The Mets lost 5-4 against the Reds Wednesday afternoon on a homerun hit by Orlando Cabrera in the bottom of the 10th inning. Pedro Feliciano took the loss.

AP Photo/Al Behrman

Initial Reaction:

Jon Niese faced off against Johnny Cueto in the rubber game of the three-game set. Niese wasn’t as effective as usual, as he was hit really hard, but he was still able to stay consistent in the strike zone (which may have been the issue). He allowed no walks and gave up two homeruns through six innings.

David Wright has found his power swing on the road. It’s nice to see him hit balls over the fence. He’s still striking out at an alarming rate though…

I don’t know why Jerry Manuel would decide to put Pedro Feliciano in to face the right handed hitter Orlando Cabrera, since there were plenty of righty arms available in the bullpen. But I guess its hindsight bias.

Positives From The Game:

David Wright: Wright hit his seventh homer of the season off of Johnny Cueto in the 6th inning. Six of his homeruns have occurred away from CitiField.

Takahashi: He spelled Niese and pitched three perfect innings of relief, allowing no baserunners, while striking out four. I’d love to see this guy start just one game, only to see how he’d respond.

Negatives From The Game:

Jerry Manuel: Coming into the game Orlando Cabrera had a .481 on-base percentage against lefties. During the game he recorded two hits against southpaws. Knowing that there is around a 50% chance of him (the leadoff man) getting on if he is facing a left hander, should’ve signaled Jerry to bring in a right hander. You NEVER want the leadoff man on in a walk-off situation. He went with his gut and Feliciano took the loss…

Reyes and Bay: They combined to go 0 for 9 today, while leaving a total of 11 teammates on base. They both have batting averages below .250.

Interesting Facts:

  • This is the first recap I have written in which the Mets have lost. I am now 9-1 on the season.
  • David Wright extended his hitting streak to nine games this afternoon.
  • Prior to today, Pedro Feliciano hadn’t given up a homerun since September 3, 2009.

What’s Next?: The Mets have a day off tomorrow, but are heading back home to play a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants beginning Friday.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (4-1) 2.40 ERA vs. SF Jonathan Sanchez (2-2) 2.48 ERA