Sunday, June 8, 2014
Wright on E-5: 'Just flat-out dumb'
By Adam Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO -- David Wright said there was no excuse for his sixth-inning gaffe that let the San Francisco Giants back into Saturday's ballgame.
It was one of a series of glaring misplays by the Mets that led to a 5-4, walk-off loss.
The Mets had been poised to escape the sixth with a three-run lead, but Wright threw wide of second base while trying to get the lead runner. That placed two Giants in scoring position. Angel Pagan followed with a two-out, two-run single to pull San Francisco within 4-3.
"Just a stupid play by me," Wright said. "I fielded the ball, was going to go to first, and then changed my mind at the last second and tried to throw it to second. Just dumb. Just flat-out dumb."
The Mets nonetheless carried that one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, with Jenrry Mejia bidding for the save.
Mejia struck out Pagan to begin the inning, but the ball squirted away from Anthony Recker. The catcher recovered the baseball in foul territory on the third-base side. His throw to first base pulled Lucas Duda off the bag and Pagan was safe. San Francisco went on to score the tying and winning runs that inning.
"The ball got away from me a little farther than I would like it to," Recker said. "And I didn't have to rush. But I probably rushed a little more than I should have. I reached to get the ball instead of just getting over top of it and making a good, hard throw over the top. I turned and kind of slung it a little bit, and obviously pulled Duda off the bag."
Said Terry Collins: "You can't give good teams more than three outs. If you do, you're going to get burned by it. We didn't make a couple of plays tonight that we have to make to give us a chance to win."
The Mets had a chance to take a far more sizable early lead against Tim Hudson. Instead, a third-inning rally prematurely stalled when Recker hit a ball off the right-field wall but ended up alongside teammate Ruben Tejada at second base. Tejada then was tagged out.
"I didn't know if it was going to be off the wall or if he was going to catch it or what," Recker said. "It drifted into the wall. I probably wasn't running as fast as I could because I was kind of watching the ball more than I should, seeing what it was going to do. I just put my head down and ran to second once I saw it hit the wall. I don't really know what happened as far as [baserunners] not getting wherever. That's my fault."