Robert Carson struggled in his first outing since being called back up, allowing 2 inherited runners to score and giving up a home run.
The Mets didn’t beat up on Cole Hamels as much as they have in the past, scratching out just 2 runs in 7 innings against him.
Wilmer Flores struggled defensively, failing to get to some ground balls up the middle while playing 2nd and then making an error after moving to 3rd.
He wasn’t the only one – Ike Davis and Scott Atchison each had an error in this sloppy, frustrating game.
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Maggie Wiggin, ContributorAs anticipated with Dice-K on the mound, this game was excrutiatingly slow. Between the long stretches between pitches and a total of 13 – 13! – baserunners, his innings were just painful to watch. By the time he came out with 1 out in the top of the 5th, the game was already almost 2 hours deep. He worked in and out of trouble in the first 3 innings, somehow managing to throw 82 pitches while not giving up a run, but the luck ran out and he gave up 1 in the 4th before the floodgates opened in the 5th, an inning which featured the always-delightful run-scoring HBP.
Predictably, Robert Carson’s entry in the game with the bases loaded in the 5th did not put out the fire left by Matsuzaka. He gave up a 2-run single, to Cole Hamels of course, and then allowed a solo homerun the next inning. He has now allowed 9 homeruns in less than 20 innings. He’s just ridiculously hittable and I certainly hope he’s not here for long. Gotta think if Vic Black clears waivers, he’ll take Carson’s spot – a transaction that can’t happen soon enough as far as I’m concerned.
Well, with Niese out of the lineup, I guess it was inevitable that the team would struggle to score. Any chance he can handle first? Tonight, the bats were as slow as the rest of the game and they failed to capitalize on limited opportunities, going 2 for 11 with RISP. The Phillies were hardly intimidating opponents, making several misplays in the field, but the Mets couldn’t get a rally going and went down without much of a fight.
At the end of the day, the best thing you can say about this game is that it’s over. And Justin Turner hit a double, because baseball.
M.B. Mason Post Game Extra
Tomorrow at 1:10pm ET, the Mets conclude their 4 game series against the Phillies, with Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA) facing Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33 ERA).