The Mets committed a season-high four errors in the field during their 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, their most a single game since Aug. 4, 2010 at Atlanta.
“It wasn’t so much the field,” joked David Wright, who committed two of them, and now has 14 in 85 games. “It was more like the left side of the infield.”
“That happens sometimes, this is baseball,” said Jose Reyes, who committed the other two and now has a single-season high tying 18 (also, 2005) in 110 games this season. “We didn’t play very good defense today, but it’s part of the game.”
Much of the talk after Saturday’s loss was about Bobby Parnell’s blown save, his third in his last four opportunities. The struggling Mets closer had a chance to get out of a second-and-third, two-out jam in the ninth, but Aramis Ramirez cued an outside fastball from Parnell through the right side of the infield for the go-ahead, two-run single.
Of course, it probably never would’ve come to that if Wright doesn’t get caught in-between on Geovany Soto’s routine grounder leading off the frame.
“I was trying to retreat and catch and throw and just clanked it,” said Wright, who also short-hopped a throw that Nick Evans couldn’t handle at first after making a diving stab.
Maybe it wasn’t for lack of effort or anything, but those plays needed to be made if the Mets had any thoughts of stealing one from Chicago after showing resiliency in scoring four eighth-inning runs to rally from a 3-0 deficit.
“It was a little bit crazy,” said Reyes, whose miscues -- failing to snag a two-out liner in the first and bobbling a potential inning-ending double play ball in the fifth -- led directly to Chicago’s first two runs. “We made some mistakes that cost us a couple runs, me specifically.
“But at the same time, we feel like we were able to come back, and that was huge. But we didn’t play very good defense today, and that’s part of the game.”
As Wright said, the Mets thought they had stolen one when the suddenly hot-hitting Jason Bay ripped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth put them ahead.
But Wright’s error set the tone for what would become a forgettable ninth.
Maybe Terry Collins should’ve walked Ramirez to load the bases. Maybe it should’ve taken the Mets offense less than eight innings to wake up.
Or perhaps their two cornerstones on the left side of the infield should’ve been able to handle their defensive chances.
Normally, they do. They just didn’t on Saturday afternoon.
“We thought we stole one in the eighth,” Wright said. “It was a seesaw type of game. We just made some mistakes.”