Friday, July 8, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Mets 0
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets committed three errors and fell short of a four-game sweep in Los Angeles on Mary Hart Night at Dodger Stadium. All-Star Clayton Kershaw limited the Amazin’s to five hits in eight scoreless innings, included a bases-loaded strikeout of Ronny Paulino on a 2-2 changeup to complete his outing.
CALL HOME: After Dillon Gee hit Juan Uribe with a pitch, then fielded James Loney’s comebacker and threw it wide of second base for an error that allowed Uribe to reach third, Aaron Miles was credited with a sacrifice fly for the game’s opening run.
Terry Collins complained that Paulino’s tag on Jason Bay’s throw from left field was in time, and replays confirmed his assertion. But plate umpire Greg Gibson had ruled Uribe safe.
Gibson and Collins had a confrontation on Wednesday night, too. Gibson ruled Matt Kemp safe at first base on a would-be double play in Game 3 of the series. The ump did tell Collins he made that call too quickly, and Collins had expressed satisfaction after that game with the umpire’s professionalism and candor.
The sting of Thursday’s call dissipated when the run became largely inconsequential thanks to a five-run sixth that made it 6-0. MVP candidate Matt Kemp delivered a two-run double in the inning. Gee, pulled with two out, fell to 8-3 on the season. He surrendered a career-high six runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings. The final run charged to Gee came when Manny Acosta surrendered a triple to Dioner Navarro that allowed an inherited runner to score.
FIRST THING: Nick Evans, who replaced Jose Reyes on the roster, went 0-for-3 in his return to the major league club. Evans had put together a 19-game hitting streak recently at Triple-A Buffalo and was hitting .330 in the International League this season. He is now hitless in 15 at-bats at the major league level this season.
The last time Evans was demoted from the Mets, on June 9, he had the ability to declare free agency after clearing waivers, but he elected to report to Triple-A Buffalo.
“It just made the most sense to me to sign back here midseason like this, where you don’t know anybody elsewhere,” Evans said. “This organization, I know everybody. I like this organization, so this is where I want to be.”
TURN FOR WORSE: Justin Turner’s franchise-rookie-record streak of reaching base in 28 straight games ended with an 0-for-4 night.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets’ tour of All-Star starting pitchers takes them to San Francisco, where R.A. Dickey opposes Ryan Vogelsong in the opener. Fellow All-Stars Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain also loom in the series. Collins expects no issue with the strained muscle in Dickey’s backside, but indicated he would have a standby -- presumably D.J. Carrasco -- ready in case the knuckleballer had an issue while warming up. Jason Isringhausen, not Carrasco, was used in the eighth inning Thursday with the Mets trailing by six runs.