Mets just can’t stand prosperity

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Mets

What a strange way to lose, yet all too typical for a Mets fan. The Mets had a shot at going over the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of the season, battling back from an early 6-2 hold and taking an 8-6 lead into the ninth inning.
Francisco Rodriguez, he of the tightrope-walking save, came on in the ninth having converted 19 straight save chances. I was there for his lone blown save up until tonight, coming during the second game of the season in a game the Mets would eventually win in extras.
K-Rod gave up a hit to Jason Heyward and then a booming homer to pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to tie the score at 8.
I’d love to say that was the most frustrating moment of the contest, but the Mets were just getting warmed up.
With two outs in the 10th, the always dangerous Diory Hernandez doubled off crappy Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco. Hernandez took third on Jordan Schafer’s infield single, a ball first baseman Lucas Duda should have allowed second baseman Ruben Tejada to handle.
After getting a swinging strike on Heyward, Carrasco got set for his second pitch and flinched before going into his motion. That’s right, Carrasco balked in the winning run. Only the Mets could lose on a balk-off. I’m hoping this doesn’t start the team on a losing streak, because losses like these are tough to take. Terry Collins has done a nice job of rallying the troops after tough losses. He’ll need to work overtime after tonight’s deflating defeat. The Mets are back at Citi Field tomorrow night to face the Los Angeles Angels. Chris Capuano takes the hill against Joel Pineiro, a guy who usually owns the Mets.

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