Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn't much better in his second New York start, bending and breaking in the 5th under the will of the Phillies, as the Mets dropped the game to Cole Hamels and company 6-2.
The Bad Stuff:
- Inexplicably, Dice-K had a shutout going through three innings...after throwing 82 pitches. As Josh Lewin noted on WFAN, he was on pace for a 240-odd-pitch shutout. It didn't happen, as Matsuzaka was chased after 110 pitches with one out in the 5th inning, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks.
- Robert Carson and Scott Atchison also had runs charged against them; while Atchison's was unearned, the error was his own.
- The Mets committed three errors: one by Atchison, one by Ike Davis, and one by Wilmer Flores.
- New York hit just 2-11 with RISP and stranded eight men on base - one for every day of a Beatles week.
- Eric Young stole two more bases, his 30th and 31st of the total season, which puts him over 30 for the first time in his career.
- Ike Davis and Andrew Brown had the team's RBIs.
- Justin Turner went 2-4 with a double filling in for a tired Omar Quintanilla.
It's hard to win with one star in the lineup. A lineup with no stars, stacked entirely with role players? You get results like tonight's. Also, if the point of Dice-K was to eat up innings, he hasn't done particularly well, munching on only 9.1 frames over his first two starts. It's going to be a long September, folks.
P.S. Congratulations to Marlon Byrd, who homered in his first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Now a whole new fanbase gets to learn the Word.