Heaven sent, but still a loss.
Angel Pagan had a pretty good day. He hit an inside-the-park home run in the top of the 4th inning. In the bottom half of the inning, he made a diving grab, turning what could have been an inside-the-park home run, or at least a three-run double into a sac-fly. One inning later, he started a triple play – the 10th in Mets history. His grab at his laces, overthrow to second, Henry Blanco’s wherewithal to get the ball, throw to Jose Reyes, who threw to Ike Davis started the 8-2-6-3 triple play.
R.A. Dickey was just fine. Six innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs – with a little help from his defense – walking four and striking out two. I’d say that earned another start, but really, who else do the Mets have?
Fernando Tatis finally got a hit off a right-handed pitcher, a solo home run in the 9th off Matt Capps. But it was too little, too late.
The Bad & Ugly
Raul Valdes and Fernando Nieve combined to give up three earned runs in only 2/3 of an inning in the 7th.
The Mets loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, and were only able to get one run out of it. This is a problem and has been for the Mets all year. When they load the bases, they stink at scoring.
Only four hits off Livan Hernandez. Five hits overall. Two of them were home runs. The other three were singles.
Angel Pagan, of course.
The Mets finish their road series – and the second two-game series in a row – tomorrow night at 7 p.m.