Mets make 3 errors in inning in loss to Cubs
CHICAGO -- Terry Collins may be kicking himself Tuesday for not playing the stock market or buying a lottery ticket. Because his ability to see the future Monday was uncanny.
Collins was concerned about his Mets having a letdown game Monday night against the Cubs, who came in with the worst record in baseball. The Mets had just played their undermanned hearts out in losing two of three to the Yankees in the Subway Series and, after arriving in Chicago at 4:10 a.m. after a delay-filled flight, were "absolutely out of gas," according to Collins.
And it was so. The Mets looked flat at the plate and silly in the field in a 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field. They were shut out until there were two outs in the ninth, when Ike Davis hit his ninth home run.
The Mets, who have lost three straight, managed only six hits against Travis Wood (2-3) and two relievers. They made three errors -- two for three bases each -- in the Cubs' four-run seventh inning.
"We were certainly . . . we were a little flat," Collins said.
Before the game, he said: "I'm really concerned about tonight because of the weekend series -- all the hoopla, all the excitement, all the adrenaline, and absolutely a brutal trip in here last night. Those guys, I'm sure, are absolutely out of gas today. We're going to see if we can rise the energy up a little bit."
They didn't. Johan Santana, the only Met to fly ahead to Chicago, was the hard-luck loser. Santana (5-4) allowed two runs in six innings, with his only mistake turning into Joe Mather's two-run home run into a fierce wind in the fourth.
"I knew we had -- they had -- a tough night," Santana said. "I was fine. I was just waiting and hoping to do my job and help."
The wind came into play in the seventh. With Jon Rauch pitching, pinch hitter Adrian Cardenas hit a pop-up seemingly headed for third base that David Wright kept chasing as it carried back toward home plate.
Wright missed the ball. It bounced about one foot in front of the righthanded batter's box and rolled all the way to the backstop. Cardenas took third on the E-5.
"I thought I was under it," Wright said. "And then kind of found out that I wasn't."
With the infield in, Rauch struck out Reed Johnson before Darwin Barney lofted a short fly ball to right. Davis and Ronny Cedeño chased it but were too far in to get to the ball. Lucas Duda reached it but didn't catch it.
Duda missed the ball as he slid and seemed to shy away from Davis. The ball caromed into foul territory as a run scored and Barney raced to -- you guessed it -- third base on the E-9.
There was more: The next batter, Starlin Castro, grounded a ball off Cedeño for an E-4 and another run. Jeff Baker had an RBI single off Ramon Ramirez, and one more run scored on a groundout for a 6-0 lead. Four runs on one hit, with all of the runs unearned.
Asked if he thought making three errors in an inning was "weird," Collins said: "That'd be one way to describe it. I have another description for it. Not printable."
About the only highlights for the Mets were Wright's sixth-inning single, which gave him a 15-game hitting streak, and a scoreless inning for former Long Island Ducks lefthander Justin Hampson, who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo as Vinny Rottino was designated for assignment.
Otherwise, it was a wasted night in the Windy City.
Said Wright, "It's one of those games you want to forget about and move on to tomorrow."