Sunday, August 14, 2011

Game #120: D'backs 5, Mets 3

Phoenix, Arizona lies in the middle of the desert. Things dry up in the desert. Like the Mets' offense.

New York managed one hit in the final three innings and couldn't overcome the bats of the Diamondbacks, who beat the Mets and swept the series, 5-3.

The Bad Stuff:
  • The Mets had the lead in the middle of the 5th inning, but Chris Capuano couldn't hold the lead, giving it back over the 5th and 6th. He finished the day in typical Cap style: 4 runs in 6 innings.
  • Ryota Igarashi gave Arizona another run in the 8th via a hit batsman, a walk, a single, and another walk.
  • After a leadoff double in the 7th, the Amazin's would get one more baserunner the whole game. Even when they got chances, they couldn't convert, hitting 1-8 with RISP and stranding 8.
The Good Stuff:
  • That's not to say everyone had a lousy day. Lucas Duda hammered his fourth home run of the season and added the goahead run on a single in the 5th.
  • Angel Pagan went 3-5 with a run and Justin Turner laced the game-tying RBI double in the 5th.
Final Analysis:
Chase Field has been a house of horrors for the orange and blue. The last time the Mets visited it was in the middle of their crippling 2-9 post-All-Star Game road trip. This time, they leave town after being swept in a 3-game series for the first time since April. With this loss, their fifth in a row, New York falls to four games under .500. And with Jose Reyes still far away from a return, it appears the Dog Days of August are just beginning.

Terry's boys head across the (western) boarder into San Diego. Discovered by the Germans in 1904...well, you know the rest. Even with all their injuries, the Mets are still not a last-place team, and the Padres are. But on the other hand, they couldn't manage a series win against this last place team half a week ago. I guess that's why they play the game.



  1. Dissapointing loss to say the least. I hope this team can bounce back tomorrow against the Padres and finish this season strong, at or close to the .500 mark. I wonder if Capuano makes another start as a Met as I heard he had cleared waivers. He's proven what he can be, which is a reliable 4th or 5th starter on a mediocre team. By the way you are doing a fantastic job with your blog and I read it daily. The comments and followers will come as long as you continue to impress with your quick and very detailed recaps after each game. Keep up the good work.

  2. After all this team's gone through this year, finishing .500 would be a big accomplishment.

    Thanks for reading! Glad you like it.