7-9-10 Z-Cap: Mets Fall To Braves 4-2

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 23:  R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on June 23, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves who rolled into Citi Field winners of 2 in a row and 4 of their last 6 were able to beat the New York Mets 4-2 extending their division lead to 4 games in the process. NY has now lost 7 of their last 11 games and are now in jeopardy of losing their second straight home series.  The Mets left 8 runners on base and where a putrid 1-10 with runners in scoring position while dropping to an unfathomable 1-29 when trailing after the 7th inning.  Manager Jerry Manuel commented about his teams recent struggles:

We are at that little bump in the road that you eventually go through at some point and the timing is not good for that at this point. I still feel we have a good team, everybody needs this and needs that but I think we've played well enough and we're convinced that we can play with anybody. We are just not quite clicking right now. We will that happens during the course of the year. We ahve played some tremendous baseball for a long period of time.  Like I said allowing 2 out hits and 2 out runs to be scored we're kinda flinching a little bit defensively but we'll be ok, we'll be fine. "

Tommy Hanson struck out 6, while allowing 2 ER over 5 2/3 innings of work in the no decision. His counter part  R.A. Dickey (6 2/3 IP, 3 ER) has now lost 2 of his last 3 decisions (6-2) after winning 6 of his first 7.  Manuel had this to say about his starter:

I thought for the most part he was still pretty much in command of that pitch (knuckle ball). Obviously, those just kinda hung there. We had a little problem closing out innings all those runs were with 2 outs...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD OVER TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.metszilla.com/?p=4403