Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/3/13
For the second time in two games since being named the closer while Bobby Parnell heals up, David Aardsma failed to get the job done as the Royals beat the Mets 4-3 at Citi Field this afternoon. Jeremy Hefner started the game and showed some improvement after back-to-back poor starts and delivered a quality start in a 110-pitch effort. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits, walked none and struck out six in 6.0 innings pitched. The Mets bullpen was actually brilliant today until Aardsma came in to pitch in the top of the 12th inning and was nailed for a home run by pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell to break the 3-3 tie. Maxwell crushed it and the ball left the park in a hurry. Gonzalez Germen, Pedro Feliciano and Scott Rice each threw perfect innings while Scott Atchison was most impressive of all as he retired six batters in a row. Going into this game, the Mets bullpen has allowed one earned run over its last 15.0 innings (0.60 ERA) over its last five games with nine strikeouts.  ...
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