Archive for August 21st, 2009

In Defeat, Mets Showcase Three Very Good Pitchers

August 21, 2009

Aside from participating in another series loss, this time to the Atlanta Braves, Mets fans last night were given the chance to witness three of the league’s more dominant pitchers. The night began with Mets left-hander, Johan Santana, who despite picking up his ninth loss of the season pitched seven strong innings. Nonetheless, the stage belonged to former Mets closer Billy Wagner. The veteran left-hander was activated prior to the game on Thursday and then asked to start the eighth inning. Wagner did not disappoint. After warming up to his signature theme song, “Enter Sandman,” he went on to pitch a one-two-three-inning. In addition to a scoreless eighth, Wagner struck out two and retired Mets fans’ ultimate arch-enemy, Chipper Jones.

Taking advantage of Wagner’s return, the Mets were able to close the gap, 3-2, by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Playing to win at home, Mets manager Jerry Manuel brought in his closer, Francisco Rodriguez, who managed to get himself out of a jam with runners on first and second and one out by inducing a double-play. The Mets failed to tie the score in the bottom half of the ninth as they picked up their 65th loss of the season and fell fourteen-and-a-half games in back of the Phillies.

Wait, it gets worse, the Mets open up a four-game series against those first-place Phillies tonight at Citi Field.