Mets Game 110: Loss to Cubs

Cubs 6 Mets 2

If not for one inning, the Mets might have won this game.

John Maine started out the game well, retiring the first six batters he faced. However, the third inning went much differently.

Jacque Jones doubled to lead off the third, and Jason Kendall walked. Ted Lilly then attempted a sacrifice, but Jones was thrown out at third by Carlos Delgado. (That was the most aggressive play I’ve ever seen by Delgado, BTW.) Things were looking really good when Alfonso Soriano followed with a grounder back to Maine, who had plenty of time to turn a double play. However, he bobbled the ball, and was only able to get Soriano out at first. No harm done — there were then two outs and no one scored — but Maine completely lost focus after botching the DP, and proceeded to have a meltdown of epic proportions.

First, Ryan Theriot reached safely on an infield hit to short, scoring Kendall (it was a REALLY close play at first — the replay showed he was probably out, in which case the inning would have ended right then and there). Then Maine walked Derrek Lee to load the bases. He then walked Aramis Ramirez to score Lilly, and hit Cliff Floyd to score Theriot. Mark DeRosa followed with a two-run single, and Jacque Jones singled in another run before Maine was finally replaced by Aaron Sele, who induced a flyout from Kendall to end the inning.

Ted Lilly had great command of his fastball all game, jamming up batters inside as the main part of his strategy. He didn’t walk a batter until the eighth inning, and allowed only two runs on seven hits — both runs the result of Moises Alou solo homers.

Notes

In the top of the eighth, with Alou on first and David Wright on second and two out, Damion Easley struck out on a check swing and the ball got away from catcher Jason Kendall. Instead of running, Easley stood there and argued with the home plate umpire. I know, I’m nitpicking as the at-bat meant nothing, but, c’mon Damion — get your butt in gear and head down the line! You never know, maybe Kendall rushes the throw and throws it down the rightfield line and Wright scores. At least do something other than stand there and wait to be tagged.

Lastings Milledge struck out looking twice on ball that were close enough to hack at. I hope he’s not getting two-strike advice from Carlos Beltran.

Next Game

Tom Glavine takes his second shot at #300, going against Jason Marquis in an 8:05 PM start. The game is carried by ESPN, which means you still have to put the game on “mute” but at least it won’t be the camera crew from “The Blair Witch Project”. That Fox telecast made me seasick. Another benefit: the San Francisco Giants game will be long over, so no “look ins” of Barroid Bonds.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. The Adjunct Professor August 4, 2007 at 9:35 pm
    Interesting you should talk about the Damion Easley situation. I seem to recall in 1974, the final game of the season between the Cubs and Pirates, with two out in the ninth, the Pirate batter struck out but the catcher dropped the ball. The Cubs should have won, thus forcing the Cardinals to make up a game a few days earlier that was rained out (if the Cards won that one, the Pirates and Cards would have had to have a playoff to see who move on to division play).

    The Pirate batter who struck out made it to first and the Pirates went on to win that game and clinch first place in the NL East. In other words, you are right, you never know what might happen, and of course you run out the play!

  2. joe August 5, 2007 at 8:23 am
    thanks for that recollection, Prof! It was one not in my memory banks.

    Well this K will be long forgotten, since Easley didn’t move. So we’ll never know ..

  3. isuzudude August 5, 2007 at 10:50 am
    Three predictions regarding Joe Morgan’s broadcast tonight:

    1. Joe will comment, citing his 2007 performance, that Lastings Milledge deserves to be the Mets starting CF, even when Carlos Beltran comes back from injury. John Miller will ask Joe for his rationale, considering Marlon Anderson is starting in CF vs. Jason Marquis, and Joe will reply, “well, that platoon makes sense because they’re both black.” John will realize Joe didn’t answer his question, but decides it’s best just to end the conversation.

    2. After witnessing a comebacker to Glavine on the mound, Joe will remark how well Tommy fields his position, which is the reason why he won all those gold gloves in Atlanta. John will remind Joe that was actually Greg Maddux who won gold gloves in Atlanta, not Glavine. Joe will reply, “yes…and atlanta is the same place where Hank Aaron set his all-time home run record. by the way, how did barry bonds do today?”

    3. After a long fly ball lands in the ivy and becomes ensnarled, giving a batter a ground rule double, Joe will want to know why the defender didn’t find the ball and play it live. John will say those are the ground rules, to which Joe will say “we;;, if those are the ground rules, why was that ball in the air for so long?”

    mark my words.

  4. joe August 5, 2007 at 10:55 pm
    isuzudude, I’m pretty sure I heard at least two of those Morganisms this evening … LOL !