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"They live and die with the command of their pitches," the manager said. "Both guys were behind in the counts. And that's not them. And when those kind of guys get behind, they're going to get hurt."
Hefner, who had failed to record an out in a September start against the Phillies, this time allowed five first-inning runs. The Mets ultimately lost, 7-3.
"Kind of like what happened last year," Hefner said. "All their damage was done with home runs. So that's a combination of missed location or getting behind in counts. I think I fell victim to a little bit of both of those. That's something I've got to work on. Groundballs don't go out of the park. So that's the goal, to get them to hit it on the ground.
"I felt really good today. That was probably part of the problem -- overthrowing a little bit, pulling the ball over the middle of the plate. Especially to these lefties you've got to execute your pitches."
MURPH FESSES UP: Daniel Murphy knew he messed up when he was doubled off second base on a flyout to shallow center to end the top of the fifth inning, with the Mets trailing 5-2. Murphy was the trail runner of two Mets in scoring position.
"It was a mistake, and hopefully it won't happen again," Murphy said. "It was a bad play. It's just a bad play. In that spot right there, we're down three. In my mind I wanted to turn hopefully what was a blooper into two. Even if it falls -- I end up at third -- it's first and third with one out and John [Buck] up. It's a bad play."
FIRED UP: Marlon Byrd and Collins both were visibly upset with Byrd being called out at first base on a double play in the ninth inning, amid a driving rain storm. Collins, though, did not go as far as to allege the motivation for the call was to get the game over with given the inclement weather.
"You mean, did I think he was safe at first? Yes, I thought he was safe at first," Collins said.