Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/5/12

New York Mets starter Dillon Gee turned in put in six strong innings of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night but with 109 pitches under his belt, the 26-year-old righty turned the ball and a 4-2 Mets lead over to the bullpen in the 7th inning.  The good news is that Bobby Parnell managed to protect that lead in the 7th, but was pulled in the 8th when Justin Upton reached on an error by Ike Davis.  Over his last six outing Parnell has posted a 1.59 ERA and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings.

Tim Byrdak relieved Parnell and after walking Jason Kubel struck out Miguel Montero before turning the ball over to Jon Rauch.  Soon after, a Paul Goldschmidt double tied the game and Cody Ransom‘s single gave the D-Backs a lead they would not relinquish.


Jon Rauch blows up the game, game-tying double and and then allows go-ahead single, D-Bax on top, 5-4 May 4, 2012 9:36 pm via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @NYPost_Kernan Kevin Kernan

The loss was the first Rauch has suffered as a member of the Mets and after the game the 6′-11″ righty took to Twitter and was quick to put the loss on his shoulders.


162 gms in 180 days. Gonna have a bad one here and there. Guys played hard today and I let them down. This loss is on me. May 4, 2012 10:33 pm via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @jrauch60 Jon Rauch

Photo by Michael G. Baron

This was a tough loss for the Mets and the bullpen has just been flat out bad of late.  It seems like nothing is easy and guys like Byrdak and Rauch, who were so solid when the team was winning its close games, now present an adventure every time they take the mound.  It’s hard not to see shades of last year throughout the clubs recent struggles, even with a ‘revamped’ bullpen.

New York will try and stop the bleeding tomorrow as Johan Santana battles Arizona rookie Patrick Corbin.  If there’s ever a time for Johan to get his first win of the season, now would be it, as the Mets are in danger of dropping under the .500 mark for the first time this year.

*Notes-


Since Johan became full-time starter in ’04, he never had winless April. Sat. he tries to ensure Mets don’t fall below .500 for 1st x in ’12 May 4, 2012 11:54 pm via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

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