Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Game #43: Reds 4, Mets 0

On a bad baseball club, no one is immune from team-crushing errors. Not even the Captain himself.

David Wright's two-out error in the top of the 1st led to three unearned Reds runs as the Mets dug themselves in deep, 4-0.

The Bad Stuff:
  • After getting through the first two batters with ease, Jonathon Niese loaded the bases on a single and two walks. That should have been all the trouble as Todd Frazier hit a hard groundball to third base, but David Wright lifted his glove just a moment too soon, and the ball skipped right between his legs. The error itself led to two Cincinnati runs, and one more scored when Niese allowed another single and walked Devin Mesoraco with the bases loaded. The error was so unexpected it had the Reds' announcers almost stunned at the misfortune of, as they put it, "one of the best third basemen in the game."
  • I know that last quote because I saw it on MLB.com's highlights of the game, of which there were two. The mere fact of two highlights for an entire nine-inning baseball game is enough to be listed as Bad Stuff.
  • The other highlight was a solo home run by the same Mesoraco to lead off the top of the 9th against Collin McHugh, driving one more nail into a coffin whose contents were already DOA.
  • Cause of Death: three hits, 0-4 RISP, six left on.
  • Ike Davis. Period. But at least he didn't strike out tonight, so maybe that should be under Good Stuff...
The Good Stuff:
  • Ike Davis made contact in all three of his at-bats tonight.
  • In fact, the Mets as a team only struck out seven times in the whole game, with no one fanning more than once.
  • Jonathon Niese lasted six innings and aside from the 1st pitched rather well, allowing no earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven.
Final Analysis:
It was the kind of game where one of New York's highlights was how little they struck out. Good night, America.


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