Jon Niese got hit hard in this one to the tune of 4 earned runs in 4 innings. He gave up 8 hits including a 3-run triple by Erik Aybar in the second inning that started to put the game out of reach. He just didn’t have it today. And Manny Acosta came in for the sixth and seventh innings and threw gas on the fire by allowing two solo homers. One was by light-hitting catcher Jeff Mathis and the other was by struggling Vernon Wells.
The Mets offense couldn’t get anything going against rookie Tyler Chatwood. All 3 runs they scored were in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Bobby Cassevah. So the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
The Mets lose the home series and this is a bad one. Losing to a west coast team in inter-league play is a horrible series loss. The Mets are off tomorrow and the awful A’s come to town on Tuesday for three games.