I feel like umpires are getting worse every year. The game was decided on a bad call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals and the rest of the crew. The New York Mets (46-37) ended up losing the game 8-6 to the Cincinnati Reds (48-36). The Mets remain two games back of the Atlanta Braves, as they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.
The Mets have now lost five of their last eight games. Mike Pelfrey wasn't good today, as he was all over the place with his pitches. He went just 4.2 inning, giving up seven runs on nine hits, four walks, and struck out just one. He threw 92 pitches on the night and just 52 of them were for strikes and his ERA jumped from 2.93 to 3.39.
Who knows what the numbers could have been if the umpires stuck to the original call they made on the field. Would have completely changed that inning and the game for the Mets.
Joey Votto had a huge day at the plate, and it started with a solo home run in the first to give the Reds a 1-0. The Mets came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting three straight hits by David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jason Bayto tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the fifth inning the Red loaded the bases with no one out. On a 2-2 pitch to Scott Rolen, Pelfrey threw a pitch that ran inside and he checked his swing. The initially call on the field was that Rolen swung, and it was strike three. However, Rolen said the pitch hit him, and the umpires then met to discuss the call.
Replays showed that Rolen did not go around on the swing, so they got that call wrong. They decided together, in a meeting of ultimate stupidity, that Rolen was hit by the pitch, forcing in a run to make it 2-1. I looked though Rolen wasn't hit by the pitch, but even if he was, he started swinging at the pitch and made no attempt to get out of the way of the ball.
It also looked as if Rolen put a part of his arm into the strike zone, which means if he was hit by the pitch, it would have been a strike anyway. The first call was wrong, but the second decision was even worse. The Mets were livid with the call, and rightfully so. Pelfrey and Rod Barajas argued with the umpires but Jerry Manual stepped in and did the arguing and then got ejected.
Pelfrey got the next two batters out, getting a pop-up and a strike out. But Pelfrey couldn't close the door. The Reds went on to score six runs in the inning. Drew Stubbs singled to left to bring in two runs, Corky Miller double to right to bring in two more runs, and the pitcher Travis Wood tripled to center to bring in another run.
By the end of the very frustrating inning, it was 7-1 Reds.
The Mets made a very valiant comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning. Angel Pagan started the inning with a home run down the left field line to make it 7-2. Wright tripled and then Davis reached on an error by the pitcher to bring in Wright to make it 7-3.
With two outs Jeff Francoeur walked and then Barajas singled to bring in Davis from second to make it 7-4. Alex Cora then doubled to the right-center field gap, plating both Francoeur and Barajas to make it 7-6.
That would be all the runs the Mets would score on the night.
Votto hit another solo home run in the top of the sixth to make it 8-6.
Francisco Cordero would come in for the ninth inning, he allowed a one out walk to Wright, but nothing else, giving the Reds a 8-6 win.
- Jerry Meals… he was the most influential person on this game.
- For the Mets Fernando Nieve provided some very important relief, going three innings, giving just the one home run to Votto. He gave up some other hard hit balls, but they were caught, so no harm no foul. He struck out three batter, all coming in the seventh inning, and didn't walk anyone.
- David Wright had two more hits today, going 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Wright's triple in the fifth inning was his second of the year.
- The Mets will look to get even in this series against the Reds, and hopefully the umpires don't decide this one for them. Aaron Harang, who was suppose to start in tonight's game but was scratch due to back pain, started the game tomorrow as he takes on Johan Santana. Game time is set for 7:10 PM and the game will be aired on SNY.