Game 26: Mets @ Reds

May, 3, 2010
5/03/10
6:44
PM ET
10:43 p.m.: Mets lose their third straight game. Manny Acosta serves up a one-out homer to Laynce Nix in the 11th. Reds 3, Mets 2.

10:23 p.m.: No heroics for Chris Heisey in his majuor league debut. The Reds rookie pops out in foul territory to end the 10th against Pedro Feliciano, stranding two runners.

10:10 p.m.: After two scoreless innings from Fernando Nieve, on to the bottom of the 10th, with Pedro Feliciano on the mound.

9:33 p.m.: Jenrry Mejia strands runners on the corners in the seventh when he retires Jonny Gomes on a slow grounder to David Wright. Wright charges and gets the ball to Ike Davis ahead of Gomes' headfirst slide into first base.

9:20 p.m.: Ike Davis leads off with a double against left-handed reliever Daniel Ray Herrera, but the Mets squander the seventh-inning opportunity. With Davis on third and one out, Rod Barajas pops out to second base against right-hander Mike Lincoln, then pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis strikes out against left-hander Arthur Rhodes. It's 2-2 at the Seventh Inning Stretch, with Jenrry Mejia entering.

8:49 p.m.: Cincinnati's fielding continues to let it down. After Luis Castillo walks with one out in the sixth, he attempts to steal second. Catcher Ramon Hernandez fires a strike that should retire Castillo, but shortstop Orlando Cabrera has the ball glance off his glove and head into the outfield. Castillo scampers to third on the E-6. From there, Jose Reyes snaps an 0-for-11 skid with an RBI double into right-center that knots the game at 2.

8:40 p.m.: Oliver Perez regrets walking opposing pitcher Mike Leake with one out in the fifth. Leake scores three batters later, on Joey Votto's two-out single up the middle, beyond Jose Reyes' reach. Reds 2, Mets 1, headed to sixth.

8:13 p.m.: Not quite the electricity of Citizens Bank Park. It's still 1-1 after four innings.

7:55 p.m.: Jose Reyes fouls a ball off the inside of his right knee while batting in the third inning. That requires a visit from manager Jerry Manuel and trainer Ray Ramirez. Reyes stays in the game and flies out to center to end the half-inning. Still 1-1.

7:31 p.m.: Drew Stubbs gave back the run he produced with his homer. A half-inning later, Stubbs missed Ike Davis' line drive at him for a two-out, two-base error. Jeff Francoeur followed with an RBI single off of Davis' former college teammate, Mike Leake. Score tied at 1.

7:18 p.m.: Oliver Perez surrenders a leadoff homer to Drew Stubbs in the bottom of the first. It measured 432 feet. Reds 1, Mets 0.

7:10 p.m.: Lineups:

Mets

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jose Reyes, SS
Jason Bay, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Rod Barajas, C
Oliver Perez, LHP

Reds

Drew Stubbs, CF
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Joey Votto, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Jonny Gomes, LF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Chris Heisey, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Mike Leake, RHP

Game Notes: The Mets likely won’t skip Oliver Perez or John Maine the next turn through the rotation, but they are expected to disrupt the rotation’s order and push one of the struggling pitchers back. After Thursday’s off-day, Mike Pelfrey is due to face the San Francisco Giants on Friday at Citi Field, followed by Johan Santana on Saturday, both on extra rest. Rather than have Perez and Maine go consecutively the next two days, look for Jon Niese to go Monday on standard rest as a hedge against the bullpen being taxed on consecutive days by the other two pitchers. … Tim Lincecum is expected to face the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field. Jonathan Sanchez gets Friday’s series opener opposite Pelfrey, likely followed by Todd Wellemeyer against Santana. … Pelfrey wasn’t too distraught about his recent shoulder tightness, or losing out to Ubaldo Jimenez in the NL Pitcher of the Month balloting. “I’d rather have the no-hitter,” Pelfrey said, referring to Jimenez’s feat against the Atlanta Braves, as compared with Pelfrey’s save against the St. Louis Cardinals. John Maine then asked whether Pelfrey would rather hit three homers in a game or throw a no-hitter. “Three home runs,” Pelfrey said. … Manager Jerry Manuel said rookie Ike Davis assisted with his insights on Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mike Leake, who opposes the Mets on Monday night. Davis and Leake were teammates at Arizona State. “I’ve spent two years of my life with that little guy,” Davis said. Davis actually went 2-for-3 off Leake in an Arizona Fall League game. Despite that AFL experience, the 2009 first-round pick Leake did not appear in any official minor league games. “Obviously he skipped the minors for a reason,” Davis said. … Niese, who grew up three hours from Cincinnati in Defiance, Ohio, expects a big cheering section Wednesday. … Triple-A Buffalo faces Reds prospect Aroldis Chapman tonight. … Jeff Francoeur will wear a guard on his left elbow after twice getting hit there during the Phillies series. Francoeur had decided to shed the elbow guard Sunday because the Mets were facing soft-tosser Jamie Moyer. He regretted that decision when Moyer plunked him in the same spot as Danys Baez earlier in the series. … There are no plans to release Gary Matthews Jr. or Frank Catalanotto in the near future. Instead, look for Daniel Murphy to go to Triple-A when he’s fully recovered from the knee injury, so that Murphy can be exposed to first, second and third bases as well as the outfield. As for those who may suggest Chris Carter is a better bench option for the Mets' bench, they’re out of luck for now.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 4.01 132 172
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .834
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155