Perhaps it's a good thing that only a few hundred or so diehards dotted Citi Field's stands during Monday's doubleheader. That's just how futile the Mets were on this gray, raw day as they dropped both games to the Giants, 6-1 and 7-2.
The Mets scraped together only 13 hits total. Their runs in the nightcap came on Justin Turner's single in the fifth and Daniel Murphy's eighth-inning sacrifice fly. Mike Baxter's double in the second inning of the opener produced their only run against Tim Lincecum.
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But they certainly had more chances to put a few crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The Mets went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 20 on base. They hit .181 (7-for-38) with runners in scoring position while losing three of four to the Giants.
Giants lefthander Madison Bumgarner (3-1) allowed only three hits and a run in seven innings in the second game.
"It's been one of those stretches for us," Jason Bay said. "You give some credit to their pitching, but at the same time, you can't give credit every single day. You have to put some runs together. We're not a team that's built to score 10 or 12 every day. We are able to scratch and claw four, five, six, and it's just one of those stretches right now."
It's been a forgettable stretch for nearly everyone, particularly Ike Davis. The first baseman (0-for-5, .136) left a whopping 11 men on base, and his final plate appearance aptly summed up a frustrating night for him.
With the bases loaded and the Mets down 7-1 in the second game, Davis hit for Turner and got to a full count on Clay Hensley. Hensley caught him looking on a sinker for the eighth inning's third out, and Davis slammed his bat in disgust and flung his helmet toward the dugout.
"It was my third 'K' on the day and like my fourth time getting out with the bases loaded,'' Davis said. "It could have been a culmination of everything."
Plus, he thought umpire Dana DeMuth called a low strike.
"Yeah, I did," Davis said. "Sometimes they call a ball that might've been low. But that's not the reason for me hitting whatever I'm hitting."
Terry Collins also believed the ball was out of the zone. "I didn't think it was a strike," he said.
Davis wasn't any better in the opener. He faced Lincecum (1-2, 8.20 ERA) with the bases loaded twice and grounded out both times, including an inning-ending double play.
"I see a guy that's really trying to make one swing do a lot, do some big damage," Collins said. "They really have made very good pitches on him, but we've been trying to tell him to use the field a little bit more. He's got some power to left-center and leftfield, and everything is away, away, away and he's not getting much to drive. So he's got to make some better adjustments."
After losing for the fifth time in six games, the entire team might need to make a few adjustments if the Mets (8-8) are going to get back on track.
Miguel Batista (0-1) gave up six runs in 32/3 innings in the opener. In the second game, Dillon Gee (1-2) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 62/3 innings.
"We haven't pitched like we are capable of pitching this week," Collins said. "But we've got a good offensive club that's not hitting, and that's hurt us.
"We had chances and guys all over the bases tonight, and that's what we've got to do -- start driving in some of those runs -- and I think it will get us going."