New York Mets
Jason Bay has had a lot of be frustrated about recently—but his ninth inning at-bat isn't one of them.
While Bay made an out, albeit a productive one as he drove in a run on a deep sacrifice fly, the Mets left fielder had no frustration over his at-bat when he represented the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning of Monday night's 4-1 loss to the Marlins.
"Struggles or not, those are the times you want to get up there and get a chance for redemption," Bay said. "Took a shot, put a good swing on it, just wrong part of the ballpark.”
With the Mets trailing 4-0 and the bases loaded with one out in the ninth, Bay had his chance to try and win back the fans that had booed him previously in the night. Facing Florida closer Leo Nunez, Bay needed just one swing to make up for his prolonged slump that now has him with three hits in his last 32 at-bats.
On the first pitch, a 95-mph fastball, Bay drove the ball to deep center, but not the 408 feet required for a home run and he ended up with a sacrifice fly that gave him his 29th RBI on the season. Bay finished 0-for-2 on the night with a walk and RBI.
"You try to take the positives, it could have been better, it could always be better but it’s the reality and you use that as a positive," Bay said. "I thought I had some good swings and some good at-bats tonight and you try to move on to tomorrow. It could have been different. I felt like I did in that situation what it called for, try to take a shot to win the game, just wrong part of the ballpark.”
Earlier in the night, Bay had found himself the victim of loud boos after hitting into a double play in his first at-bat. He earned some cheers quickly after, though, when he laid out for a fly ball in the third inning and made a diving stop.
While it was difficult to see initially whether Bay caught the ball, Bay said the ball never came out of his glove—even if it looked quite painful from afar.
"I was more concerned if I caught the ball or not, there were a couple of guys who said 'how’s your wrist and it looked like you broke your wrist' and I saw the replay and was like 'oh man it does look bad,' but I didn’t feel anything," Bay said. "It was one of those Bermuda Triangle things, last minute, I got it, kind of panics."
While Bay didn't have any regrets over his last at-bat, the fact remains that his average dropped to .232 and he has just two hits in the Mets homestand, which has consisted of four games so far.
Through it all, he's just trying to stay positive.
"Nobody wants to be that guy that can’t ever catch a break where nothing's falling in," Bay said. "I think for me, keep your head down and keep going and keep trying to do things the right way in hopes that it will turn around, but when it doesn’t, it’s definitely more frustrating.”