Final Score: Astros 4 Mets 3

The Mets (13-10) lost to the Astros (9-14) tonight by the score of 4-3.

For a complete recap and box score, check out, SNY.TV.

[jbox color=”gray”]The Least You Should Know:

  • R.A. Dickey pitched six innings, allowing 3 runs and 3 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-for-4, including a game tying two-run RBI single.
  • Ike Davis had his second consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • Andres Torres was 1-for-4 with a run scored in his returned from the disabled list.
  • Manny Acosta allowed the go ahead run in the eighth inning.
  • Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole each made one error.[/jbox]

Mike Nichols: Other than one pitch by Dickey, it was another solid start for the knuckleballer. Nevertheless, this was a disappointing loss. The offense couldn’t muster a run off the – until tonight – struggling Bud Norris until the seventh inning.

I’m still trying to figure out why Manny Acosta was left in for a second inning of relief. He did have a strong seventh inning, but pushing him in the eighth is a puzzling move by Terry Collins. I can understand – after a crazy series in Denver over the weekend – looking to rest a few pieces in the bullpen, but surely there had to be other options than Acosta for a second inning.

On the bright side, Nieuwenhuis continues to produce. Even after struggling against Norris’ slider early in the game, he hung tough and pulled a hanging slider to tie the game with a two-run single in the seventh inning. Although I thought Kirk should remain the everyday centerfielder, at least he is still continuing to get his shot at the top of order. Until he falters, that’s where he should remain.

Ike Davis is also showing more signs of coming around with another multi-hit effort. Baby steps with singles, but I’m sure as Ike continues to find his stroke his power will follow. Watch out National League pitching, Chaos is coming!

Even in disappointing losses like these, this team continues to be gutsy. Now if only a remedy for their leaking bullpen can be resolved in some way, gutsy efforts like these won’t go to waste.


W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: