The 55-60 Mets were in Cincy tonight trying to halt the Big Red Machine 2012. 10-3 Mat Latos threw for the Reds while the Mets countered with Chris Young, who was trying to rebound from a horrific start against the Marlins. It was a pitchers duel for both the starters and the relievers as both teams left entire armies of base runners on the pads.
The Mets had a threat going in the top of the second inning when Jordany Valdespin had the first hit of the game for the Mets followed by a catchers interference call for Andres Torres. Even though Thole lined out to end the inning, the Mets managed to at least drive up the pitching count of Latos to 35. Jay Bruce of the Reds greeted Young with a lead off first pitch double to lead off the bottom of the second but Young battled and escaped the inning without letting up a run. And that would be Chris Young for the night, he stranded eight Reds base runners in the first five innings….Young was a magician, working around hitters, however, his luck and pitch count would run out in the bottom of the sixth when, after two outs, Young gave up back to back hits (one to the pitcher) and walked a man to load the bases…Collins pulled the trigger and brought in Ramon Ramirez who got the third out.
Latos worked around a base hit in the top of the seventh and game remained scoreless. Bobby Parnell walked the first batter he faced, he stuck out the next two but then gave up a base hit that put runners on the corners with two outs and then walked the bases loaded. He induced a ground ball to end the inning but not before giving Terry Collins massive heartburn.
Sean Marshall came in relief for the Reds and walked David Wright. After an Ike Davies strike out, Murphy struck out swinging and Wright got caught stealing on the same play thus ending the Met threat. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless eighth. Jose Arredondo pitched for the Reds in the top of the ninth, Thole would draw a walk to get Scott Hairston to the plate who hit a bullet down the left field line pushing Thole to third. Tejada lined out to center to end the inning.
Manny Acosta came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and gave up two quick singles and before he knew it, he was in the dugout watching Josh Edgin give up the game winning three run home run to end the game.
The Mets will try to draw even tomorrow when they send R.A Dickey to the mound to attempt to get his 16th win of the season.