If anyone can explain why the New York Mets can't hit Bronson Arroyo, I'd love to hear it. He always has an ERA in the mid-4's low -5's, but he pitchers like Cy Young when he faces the Mets. The Mets (47-38) lost 3-1 to the Cincinnati Reds (49-37) and dropping to 3-9 in rubber games this season. Jon Niese was fantastic again, and didn't deserve to get the loss. He went 7.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, one walk and eight strike outs. He threw a great game, and got some good defense behind him, but the offense didn't show up for the game.
Things got off to a good start for the Mets, as Angel Pagan homered to right-center field, his sixth of the year, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Alex Cora made a great diving catch to catch a line drive from Chris Heisey, for the second out of the inning.
The Reds answered back in the top of the third when Brandon Phillips crushed a solo home run to left, to tie the game at 1-1. Ike Davis made a great catch in foul territory to get Corky Miller to get the first out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth the Mets got back-to-back singles by Josh Thole and Jesus Feliciano to start the inning. Cora grounded out to first, moving the runners over to second and third. Niese struck out on a high fastball, and Jose Reyes grounded back to Arroyo to end the threat and the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth David Wright singled with one, and moved to second on a ground out by Ike Davis. Jason Bay then came up and crushed a ball to deep right field, but Heisey made a great running catch to steal an RBI double away from Bay.
Heisey came up in the top of the seventh with one out, and hit a solo home run to left field, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. Drew Stubbs then trickled a ball down the third base line that stayed fair for an infield hit. With two outs, Arroyo bunted the ball over the Niese's head for an infield hit. Phillips then blooped a 3-2 pitch down the right field line for a ground rule double to bring in another run to make it 3-1.
Francisco Cordero came on for the save in the ninth and Davis greeted him with a hard double to deep right-center field. Bay then pop-up to the first baseman, and Thole drew a walk. So the Mets had runners at first and second with one out, and Feliciano ripped a ball to center, but he hit it too hard and it stayed up for the out. Cora was left in the game to hit with two outs, instead of bringing in Jeff Francoeur or Rod Barajas who were both on the bench. Jerry Manual felt that Cora was hot and he was getting some key hits for the club. Cora let him down, flying out to the right fielder to end the game, giving the Reds a 3-1 win.
- Bronson Arroyo continues to dominate the Mets, moving to 7-2 all time against them.
- Jon Niese pitched great again, but his team didn't back him up.
- The Mets will take on their divisional rivals the Atlanta Braves, as they come to Citi Field for three games before the All-Star game. R.A. Dickey will take on Tommy Hanson in game one of this series. Game time is set for 7:10 PM and will be aired on SNY. The Braves currently have a three game lead on the Mets for first place for the NL East.
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