Monday, September 26, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Reds 6, Mets 5
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: Josh Stinson surrendered a three-run homer to Chris Heisey in the seventh inning, depriving fellow September call-up Chris Schwinden of his first major league win. Stinson had been asked to protect a 4-3 lead after inheriting a pair of runners from left-hander Tim Byrdak.
The eventual 6-5 loss secured the Mets finishing in fourth place in the National League East, with Washington taking third place and soon-to-be-Ozzie-Guillen-managed Florida in the basement.
The Mets placed two runners on base with none out in the ninth, when Willie Harris greeted Reds closer Francisco Cordero with a double and David Wright was drilled in the back. But Nick Evans' bunt was fielded and Harris thrown out at third base. Josh Thole then grounded into a game-ending double play.
Schwinden had departed with a one-run lead after five innings. He finished his first month as a major leaguer 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four starts.
An inning before Heisey's game-altering homer, Ryota Igarashi seemingly had helped Schwinden avoid a no-decision. After inheriting the bases loaded and none out from ex-Red Daniel Herrera, Igarashi stranded all three runners to preserve the 4-3 lead. Schwinden also had departed with a one-run lead in St. Louis in his previous start, only to get a no-decision as well.
Schwinden's line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 5 K. He threw 87 pitches (53 strikes).
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Reyes lifted his average to a National League-leading .334. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who did not start for the Brewers on Monday, sat at .333.
Reyes delivered an RBI double in the eighth inning that pulled the Mets within 6-5. But he was caught straying too far off second base and was tagged out, depriving the Mets of having the tying run in scoring position. (Ruben Tejada followed with a two-out single.)
Terry Collins suggested he may sit Reyes in Wednesday's matinee finale for fear of a hamstring injury with a day game after a night game. But the combination of it potentially being Reyes' final game as a Met and Braun having a night finale with Milwaukee that day makes sitting Reyes less likely. After all, it will not be clear Wednesday afternoon what average Reyes needs to achieve in order to win the first batting title in franchise history, since Braun plays several hours later.
WHAT'S NEXT: Free-agent-to-be Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.55 ERA), whom the Mets figure to attempt to re-sign, makes his final 2011 start. Capuano had a $1.5 million base salary, but will have earned $3.925 million with bonuses for the season. Capuano opposes Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (9-12, 5.09).