The Amazin's came back to tie it in the 7th, but the Astros went ahead for good and held on to beat the Mets, 4-3.
The Bad Stuff:
- R.A. Dickey wasn't awful and even took a no-hitter into the 6th, but after allowing 3 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings, by his 15/16 QS standards, this qualifies as "bad."
- The Mets' 7th counterbalanced Dickey's rough 6th, but Manny Acosta couldn't get out of the 8th, allowing Jordan Schafer a single, then after he stole second, served up the game-winning base hit to Jed Lowrie.
- Aside from their 3 runs on 4 hits in the 7th, the Mets couldn't get the ball rolling on offense, falling victim to an effective Bud Norris and a solid Houston bullpen. New York went just 2-7 with RISP and left 6 men on base.
- That 7th inning though, that was a good one.
- David Wright led off with a single and Ike Davis followed with one of his own (Ike went 2-4 on the day, bringing his average up to .185).
- After Mike Baxter flew out and advanced the runners, fresh-off-the-DL Andres Torres picked up his first hit of the year, an infield single that scored Wright.
- Josh Thole grounded Torres over to second, and a flu-ridden Lucas Duda came up to stare down Norris and gain a full count walk.
- Up came Kirk Nieuwenhuis, displaced in the field but still in the leadoff slot. It continued to pay off today: Captain Kirk lined a 2-2 slider into right that scored Davis and the speedy Torres, brought the Mets back to a tie, and got R.A. Dickey off the hook for the L. Nieuwenhuis finished the day 2-4 and improved his batting average to a very attractive .325.
This is a strange feeling for a Mets fan. So often when the team loses, it's either a blowout, devastating, or a devastating blowout. Tonight was neither: sure it was close, but it just felt like your everyday everyone-loses-a-few-in-baseball losses. It doesn't warrant a sob of anguish, but a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh."
Tonight, the Mets lost only their 2nd 1-run game in 8 chances. As cliched as it is to say, the only way to really analyze tonight's loss is to say, "Too bad, we'll get 'em next time." And for this team, I guess that's a good sign.