August 2nd, 2011
by Andrew Rizzi

Yet again it was terrible defense that doomed the Mets, as they lost their 4th straight game

The Amazins held a 3-2 lead going into the 9th, but Jason Isringhausen put himself in a world of trouble, loading the bases with 1 out. Unlike last night he did not allow a grand slam, but the results were just as damaging. Izzy got Bryan Petersen to slowly ground one to 2nd. Justin Turner threw towards first for what should have been a guaranteed double play, though the Marlins would have tied the game heading to the bottom of the 9th. However, Turner’s throw was about 5 feet to the right of Lucas Duda and went towards the dugout. Two runs came home, and stunningly Florida had taken the lead 4-3.

Justin Turner has had a very nice rookie season, but Tuesday night was the low point of his young career.

Ronny Paulino led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk against Randy Choate, but Jack McKeon then went to his closer Leo Nunez. Last night Nunez gave up the game tying homer, but tonight he shut the door. He immediately got Daniel Murphy to hit into a double play, and then struck out Jason Pridie to end the game.

Omar Infante hit 2 solo homeruns to left to give the Marlins their first 2 runs, but other than that Chris Capuano was very solid. He allowed just the 2 runs in 6 innings, and was 2 outs away from his 10th win of the season. Unfortunately Izzy, Turner, and the Mets couldn’t hold it.

Jose Reyes hit a solo homerun in the 3rd, his 5th of the year. David Wright and Lucas Duda drove in the other two Mets runs.

The Amazins are all the way back to the .500 mark AGAIN with their 4th straight loss, and are now tied with the Marlins for 3rd place in the NL East. The Marlins have won 7 of 10 against the Mets this year, who remain 7.5 games behind the Braves for the Wild Card.

Three Up:

1) Scott Hairston- Scott got his first start since July 16 after his 2-homerun performance in Washington, and he continued to swing a hot bat tonight. He went 2-4, and may get some more playing time soon while he’s locked in.

2) Manny Acosta- The ‘fro is working for Manny, who all of a sudden is pitching like a stud middle reliever. Acosta threw an impressive 7th inning to hold the lead right after they went up 3-2.

3) Bobby Parnell- As good as Acosta was, Parnell was equally as effective, throwing nothing but cheese in a scoreless 8th inning.

Three Down:

1) Justin Turner- Izzy blew the save even if Turner makes the play, but his error almost single-handedly gave the Mets the loss. The Red Rocket has been a nice story this year, but he plays goat tonight.

2) Jason Isringhausen- When Sandy Alderson traded K-Rod we all knew things would get dicey in the 9th inning. It is happening on this home stand, and it’s getting ugly. Izzy simply isn’t the guy he used to be, and frankly he’s lucky his arm is still intact. One of Alderson’s top priorities heading into 2012 will be finding his new closer.

3) Randy Choate- The former Yankee came in to face one batter leading off the 9th, and committed the cardinal sin of walking him. Leo Nunez bailed him out. Choate owes Leo a nice dinner.

Rizzi’s Rants:

- This is turning into the first string of games all year that has the feel of the 2007-2010 Mets. It’s been one of those heart-wrenching losing streaks that tears at my soul and keeps me awake at night. Under Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel I saw them on a nightly basis. These are the first really painful games for the Terry Collins Mets since early April.

- Justin Turner’s throw was just GOD AWFUL. I have no idea how he missed Duda by 11 feet. That toss will haunt me.

- On a bright note, the SNY crew had their 2nd annual “KidCaster” winner Jacob Resnick in the booth for the bottom of the 3rd inning. Last year the girl who won immediately got to call a homerun from David Wright, and tonight the kid got to call Reyes’ homer to tie the game at 1. I think the guys need to do this “KidCaster” competition every week.

- Hanley Ramirez left the game with a shoulder injury. He was down on the field for a couple of minutes after making an attempt at a diving catch.

- Mike Nickeas got the start tonight, and made a great throw to nail Dewayne Wise trying to steal 2nd. He’s our best defensive catcher. Too bad he can’t really hit.

- Maybe one day the Mets will learn how to win at home. Maybe.

- Maybe one day the Mets will learn how to beat the Marlins. Maybe.

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