Mets Game 119: Loss to Astros
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Ace starter Johan Santana pitched another complete game, but hurled less than 9 frames, allowed 4 runs, and was saddled with a loss.
Does anyone care?
All 4 runs Santana gave up were earned, as he allowed 9 hits, one walk, and struck out 7. Not a bad appearance by any means, but not nearly good enough to win when your offense comes from Flushing. Johan was bit by the longball, as he allowed two homers by Hunter Pence — a three-run job in the first frame, and a solo shot in the 8th. Had Pence sat out, the Mets might’ve won this one.
Meanwhile, David Wright looks to be out of his slump, as he blasted his 18th homer of the season.
Jose Reyes and Josh Thole each went 2-for-4, and Santana stroked one of the Mets’ 8 hits.
Former Met Nelson Figueroa went five frames and allowed only one earned run on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. The Houston bullpen took over from there and former Yankee prospect Mark Melancon was the recipient of the victory after blowing a 3-2 lead by allowing Wright’s tater in the top of the 8th. Sometimes there isn’t any justice in this system of wins and losses.
The Mets are now one game under .500. To put that into perspective, the Wild Card-leading Phillies are 16 games over .500. There are 43 games left in the season. You do the math.
Next Mets Game
Game three begins at 8:05 PM on Wednesday night. R.A. Dickey faces Brett Myers.
That certainly is a good question, Joe.
A lot of my friends are so disgusted with The Mets at this point, they are looking forward to football. And those are not the “meaningful games in September” that Mr. Wilpon had in mind when he uttered that ridiculous phrase years ago.