Bay Slams Head Into Left Field Wall As Mets Lose Series Opener To Reds

Published on: 16th June, 2012

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New York — Jason Bay can’t seem to ever catch a break during his Mets career. Overriding the Mets 7-3 loss tonight to the Cincinnati Reds, Bay looked to have incurred the second concussion of his Mets career while going after a fly ball hit to the left field wall by Jay Bruce in the second inning.

It’s sadly been one injury after another for the 32-year old Bay, a colossal disappointment to Mets fans since signing a four-year, $66 million contract before the 2010 season.

Running hard towards the left field corner, tracking Bruce’s fly ball, Bay stretched out, trying to make a diving backhanded catch. In the process, he slammed his head into the left field wall, still maintaining the wherewithal to pick up the loose ball and throw it into the infield as Bruce rounded the bases, completing an inside-the-park home run.

After Mets manager, Terry Collins took the long walk out to left field to check on his player, the decision was made to remove Bay from the game. Looking unsteady as he walked in from the outfield, Bay needed to hold onto Mets trainer, Ray Ramirez’ arm the whole way in to the dugout.

“He looked banged up. He looked like he just had a concussion. Especially, you look at the replay and see how his head hit the wall,” teammate David Wright said.

Wright gave Bay a tap on the head as the leftfielder traversed across the infield, perhaps not exactly what the doctor would have ordered for Bay at that particular time. But, it was an indication of the respect Bay has among his teammates, despite his severely underperforming against expectations when the Mets signed him to his big free agent deal.

“It’s a combination of the way he hustles, and bad luck. You feel for him. You know the way he’s worked to overcome some of these injuries,” Wright said. “Obviously, with the head injury, you know you’ve got to be very careful.”

Bay missed the final two months of his first season with the Mets because of a concussion sustained when he slammed into the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium.

The Mets were looking to continue their string of fine hitting and pitching performances tonight against the Cincinnati Reds but it was not to be. After sweeping the pitching-rich Tampa Bay Rays in Florida earlier this week, the anticipation among Mets fans has been building for what they hope will be an interesting summer at Citi Field.

Coming off their three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, 34,716 excited fans, anticipating a maturing, young team with a little bit of their manager’s scrappiness, were disappointed early on. Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a rocky start, allowing the Reds two runs in both the second and third innings.

After Bruce’s homer in the second, Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot to extend his recent hitting tear and the NL Central leaders followed up a three-game sweep of intrastate rival Cleveland by winning the series opener at Citi Field, a nice present for manager Dusty Baker on his 63rd birthday. The 4-0 deficit was too much to overcome against the cagey Bronson Arroyo, tonight.

Arroyo, who was 0-3 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on May 7, found his form against one of his favorite opponents. The right-hander entered 7-2 with a 2.81 ERA and three complete games in his previous 12 starts against the Mets — with five other outings that lasted eight innings.
This time, Arroyo (3-4) was pulled in the seventh after giving up Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ third homer in two games and a two-run drive by Scott Hairston. Using his usual array of slow breaking balls and odd angles, Arroyo yielded four hits while striking out five and walking two.

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