Another evening, another frustrating Mets loss.
Tuesday night, it was all Mark Ellis‘ fault.
Ellis hit a ball back up the middle that went off Jonathon Niese‘s leg for an infield hit in the third inning, knocking the Mets’ starter out of the game. On the bright side, Niese didn’t break anything. Now we just have to wait until he sees how he feels in the morning
In the fifth inning, Ellis hit his 100th career home run off of Robert Carson to tie the game at 2-2.
In the seventh inning, Ellis hit career homer #101, a three-run shot off of Brandon Lyon to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.
In the ninth inning, Jeurys Familia accomplished what no other Mets pitcher could do – he got Ellis to strike out. But by then, the Dodgers were winning 7-2 and it really didn’t matter any more.
Before tonight, I never really paid any attention to Ellis. The Ultimate Mets Database tells me he played in eight prior games against the Mets, going 9-for-31 with a double and two RBI in three interleague series when he played for Oakland and two games last year with the Dodgers. Can’t say I recall his performances.
I think I’ll remember Ellis now – especially if Niese ends up missing any significant time.