The New York Mets were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-3 loss Wednesday night. A battle of the bullpens led to a walk off double off the bat of pinch hitter Chris Snyder against Fernando Nieve in the 14th inning. Mets fail to gain ground on the Atlanta Braves, who also fell in extra innings earlier tonight, and they remain 6.5 games out of first place.

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Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese matched up against Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren in the series finale at Chase Field. Niese pitched fairly effective through five innings, despite allowing three solo shots to Chris Young, Rusty Ryal, and Mark Reynolds. He yielded the three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six.  Pitch count was the biggest issue for him tonight, throwing nearly 100 pitches in a short stint.

I am stunned that the Mets offense could not take advantage of a horrendous Arizona bullpen. They achieved one hit the entire night against relievers. I mean, they let Aaron Heilman of all pitchers completely baffle them in two innings of relief ball.

Our bullpen was spectacular tonight. Now all the Mets need to do is jump start their lineup, which has been struggling ever since the All-Star Break.

Positives From The Game:

Angel In The Outfield: Angel Pagan was 3 for 5, including a solo homer to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. He also walked and scored two runs on the night.

Rod Barajas: The catcher tied the game up at 3-3 with a homerun in the sixth inning. He gave the Mets offense an opportunity to break a tie against the dreadful Arizona bullpen.

The Pen: Until the ugly 14th inning, the Mets bullpen pitched a combined 8 1/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Jonathon Niese. Maybe it doesn’t need bolstering after all.

Negatives From The Game:

Strikeouts: Putting the ball in play is a very underrated concept in baseball, but it may be the most important. Moving runners over can be the difference maker in a close game. The Mets struck out 16 times tonight, in a game that was tied at 3-3 from the sixth inning on, and the heart of the lineup–Wright, Beltran, Davis, and Bay–accounted for 11 of them. Its hard to get a rally going when that happens.

Interesting Facts:

  • Carlos Beltran drove in Angel Pagan in the third inning tonight for his first RBI since September 30, 2009.
  • Angel Pagan surpasses David Wright with a team leading .310 batting average.
  • Rod Barajas blasted a homerun (12) tonight–his first since May 31.
  • Both teams combined for five solo homeruns tonight.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel to Hollywood to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. Game Time 10:10 PM EST on SNY.

NYM Hisanori Takahashi (7-4) 4.69 ERA vs. LAD Hiroki Kuroda (7-8) 3.74 ERA