The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a 13 inning marathon Tuesday night. Chris Capuano pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen couldn’t secure a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning. The Mets offense had chances in the ninth and thirteenth innings to walk-off, but couldn’t push the envelope. In the end, the deciding run scored on a squeeze play in the top of the thirteenth. With one game remaining in the 2011 season, the Mets fall to 76-85.
Jose Reyes is on fire! He launched two solo homers from the left side of the plate, tying the game with the first and putting the Mets up 3-2 with the second. He was 3 for 6 on the night, including a stolen base, and raised his batting average to .336. Reyes is the leader for the batting title heading into the final game of the season, although Ryan Braun is right behind him.
You would think that when a team draws four straight walks in an inning a run would come across to score. If this was your assumption, you’ve thought wrong. The Mets accomplished this anomaly in the bottom of the thirteenth inning. Reds closer Francisco Cordero walked Nick Evans to start the inning. However, Evans was caught stealing in what looked like a hit-and-run play with Josh Thole at the plate. Thole, Satin, and Pridie would follow with walks of their own. With the bases loaded and one out, Justin Turner lined into a double play to end the game in dramatic fashion. Tonight’s game was a perfect representation of the Mets 2011 season. They are always threatening, but somehow find a way to come up short.
- Ruben Tejada is batting .417 (10 for 24) during his current six-game hitting streak.
- Jose Reyes has six career multi-homerun games.
- Dale Thayer earned his third loss of the year and he’s only had eleven appearances this season.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets close out the 2011 season with their final game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon. Game Time 1:10 PM on SNY.
NYM Miguel Batista (1-0) 3.74 ERA vs. CIN Edinson Volquez (5-6) 5.84 ERA