Mets Game 88: Loss to Dodgers

Dodgers 6 Mets 0

As Meatloaf might have sung, had he recorded a follow-up tune — three out of four ain’t bad.

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee was effective through five frames, then everything fell apart in the sixth. Even when he was pitching well, Gee was hanging his curve, didn’t have great bite on the change, and his fastball command was off. He threw a first-pitch strike to only half of the first 18 batters he faced (through the first five innings) — a habit that eventually caught up with him.

In contrast, Clayton Kershaw was dominating and efficient — he didn’t reach 100 pitches until there was one out in the 8th, and completed 8, allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 9 in a 113-pitch effort. He’s pretty good.

Matt Kemp was clearly looking for, and sitting on, the curveball in this game — and possibly, the entire series. In the sixth inning, he let go two hittable fastballs before taking a big hack at a deuce and eventually jumping all over another curve for his 2-RBI double. Not too many hitters look for breaking stuff; one who I know did it often was Gary Sheffield.

With two outs in the 8th inning, men on first and second, down by 6, and Carlos Beltran at the plate, Ruben Tejada stole third base. Why? No idea. He barely made it safely, and probably could have been called out — it was that close. The excuse is that Tejada is 21 years old, but, that is the type of thing most players learn in their teens — certainly, in the minor leagues.

Next Mets Game

Mets move on to San Francisco to play a three-game weekend series against the Giants. Game one begins at 10:15 PM Eastern Time and pits R.A. Dickey vs. Ryan Vogelsong.

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  1. Joe July 8, 2011 at 7:03 am
    Gary was also upset at another call that he didn’t think “even close.”
  2. Walnutz15 July 8, 2011 at 7:48 am
    Last night may as well have been Verlander: II.

    Kershaw was very tough.

    …which is why I find it very interesting just how many talking heads “expect” 4-game sweeps. Regardless of who’s on the hill, they’re tough to come by – especially on the road. A definite newsflash for some of these idiots on the radio and crappy talk shows on SNY.

    Sloppy game, and definitely got started out on the wrong foot (thanks again, Greg Gibson !@@#$$#%#%%*^*). Chalk it on up.

    RE: Nick Evans

    Whatever it is with this pairing (Mets-Evans) – the timing never seems to be there. Called-up and slotted into the lineup vs. a dealin’ Kershaw…..meanwhile, like you said – Joe – there were more than a few instances recently where it might have made sense to have him manning 1-Bag.

    I just don’t see this as a match. The Mets and Evans have been like the girl you really didn’t want to date, but invited around once in awhile anyway just to see if you could get somethin’ out of the evening…..

    No question, he’s a borderline AAAA-player….but it’s not exactly a situation where his Major League experience has been geared to work his strengths.

    Almost every Met in the lineup last night struck out at least once. This doesn’t excuse Evans from anything, though – and I would expect him to take advantage of this latest call-up when he’s actually slotted in.

    Otherwise, this is probably his final crack with the organization, IMHO.