Cory Sullivan knocked one over the fence for the second time in as many days. If he keeps up this rate he could wind up leading the Mets in homers before the end of the month.

The Mets struck out a remarkable 13 times — including 10 whiffs in the first 5 innings against Harden. This is not normal — the Mets are the hardest team to strike out in the NL.

Some of the hometown crowd was thrilled to see Aaron Heilman allow a run, two hits, and a wild pitch in his Citi Field debut. At least some people had something to cheer about.

Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, 3 runs, and 2 homeruns.

The boxscore claims the Mets had ten hits … I must’ve missed nine of them.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match will be played at 1:10 PM on Sunday. Mike Pelfrey pitches against Randy Wells.

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  1. CatchDog September 6, 2009 at 8:37 am
    Funny, Gary and Ron were commenting on Amaris Ramirez “swinging out of his shoes” in his first at bat. Ronnie said that if he was on the hill, he’d take that kind of swing personally and his next pitch would be up around the chin.

    They said the same thing about Derrick Lee and his leaning out over the plate.

    End result; two moonshot upper-deckers for Lee and a two run shot for Ramirez in his next at bat. All of the Cubs runs were as a result of these jacks.

    Figgy needs to learn that he owns BOTH sides of the plate. He simply cannot live on the outer half.

    Perhaps Nelson should watch some old video of Tom Seaver or Nolan Ryan.