Nine hits. Your team gets nine hits there's no excuse for not scoring more than 1 run. But the Mets continued to struggle with runners on base as they lost an inexcusable game to the Padres, 5-1.
If you asked me which pitcher on the Padres I would want to face, the answer would easily be David Wells. The crazy thing is the hits were in abundance last night. Every inning it seemed the Mets had runners on base. But no one could score.
The most painful moment of the night came in the top of the 7th. Ruben Gotay beat out an infield single with two outs and the score 2-1. With a 3-1 count to Reyes, Gotay tries to steal second and gets thrown out. I have two problems with this play. First, Reyes should have swung at the pitch. It was the meatball to beat all meatballs down the middle of the plate, but Reyes looked at it like it was the worst pitch he had ever seen.
Second, why is Gotay running? I like the aggressiveness, but it's not like you're trying to break up a double play. There's 2 outs! You get caught, rally over. Chance blown. Not sure if Gotay ran on his own or if it was called from the bench, but either way it was a bad move.
Feliciano pitched well in relief, but had some bad breaks not go his way. I can't even talk about Heilman any more. What's happened to this guy?
Lady luck continued to shine on the Mets as every other NL East team lost so the Mets maintained their slim lead on the Braves.
The bad news is the Mets face Peavy and Maddux in the next two games. WAKE UP BATS! PLEASE!