It started out well enough on Sunday. The skies were still cloudy, but it was warmer that it was for the home opener Friday. I got to the park earlier and had time to check out the new displays at the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum. (I’ll get back to that another day, but I have mixed feelings about it.) I even got an autograph from R.A. Dickey after the pitchers did their pre-game throwing and running.
The game got off to a good start, too. Chris Young baffled the Nationals hitters, limiting them to just one run on one hit over seven innings of work. The Mets gave him two runs to work with in the bottom of the first inning, and added another in the fifth. Young should have gotten his second win in as many starts.
Instead, the ageless Ivan Rodriguez hit a ball to right field that Lucas Duda couldn’t get to to start the eighth. Then Ian Desmond got an RBI single. Then came an RBI groundout from Rick Ankiel, and there went Young’s victory.
The bullpen continued to struggle, but somehow we got to bonus baseball. The Mets had a chance in the bottom of the tenth: Jose Reyes singled to lead off, but Willie Harris failed to bunt him over and David Wright and Angel Pagan couldn’t drive him in.
Then Blaine Boyer imploded in the 11th, and that was the end of that.
A promising day at the ballpark turned into a frustrating loss instead. After the game, Boyer was designated for assignment and Jason Isringhausen and Ryota Igarashi were promoted in an effort to bolster and remake the bullpen. Hopefully Igarashi will have better luck this year and Isringhausen can re-capture the magic he had in Oakland and St. Louis.
The Mets are 0-2 when I go out to Citi Field this year. The Rockies come in tonight and I’ll be there to watch Mike Pelfrey try again to earn his first “W” of 2011.