Chris Young solid in third start since shoulder surgery

Right hander Chris Young started for the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon, allowing  just three runs — two earned — on nine hits over seven innings of work, though, he was rewarded with a loss:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

Young, making his third start since shoulder surgery last year, had another strong outing.  He worked his way in and out of a jam in the third before allowing  three two-out runs in top of the fifth inning, giving the Reds a lead they would not relinquish. After allowing a lead off double to Reds starter Johnny Cueto, Zack Cozart reached safely on a bunt single placing runners on first and third with no-outs.  the 6’10″ starter beared down to retire the next three batters — Wilson Valdez, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips — to escape the innings unscathed.

Young, however, would not be so fortunate in the fifth.  The Reds shortstop, Zack Cozart got things started with the first of three consecutive two-out hits; a double to left field.  Wilson Valdez followed the Cozart double with an RBI single to plate the Reds first run of the afternoon.  After Valdez advanced to second on the throw to the plate, Mets manager Terry Collins called for an intentional walk of first baseman Joe Votto.  Brandon Phillips made the Mets pay with a single to right; an errant throw from Lucas Duda allowed Votto to score the innings third run before Young retired Jay Bruce to end the frame. Following the game, Young said the following about his outing:

You try to hold the team in the game and give the team a chance to win, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to win today, as Cueto was better. I wish we had won the game. I needed to make that RBI stand up, and I didn’t do it.”

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