Despite lowering his ERA to 0.78, Johan Santana took the loss tonight after the Braves beat the Mets 8-3, thanks to two big errors by the Mets. Santana’s record is now 4-2. He gave up two unearned runs, both of which came off of errors by David Wright to score the first Braves’ run and Jose Reyes, who missed a routine ground ball.
The Mets once again could not provide run support for Santana and scored only one run for him off of an Omir Santos sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He left the game after pitching 6 1/3 innings. Pedro Feliciano came into to relieve him. The error by Reyes allowed Matt Diaz to come up. Diaz, who hits over .400 against left-handed pitchers, then hits a two-run double. It all fell apart after that.
Feliciano, Bobby Parnell, Brian Stokes and Ken Takahashi proceeded to allow six runs. Only Stokes’ and Takahashi’s were earned. Takahashi’s two earned runs were the first allowed since he was called up.
After scoring a ton of runs against the Pirates, the Mets’ bats were quieted by Derek Lowe, who instigated double play after double play. The Mets managed only five hits and two runs off of the man whom the Mets tried to acquire in the off season. Wright, Fernando Tatis, filling in for Carlos Delgado who was out with a sore hip, and Jeremy Reed were the only Mets to have two hits. Omir Santos continued his solid offensive output by driving in two runs.
There were some really big managerial question marks in this game and it’s the kind of things that can drive you crazy as a fan. Should Jerry Manuel have taken Santana out of the game after 108 pitches? Why did he leave Feliciano in to face a right-handed hitter who smokes lefties? If it’s to rest the bullpen, it didn’t end up working.