LOS ANGELES -- The inability to catch and throw the baseball was the postgame topic of discussion for the New York Mets.
There was good reason for that considering the team committed three errors -- it was originally charged with four but David Wright’s error was changed to a hit -- in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
“When you have [nearly] as many errors as you have hits [six], that’s not good,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
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Everyone involved agreed it was the kind of throwaway defensive performance that you just forget about. But during the game it was tougher for shortstop Wilmer Flores to do that.
He committed a fielding error in the fifth inning, complete with a tumble to the dirt, and a bigger throwing error in the seventh that eventually led to three unearned runs.
“I rushed the throw,” Flores said. “I can’t tell you how I did it wrong. I just rushed it.”
Flores admitted that the earlier error was on his mind and that he has to change his attitude when something goes wrong.
“I need to want the ball hit to me,” said Flores, who was spiked in the right hand during the game but said it didn’t prompt his bad throw. X-rays on the hand were negative. “It’s not the last error I’m ever going to make so I have to move on.”
Punchless offense: The offense looked like it might continue to score big Friday after scoring eight runs on Wednesday. Curtis Granderson hit a lead-off home run to start the game but the Mets managed nothing else until the game was decided in the ninth inning.
“We are down 2-1 and it feels like we are down 4-1,” Collins said. “We just aren’t putting much together.”