Mets starter Chris Young has not had a good outing in a while, but he brought his “A” game Tuesday night in Cincinnati. He was going to need it as he faced the 10-3 Mat Latos. Both pitchers were locked in a tight pitcher’s duel as both their respected clubs could not score anything. The Reds dangerous lineup shockingly left 14 men on base. The Mets didn’t do any better, leaving ten men on.
The Reds had some opportunities against Young, first being in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs and no one on, Young gave up a double to catcher Ryan Hanigan. Young then walked Latos to put men on first and second, but he was able to get shortstop Zack Cozart to pop out to Mike Baxter to end the inning.
The second opportunity for the Reds to damage Young came in the bottom of the sixth. Young again got the first two men out, but got into trouble again. He allowed a single to Hanigan and then another single to Latos. Young then walks Cozart to load up the bases. Manager Terry Collins saw that Young’s night was over and gave him the hook to put in Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez would end the inning by getting Drew Stubbs to groundout to second as it was still a scoreless game.
Young’s night ended as he pitched 5.2 innings. He allowed eight hits, walked four, struck out four batters and allowed no runs. His counterpart Latos did not allowed a run as well. He struck out five batters while allowing just five hits and walked five.
The only time Latos was in a tight stop was in the top of the fourth when New York had the bases loaded with two outs. The Mets had a golden opportunity, but Young was at the plate. He did smack a nice line drive off of Latos, but it landed in the glove of second baseman Brandon Phillips.
The game came down to the bullpens as it became a mismatch. Cincinnati had the edge since their bullpen is ranked as one of the best in the majors while New York’s bullpen has been notoriously bad this season. Regardless of the stats, the Mets were able to match the Reds in the bullpen too as the game was still scoreless in the top of the ninth.
The Mets had men on the corners with two outs. Ruben Tejada came to the plate, looking for the first run of the game and to give the Mets the late lead. He couldn’t come through as the Reds right hander Jose Arredondo gets Tejada to line out to center fielder Stubbs to end the inning.
With the game still scoreless, the bullpen needed to hold on for extras. Every Mets fan, though, knew what was going to happen. It has been in the script for New York all season. Manny Acosta comes in, walks Phillips and then gives up a single to Ryan Ludwick.
Collins takes out Acosta for lefty Josh Edgin to face left hand hitter Jay Bruce. The match up was there, but it went the Reds way. Bruce connected with a walk-off, three-run home run that landed into the left field stands to give the Reds a 3-0 victory.
With the Mets losing yet another heart breaker, they resume the series Wednesday night. R.A Dickey takes the mound as he seeks his 16th win of the season. He matches up against Mike Leake.