The Mets lost their fourth game in a row in another low-scoring effort where they couldn’t get the big hit. They lost to the Dodgers again after JJ Putz gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game.
The worst news of the night was that Jose Reyes left the game in the third inning after aggravating his leg injury after running out a ground ball. Ramon Martinez relieved him. It’s very possible that Reyes will be headed to the disabled list. It’s another blow to an already depleted team.
Daniel Murphy started first base for the first time as a Met and, lo and behold, had a brilliant defensive game, except for one play, which turned an out into a hit. However, he was 0-for-4 at the plate and left seven men on base all by himself. But he played like a natural first baseman might play. He even had an unassisted double play in the fifth inning. It makes you wonder why he hasn’t played first base earlier.
Mets starter Livan Hernandez was the best he’s been all season, pitching seven innings and only giving up one earned run. It turned out to be a pitching duel between him and the Dodgers’ Jeff Weaver.
The Mets’ lack of offense really hurt the Mets once again as Carlos Beltran had a two-hit night and the only Mets RBI of the game. David Wright also kept it going with one hit in two at-bats and two walks. The Mets left nine men on base and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They once again had no home runs and now have gone 69 innings without a long ball.
The Mets now have an off day, the first in 20 games or so, and will face the Boston Red Sox in the first interleague game of the season. They will face a surging Boston team whose David Ortiz hit his first home run and may finally be getting out of his slump.