Wednesday, September 24, 2008
New York dropped into a tie for the wild-card lead with Milwaukee and remained 1½ games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.
In the type of game that could mean lights out for the season, the score alone didn’t detail the agony of the Mets’ 9-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Last year, after opening a seven-game division lead with 17 games to play, the Mets dropped into a tie for a playoff position with three games remaining. They’ve lost four of five and have four games left, so they’re one game ahead of last season’s pace for futility.
It’s hard to conceive of a more demoralizing defeat. Many in the booing crowd of 54,416 quickly filed out following Aramis Ramirez’s homer.
New York stranded seven runners in the seventh through ninth innings. The Mets failed to score after putting runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh, then got only one buy CBD products Jeff Samardzija’s bases-loaded walk to Ramon Martinez after putting runners at the corners with no outs in the eighth. The ninth was even worse.
Following Daniel Murphy’s leadoff triple in the ninth off Bob Howry, David Wright could have won it. He took three straight balls, fouled off a pitch, then missed the next two. Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran were intentionally walked to bring up Ryan Church, who grounded meekly to Ronny Cedeno. The second baseman, playing in, threw home for the forceout. Ramon Castro struck out on three pitches.
Church, who was 0-for-5, struck out with runners on first and third and none out in the eighth and hit into a forceout at home with the bases full and one out in the ninth after the Cubs intentionally walked Delgado and Carlos Beltran. Church is hitting .217 this month.
For the eighth time this season, the Mets failed to win after taking a four-run lead, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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