Pete Barrett / The Journal News
The Mets’ (35-30) bullpen allowed multiple runs, and Jason Bay injured himself. It was an ordinary night in Queens.
Cincinnati Reds (36-27) center fielder Jay Bruce lifted a high fly ball back towards the left field foul pole in the second inning. Bay chased the ball back, and awkwardly slid head first into the outfield wall.
Bruce’s hit landed for an inside the park home run. Bay left the game with possible concussion.
Cincinnati scored another run in the second, and two more in the third en route to a 7-3 win.
Mets’ starter Dillon Gee (4-5) calmed after early struggles, and gave the Mets six innings, retiring the final ten batters he faced.
The Mets’ offense, which exploded for 29 runs in a three game series in Tampa, was held scoreless through five innings, before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo shot in the 6th–his third home run in two games.
All three Mets’ runs were tagged to Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (3-4), who was pulled after allowing a Scott Hairston two run blast in the 7th.
The Reds used three of their primary relievers to ensure the win. The team leader in appearances Jose Arredondo, setup man Sean Marshall, and closer Aroldis Chapman each threw an inning without allowing a hit.
However MLB’s worst bullpen gave up three runs in three innings. Jeremy Hefner allowed two in one inning, and Elvin Ramirez allowed one in two innings. The tandem now combines for four losses.
The Mets continue their three game series against the Reds on Saturday night at Citi Field. Homer Bailey (4-4) faces Jon Niese (4-2), first pitch at 7:15.
Poem by Howard Megdal
Alas, poor Bay, who
Had only started hitting
Crashes once again