WHAT IT MEANS: M-E-T-S, Mets, Mets, … ahhh, never mind.
On a night the Mets did a quality job with a pregame 9/11 remembrance ceremony, and with several 2001 players on hand at Citi Field, the team squandered a pair of late bases-loaded threats and lost, 10-6, to the Chicago Cubs in 11 innings.
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Rookie Josh Stinson’s scoreless streak to open his career ended at 6 1/3 innings when he surrendered the tiebreaking RBI single to Carlos Pena in the final frame. Stinson threw only three of 15 pitches for strikes. He was pulled with the bases loaded and none out. Ryota Igarashi then allowed all three inherited runners to score in what became a six-run 11th.
The Mets had loaded the bases in the ninth and 10th innings to no avail. In the initial threat, Jason Bay grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced out Ruben Tejada at the plate and Jason Pridie struck out. In the latter opportunity, David Wright flied out to left field after Lucas Duda was intentionally walked with first base open.
The Mets had closed to within 4-3 in the sixth on an RBI double by Nick Evans and a run-scoring single by Ronny Paulino.
They evened the score at 4 in the eighth. The Mets placed a pair of runners on base with one out when Angel Pagan singled and stole second and Evans was hit by a pitch by Cubs reliever Sean Marshall.
Jeff Samardzija entered and Josh Thole, pinch-hitting for Paulino, lined out to third for the second out. But Justin Turner, also pinch-hitting, followed by hitting a comebacker that bounced off Samardzija’s glove. Samardzija recovered the baseball and rushed a throw that skipped past Carlos Pena at first base, allowing Pagan to score the tying run from second base.
Turner extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
BATTY: After limiting opponents to three runs in 12 innings over his first two Mets starts, both against the Florida Marlins, Miguel Batista had a rough start Sunday. Batista allowed four runs on five hits, three walks and two hit batters while also issuing a wild pitch in five innings. He departed trailing 4-1.
BATTING TITLE WATCH: Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. Reyes ultimately went 1-for-5 as his average dipped to .332. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, who went 1-for-4 Sunday against the Phillies, ranks second at .331.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets play host to the Washington Nationals in a four-game series beginning Monday at 7:10 p.m. R.A. Dickey (8-11, 3.47 ERA) opposes Nats left-hander Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.83) in the opener. The lone member of Washington’s current rotation the Mets do not face in the series is Stephen Strasburg, who pitched Sunday.