Mets Fall Under .500 For First Time In Loss To Dodgers

Published on: 22nd July, 2012


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New York – The Mets lost today to the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 8-3. In doing so, not only did Los Angeles sweep the three game series but the Mets have now lost nine of 10 to fall under .500 (47-48) for the first time this season.

If you knew what most had predicted for these Mets prior to the season, you would understand how falling under .500 was completely within the realm of expectations. It’s a testament, therefore, to how they’ve overachieved this season under Terry Collins that being one game under .500 is even a part of story.

The Achilles heel once again, was the Mets bullpen, or, more accurately, Ramon Ramirez. Actually, the other relievers who came in after Jonathan Niese’s tidy seven inning, three run performance did a solid job, further keeping the Dodgers off the scoreboard. It was only in the 12th inning, after the Mets had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, did Ramirez come apart, allowing five runs to be scored.

The overworked Mets bullpen held the Dodgers to one hit for four innings until Los Angeles broke it open when pinch-hitter Matt Treanor hit a two-run single up the middle. The hit broke the 3-3 tie and the Dodgers were off to the races, eventually tallying five runs in the 12th.

The Mets had their chances but went 4 for 19 with runners in scoring position. They were 8 for 39 (.205) in that situation this series.

“I don’t think we’re playing as poorly as the record indicates,” Wright said, “but this is when we need to get things turned around and moving in the direction we need it to.”

Help may be on its way. After the game, the Mets said top prospect Matt Harvey will be called up to make his first big league start Thursday. New York had been reluctant to rush the 2010 first-round draft pick to the majors.

James Loney led off the 12th off with a single against Ramon Ramirez (2-2). A defensive replacement in the eighth, Tony Gwynn Jr. bunted for a base hit, just beating the throw to first. New York manager Terry Collins argued to no avail.

Mark Ellis popped up a bunt for the first out and Matt Kemp grounded into a fielder’s choice that put runners on first and third. Andre Ethier, who drove in the Dodgers’ third run, was intentionally walked to load the bases.

With two strikes, Treanor lined a single to center that scored two runs.

“I think we’re getting back into that type of, `We can do this’ mood,” Treanor said of the Dodgers’ attitude.

Luis Cruz followed Treanor with an RBI single and Adam Kennedy, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, hit a long drive to right that Lucas Duda misjudged, and it fell for a two-run double to chase Ramirez.

After four hours, 43 minutes, with only a handful of fans remaining from the original crowd of 31,184, Jason Bay, now a pinch hitter, struck out. Somehow, that seemed like a good metaphor for the Mets futility these past two weeks.

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