Players hear TC's message after sloppy 7th

Jason Bay had simple way to describe Terry Collins during the manager’s postgame meeting with the Mets on Wednesday night.

“He was red,” the left fielder said.

Red-faced. Seeing red. Red hot.

Whatever you want to call it, it was clear that the fiery Collins was fed up with the Mets’ lack of execution.

Willie Harris

Willie Harris

#22 LF
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM44
  • HR1

  • RBI8

  • R12

  • OBP.303

  • AVG.216

And who can blame him? Watching your team give up five runs on five infield hits -- and flubbing several makeable plays -- in one inning will drive any manager crazy.

Collins let his team know about it in a brief meeting after its 9-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

“He got his point across,” Bay said. “He was fed up with the way we were playing.”

The Mets were outscored 9-1 from the seventh inning on Wednesday. They lost for the fourth time in the last five games when scoring first. In all, they’ve been outscored 93-58 from the seventh inning on.

And Collins couldn’t take it anymore.

“He wasn’t very happy, he wasn’t very happy at all,” said Willie Harris, who was responsible for two misplays in the seventh. “And he had no reason to be.”

Harris was late getting to a Neil Walker bunt in the seventh. He also couldn’t get back to the third base bag on a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Tejada threw to Harris to try to get Walker on a forceout but Harris appeared to try to tag Walker instead of stepping on the bag.

His snafu allowed Pittsburgh to score its first run in the frame. For the record, Harris said he thought he was on the bag.

“We just need to execute better. That’s the bottom line,” said starter Chris Capuano, who pitched well through six innings but lost for the sixth time this season after the Mets’ sloppy seventh.

Capuano blamed himself for the first flubbed play of the frame.

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

#38 SP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM12
  • W3

  • L6

  • BB17

  • K49

  • ERA5.19

Andrew McCutchen hit a dribbler to the right side to open the seventh. It was stopped but bobbled by first baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy then tossed the ball slightly behind Capuano, who was breaking toward first base. McCutchen beat Capuano to first. Both Collins and Capuano said the pitcher should have been at the base.

That opened the flood gates for Pittsburgh to load the bases on infield hits. They scored three of their five runs in the frame on balls that didn’t leave the infield.

“The issue is not effort, that’s not it,” an animated Collins said in the postgame press conference. “The issue is execution.”