D'backs Put the Cap on Mets as "Amazins" Drop 5th Straight

The Mets will be happy to leave the desert after getting swept in their three game series against the Diamondbacks.  Losers of five straight ballgames, the Mets had all sorts of trouble on the mound in their 5-3 series finale loss on Sunday afternoon.

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Chris Capuano turned in another less than stellar start in which he could not escape a troubled inning, while also running out of gas at around the 90-pitch threshold.

The bats spotted their left-hander with two separate leads but Capuano just could not hold on.

Capuano gave up two runs in the bottom of the fourth, after Lucas Duda handed him a 1-0 lead with his homer to the right field seats, his fourth of the season, in the top half of the inning.

The Mets pulled ahead again, this time 3-2 in the top of the fifth, with run scoring hits from Justin Turner and Duda.

But in the bottom half, National League MVP candidate Justin Upton connected on an inside pitch, and sent it about 20 rows back in the left field bleachers to tie the ballgame.  Capuano handed the D’backs a 4-3 lead in the next inning after Paul Goldschmidt and Henry Blanco smashed back-to-back two out doubles.

The struggling left-hander was pulled after six innings, but the troubles on the mound only continued for the Mets.

Ryota Igarashi had an absolutely atrocious outing out of the bullpen.  He came on in the eighth trying to keep the Mets within one, but he allowed the D’backs to extend the lead.

In his outing, he faced four; did not retire anybody, hit a batter, yielded a single, and walked two, one of which with the bases loaded to push Arizona’s lead to 5-3.  The Mets managed to escape the nightmare inning when Pedro Beato snared a liner and doubled off Blanco at first base, after Tim Byrdak got pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay to fly out.

The Mets fifth straight loss drops them to four games under .500, the first time they have had that bad of a record since June 4.  The “Amazin’s” will finish the last half of their six-game road trip with a three game series at San Diego starting tomorrow night.  R.A. Dickey will be on the mound trying to win a rematch from August 10 against the Padres' Aaron Harang.


Injury Updates:

Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day DL on August 8 with another strain in his troublesome left hamstring.  The Newark Star Ledger reports that he has not resumed baseball activities, making him unlikely to be reactivated at the earliest available date of August 23.

Mike Pelfrey’s outing was cut short after four inngs last night after being struck in the elbow by a line drive.  The team’s website reports that X-rays were negative, and the pitcher expects to make his next scheduled start.

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