Bruce launched a 3-run homer off Josh Edgin in the bottom of the 9th and the Mets' wasted opportunities cost them in the series opener against the Reds 3-0.
The Bad Stuff:
- Manny Acosta was brought in in the bottom of the 9th to help preserve a scoreless tie. A quick walk and a single quickly led to his departure in favor of Josh Edgin. At this point all Mets fans could hope for was a hard-fought 1-0 loss, but Jay Bruce sent a 1-2 fastball deep into the Cincinnati night to make it an agonizing 3-0 loss.
- New York had all the chances in the world to plate a run or two but hit 0-8 with RISP and stranded 10 men on base.
- Take out the 9th and you get a real quality pitching performance by the guys in blue caps. Chris Young lasted 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Ramon Ramirez, Bobby Parnell, and Jon Rauch combined to take the team through the 8th.
The Mets' pitching staff, start and relief, did everything in its power to help the team win tonight. Unfortunately, its effort was undone by an equally good Reds staff and a lack of clutch hitting from the New York bats. For a team that relies so heavily on 2-out hits, not getting them is, to say the least, problematic. Gotta have those runs, man!
It must've been a great game to watch. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't watch it on MLB.TV because I live in Cincinnati's blackout zone and for some reason FSN Indiana (Ohio) decided to broadcast poker over baseball. What do you say to that, GOB? Fortunately I won't have that problem the next two days: tomorrow I'm down there at GABP myself. More to come.