Sunday, July 29, 2012

Game #101: D-Backs 6, Mets 3

At least one guy showed up with his bat tonight.

Ike Davis' three home runs weren't enough to back up Chris Young's rough night as the Mets dropped their second straight to the Diamondbacks, 6-3.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Chris Young allowed one run in the 1st, two in the 2nd, then saved his three in the 3rd for the 4th inning instead, finishing with 6 earned runs in just 4 innings of work.
  • The team as a whole hit 0-9 with RISP, including a disastrous 8th inning in which they got the first two men on but failed to score after Daniel Murphy just missed a 3-run homer in the cavernous Chase Field outfield. He was followed up by the Brothers K, Jason Bay and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who topped of 0-4 nights with their second and third strikeouts respectively.
  • David Wright's slump continued as he also went 0-4 with a couple Ks, dragging his batting average down to .331.
The Good Stuff:
  • All this misery overshadowed another moment in Mets history. Ike Davis hit solo home runs off Arizona's Ian Kennedy in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings, giving the Scottsdale native and Arizona State graduate the 9th 3-homer game in New York history. Sportscenter anchor Linda Cohn, herself a Mets fan, relayed dubious information later on that Ike also became just the 5th man ever to have 3 solo home runs that accounted for all his team's runs in a loss. Something tells me those folks over at Elias have way too much time on their hands.
  • After Young made his exit, the beleaguered Met bullpen held the D-Backs to just one hit the rest of the way, as Ramon Ramirez, Manny Acosta, and Josh Edgin combined for 4 scoreless innings in relief.
Final Analysis:
At tonight's party, it was the bullpen who decided to show up, while the offense and starting pitching, save for Ike Davis's enthusiastic attempts at getting the rest of the bats to show up, were once again M.I.A. The result was a 14th loss in 16 games, meaning at least the Mets will likely get the top pick, presumably USC signal caller Matt Barkley, in next season's NFL Draft. But MM, that's the wrong sport. *sigh* I know, Random Italic Questioner. Just give me this one tonight. We all as New York fans need it.


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