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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (Sept 28) – The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night by the score of 5-4. Chris Capuano made the start and pitched well. The bullpen used eight pitchers, all providing adequate performances. Jose Reyes led the offense as he chases a batting crown. Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole also had good games.
Capuano pitched six innings giving up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out nine. Pedro Beato pitched 2/3of an inning giving up a hit and striking out two, Tim Byrdak struck out the only batter he faced and Manny Acosta pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and one run with a couple of strikeouts. Bobby Parnell pitched 1/3 of an inning and got charged with his sixth blown save of the season. He gave up a hit, Daniel Herrera pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up one hit and Ryota Igarashi pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up one hit and three walks with a strikeout. Josh Stinson pitched an inning giving up a hit and a strikeout and Dale Thayer took the loss dropping his record to 0-3,he pitched one inning giving up a hit and a run.
Reyes had three hits and he goes into the final day with a 336 average in the lead for the batting title. Reyes also had two RBI; Wednesday could be his final game as a Met. Tejada had two hits, a walk, David Wright had a hit, and an RBI and Nick Evans had a hit and a walk. Thole had two hits one RBI and a walk, Mike Baxter had a hit and a walk and Josh Satin had a walk. Jason Pridie and Justin Turner each had a walk. Evans had a double Reyes had a homerun. The Mets were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 men on base. Reyes had a stolen base and Evans was caught stealing.
In the first inning Jay Bruce hit a two run homerun to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Wright had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1. Reyes hit a solo homerun in the third to tie the game at two. Reyes hit a solo homerun again in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. In the sixth, Joey Votto hit a solo homerun to tie the game at three. Thole hit an RBI single in the sixth to give the Mets the lead back at 4-3. In the ninth, Juan Francisco hit an RBI, double to tie the game at four. In the 13th inning Drew Stubbs had a squeeze bunt that scored a run and gave the Reds a 5-4 lead which they would hold onto for the victory.
The Mets have lost the first two games of the final series of the season. The Mets and Reds will finish their seasons on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets have nothing to play for as they will not reach a 500 season but they would like to win their final game of the season.