Mets Game 116: Loss to Phillies
Phillies 4 Mets 0
You can’t blame Pat Misch for this one.
Misch made the most of his first MLB start in 2010, going six innings and allowing only one unearned run on 8 hits and 2 walks. It was far from a spectacular outing, but it was more than acceptable for a AAA journeyman spot starter going up against Roy Halladay.
Unfortunately for Misch, the Mets could neither play defense nor offense on this particular evening. They made three errors that led to three unearned runs, and could manage to reach base only four times in eight innings against Halladay.
Jose Reyes led off the fourth with his 7th triple, but could not be brought home. The Mets are hitting an anemic .212 in the month of August.
The return of Carlos Beltran after the All-Star exhibition was supposed to “spark” the Mets. Still waiting. Similarly, the promotions of Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez were supposed to “bring youthful energy” to the club. Again, still waiting.
Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch the 9th, making an immediate appearance on his first day back after his lengthy suspension. There were some boos upon his entrance, but it wasn’t overwhelming since the most disgruntled Mets fans left the game an inning before when they saw Elmer Dessens take the mound.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets mounted a mild rally against reliever Ryan Madson, loading the bases with two outs. Had the Mets come back and won, K-Rod would’ve been in line for the victory. As much as I’d prefer to see the Mets win, at this point in the season, and with the way I feel about this K-Rod situation, I don’t think I would’ve been able to stomach such an outcome.
By the way, K-Rod apologized to the owners, his teammates, and the fans in a brief press conference prior to the game. There was no apology issued to his common-law wife, her father, nor his children — I guess because doing so might cause him problems in court later on (?). Also no apology to his teammates’ wives and children and every other innocent bystander who had to be subjected to his lack of civility on Wednesday night, but maybe that will come soon.