David Wright and Jose Reyes committed two errors apiece -- Wright's latter miscue placing the tying run on base in the ninth inning -- and Bobby Parnell ultimately blew the save as the Mets lost to the Cubs, 5-4, Saturday afternoon.
Sunday's news reports:
• Terry Collins predicted Johan Santana would not appear for the Mets next week. And apparently there will be a minor league game for Santana to work. Savannah advanced to the South Atlantic League championship series, with Game 3 scheduled for Thursday in Georgia. That's Santana's proper work day with the extra day of rest between starts that has been worked into his schedule. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Record.
• Brooklyn was eliminated by Staten Island in the New York-Penn League playoffs, while St. Lucie is now down two games to none in the best-of-three Florida State League championship series.
• Collins said he should have walked Aramis Ramirez with first base open to load the bases for speedy Tony Campana in the ninth. Instead, Parnell pitched to Ramirez and he delivered the go-ahead two-run single with two out. “I thought about putting him on first base, but I just didn’t want to load the bases,” Collins said. “The one thing that’s killed us all year has been base-on-balls. I know he’s a good hitter, I just didn’t feel comfortable walking him. And I should have. I should trust my guys better than that. It’s the big leagues. You can’t do that stuff.” Read Wright and Reyes reaction and game recaps in the Star-Legder, Times and Newsday.
• Manny Acosta, who has received recent closing attempts, looks up to fellow Panamian reliever Mariano Rivera, according to Anthony McCarron in the Daily News.
• The Mets hold a remembrance ceremony before Sunday night's ESPN-televised game against the Cubs. John Franco throws the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza.
BIRTHDAYS: St. John's product Larry Bearnarth, who went 13-21 with a 4.13 ERA in 173 appearances with the Mets from 1963-66, was born on this day in 1941. He passed away in 1999.