Mets Game 116: Loss to Reds
Reds 3 Mets 0
The team from Queens falls to the team in the Queen City.
Mets Game Notes
Have to give Chris Young credit for keeping the Big Red Machine scoreless through five and two-thirds. The Reds whacked balls against the outfield fence so many times, I thought it was going to fall down. But every time they did, it was with no one on base and usually with two outs, and Young found a way to wiggle out of trouble. There were several rallies mounted by the Reds, but they just couldn’t get the “big hit” to break open the ballgame.
Unfortunately, the Mets offense couldn’t take advantage of their pitchers preventing Reds runs. There were a few opportunities that were squelched by big defensive plays by the Reds defenders.
I wouldn’t necessarily term this a “pitchers’ duel.” Rather, it was one of those games where a team was about to bust it open, but something would happen to end the inning — be it a “web gem” or a sharply hit double play. In the end, it was the Reds who kept pushing the envelope on offense, and eventually came out on top.
The Reds were 1-for-10 with RISP, and left 14 men on base. the Mets were 0-for-8 with RISP, leaving ten on base. The Mets had only six hits but walked four times. However, the Reds had 18 baserunners in the ballgame — 11 by hits and 7 by way of the walk. Hard to win when you allow two baserunners per inning.
How bad is Manny Acosta? What in the world was he doing starting the ninth inning? I get that the “rule” is to hold your closer until you have a lead, but what is Acosta even doing on the roster? When he enters the game it’s like waving the white flag.
Tough situation for Josh Edgin to walk into. Essentially, he had to strike out at least the first two batters he faced, or get really lucky with an infield popup or groundout. It was only a matter of time, and luckily for us Mets fans, the agony wasn’t dragged out.
The photo above, by the way, is the fateful last pitch by Edgin to Jay Bruce. I’m in the Queen City visiting my nephew, and took the shot from the left field stands. On a positive note, the Cincinnati fans are incredibly nice.
Don’t look now, but the Phillies are exactly one game behind the Mets in the standings. The Phillies that conducted a mini-fire sale at the deadline.