Mets Game 56: Loss to Nationals
Nationals 7 Mets 6
The Mets come back again. Then give it away. Then come back. Then give it away. Rinse. Repeat.
Mets Game Notes
So, just to be clear, I was at a work event on Tuesday night and didn’t get home until around 11:00 p.m. However, I get the feeling that what I saw of the game — the 11th and 12th innings — was a representative microcosm of the entire contest. Am I right?
It seemed that Scott Hairston had once again pushed the Mets to victory, with his go-ahead homer and three runs scored. But it was not to be, as the last Mets pitcher available was a very shaky Elvin Ramirez, who beyond being nervous was exhausted by the 12th; I doubt he was ready to expend the 46 pitches he did in his 1 2/3 inning outing.
How out of sync / jittery / exhausted was Ramirez? Consider that he nearly allowed the winning run to score from third while issuing an intentional walk. Josh Thole performed unprecedented acrobatics in order to reach for some of his intentional balls; Ramirez resembled Steve Sax or Chuck Knoblauch throwing to 1B. And if that sequence wasn’t enough to convince you something was wrong, it was followed by a bizarre six-pitch unintentional walk to opposing pitcher Ross Detwiler, who attempted to bunt two pitches that were far out of the strike zone. Ramirez’s impersonation of Jorge Julio was so on point that it stunned me to see Xavier Nady take a swing before seeing a strike. Eventually the poor kid settled down, but one can be afforded only so many gifts before the baseball gods finally have to make things even out.
Hairston now has 8 homeruns in 99 ABs / 106 plate appearances, a homer rate one would normally associate with the likes of Mark McGwire. Can he keep it up?
I didn’t see Chris Young but from the boxscore it appears he pitched surprisingly well. What was his velocity like?
I heard enough of Bobby Parnell on the radio to know he was hurt by errors, but wasn’t exactly lights-out.
Looking at the boxscore, Parnell threw 30 pitches, Frankie Francisco 27, and Ramirez 46; my guess is all three are unavailable in game two — and Jon Rauch is out for three days while they wait and see what’s up with his elbow. Will the Mets find a way to call up another arm? Not sure they have the roster room.
When did the Nats get 14 lefthanded relievers? OK it’s not that many but it sure feels like it.
Another 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Ike Davis. This is getting silly. He’s getting to a point where his batting average can’t mathematically go any lower.