Snakebitten, Mets Drop Fourth Straight

The New York Mets dropped their fourth straight game on Saturday night, losing 6-4 to the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Diamondbacks took an early lead scoring two first inning runs off NY starter Mike Pelfrey.

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Pelfrey, however, settled down to throw three scoreless frames, but a line drive off his elbow cut the righthanders start short.  Big Pelf came out to start the bottom of the fifth inning and after getting ahead in the count 0-1, Gerald Parra ripped a line drive back up the box, that struck Pelfrey just above his pitching elbow prompting  manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez to visit the mound. Mike pleaded his case to both parties, but to no avail, as he Collins called upon D.J. Carrasco to relieve his starter.  Swelling on his right elbow was visible, but after X-ray’s came back negative, the injury was determined to be just a contusion:

Pelfrey: Right elbow contusion, X-rays negative.
Mike Puma

After a sacrifice bunt, Carrasco promptly plunked Willie Bloomquist before serving up a hanging curveball that Ryan Roberts deposited into the left field seats giving Arizona a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish. Prior to the three run bomb, Carrasco had gone six straight appearances without allowing a run:

Mike left the game with a lead, as the NY offense had mustered two runs in the second — highlighted by a Ruben Tejada two run double — before tacking on two more in the fourth.

After Ronnie Paulino drilled a one out double to deep centerfield, Mike Baxter crushed his first career triple well over the head of D-Backs centerfielder Chris Young to plate Paulino and give the Mets a 3-2 lead.  Pelfrey helped his own cause by punching a two out single to left to extend the NY lead, 4-2.

The Mets are back at it tomorrow when they send Chris Capuano to the mound to face Jason Marquies at 4:10 pm.





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