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Jon Niese allowed two runs in the fourth inning thanks in part to a mental mistake by Daniel Murphy that led to a two-run double by Scott Feldman.
The Mets had two other defensive miscues today: one in the first inning when Jordany Valdespin threw a ball over Jon Niese's head at the end of the play to cost the Mets a base, and a misread by Lucas Duda in the eighth inning on a fly ball which should have been caught.
David Wright's streak of getting on-base ended at nine when he flew out to the left field wall in the sixth inning - he drove in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis broke out of an 0-for-21 slide with an eighth inning single, and Jordany Valdespin snapped an 0-for-15 slide with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
The Mets got the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but they stranded after John Buck popped up
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
The Mets looked like a team which is 15 games under .500 today. I mean, wow. The defense was horrible, the bullpen imploded, and they recorded six hits. That's how to lose games, for sure.
It wasn't a pretty day for Niese, but he managed to hang in this game and keep it close into the sixth inning. His pitch count was too high too early, but he was able to limit the damage against him despite having to work around a gaffe by Daniel Murphy at first base. Given his struggles, I wonder why Niese didn't turn to his curveball more often. He gets in these ruts where he gets too cutter-happy and it often gets him into trouble, as it did in the fourth inning today.
As bad as Wright was going at the plate a couple of weeks ago is how white hot he is at the plate right now. His streak of reaching base ended loudly with a ball which was caught at the very top of the wall by Alfonso Soriano. It's always fun to see him in these grooves, especially when very few others are doing anything at the plate.
Lucas Duda attempted a drag bunt in the seventh inning. I never thought I would ever say something like that. It came with one out and nobody on. And yes, it was quite ugly. I'm not sure what he or anyone was thinking there, especially after he squared and missed on the prior pitch. I mean, I know things suck right now, but lets play to our perceived strengths and not give away outs when runs are few and far between, shall we?
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will look to salvage the final game of their three-game series with the Cubs tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Jeremy Hefner facing Matt Garza at 1:10 pm.