One day after actually winning a professional baseball game, the New York Mets snapped back to reality, the reality in which they (once again) have 9 players on the disabled list, in which they get poor starting pitching, fall behind early, don’t get enough hits or runs, and their mop up pitcher can’t contain the mess.
Livan Hernandez started and by the time the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 1st the Los Angeles Dodgers were leading 4-0.Â Given the Mets recent offensive prowess, the game was already over but for the formality of the 8 1/2 remaining innings.Â The Mets got 1 run back in the bottom of the inning, but any potential momentum gathered was squashed when the Dodgers added 2 more in the top of the 2nd for a 6-1 lead.
The Mets got their 2nd and final run of the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning.Â The Dodgers got 2 more off Hernandez in the 4th and losing 8-2 in the bottom of the 4th he left for a pinch hitter.Â In the 8th the Dodgers sent 8 men to the plate and scored their final 3 runs of the night off of Tim Redding.
I put on my orange and blue glasses, poured myself a half-full glass of bourbon, shined a flashlight in my eyes and found some bright spots.Â Pat Misch and Brian Stokes combined for 3 scoreless middle innings of relief (although Stokes was a bit wild, walking 3).Â David Wright was 2 for 3 with a walk, and Gary Sheffield was 2 for 4 with a double.Â The Mets did not commit a fielding error.Â Luis Castillo hit a double to the wall in right-center!Â But those bright spots would not be enough to get Ed Begley Jr.’s solar car around the block.
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