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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
David Wright: 'We gave this away'

By Adam Rubin


Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated PressThe Cubs celebrate a walk-off win at Wrigley Field with hero Nate Schierholtz on Tuesday night after the Mets failed to turn a critical ninth-inning double play.
CHICAGO -- The Captain did not mince words after he botched a potential double-play ball in the bottom of the ninth, capping a frustrating game in which the Mets squandered chance after chance at the plate.

"We gave this away," David Wright said after a walk-off 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. "Obviously not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth. And then we had numerous chances to what felt like kind of put that team away. We couldn't do it. Any time you get that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one [run], that kind of gets the momentum back on their side."

After Josh Edgin gave up a game-tying solo homer to Chris Coghlan in the eighth, the teams went to the bottom of the ninth tied at 1.

Scott Rice surrendered a leadoff single to Anthony Rizzo. Starlin Castro then sent a potential double-play grounder to third base. Wright could not handle it cleanly and had to settle for the out at first base. With Rizzo on second, Luis Valbuena struck out. Nate Schierholtz then delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single to right field.


Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated PressZack Wheeler receives congratulations after departing a scoreless effort in the seventh inning.


The Mets are last in the double-play component of the Defensive Runs Saved statistic by a wide margin, ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon noted.

"It just bounced a little more than I thought and it got me in the heel, so I couldn't field it cleanly," Wright said. "It was just one of those ones where you're thinking two right off the bat. ... I'm not sure if we get both outs, but we definitely get the out at second. I wish I could have caught it cleanly."

By then, Wheeler already had suffered a no-decision, despite tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

"It's obviously frustrating when you lose any game," Wheeler said. "I can only do what I can do. We're playing good baseball right now for the most part."

Still, Wheeler was pleased with backing up a performance in Philly in his last start in which he took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning and ultimately allowed one run in a 4-1 win.

"For sure," Wheeler said. "Personally, it's two good starts in a row. So I'll take it into San Francisco next week and go from there."

The key to his success?

"I think it's a combination of just keeping the guys off-balance, not being too predictable and also locating," Wheeler said. "I've been trying to get ahead of guys a lot more. It's a lot easier to pitch when you do that."

As for Edgin, Terry Collins suggested it was just bad location on the game-tying fastball he served up to Coghlan in the eighth.

"He got the ball up," Collins said. "Four sliders in a row, or whatever it was, he wanted to run a fastball. And he just got it up over the plate. Instead of keeping the ball down so you can't get hurt with the long ball, he got it up and Chris put a good swing on it. It's not the pitch [selection] that was the difference. As we all know in this game, it's the location of it. He didn't make the pitch he wanted to make."

The Mets finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. They had a bases-loaded, no-out chance in the third inning and failed to score.

"The third inning we let get away from us," Collins said. "That came back to hurt us. We had nine guys on the first five innings, left nine guys on. And a number of them were in scoring position. ... That's one of the things obviously that we've talked about quite a bit in the last three weeks."