QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX)—It is difficult to tell which highlight from the Mets game was harder to watch Thursday night: Francisco Rodriguez giving up a two-run homer to Brooks Conrad in the 9th inning to tie the game or D.J Carrasco literally allowing the game winning run cross home plate.
Allowing in this case means balking.
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Carrasco gave up back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners. The game ended when the Mets pitcher began to lift his left elbow but stopped without stepping off the rubber. The balk was called and Diory Hernandez was able to score without a pitch being thrown.
"Not too many things get to me, but to lose a game like that, man, that's hard to swallow," Carrasco said. "We battled the whole night. You've got to let somebody at least hit the ball or do something else rather than just balk in the winning run. This is going to be a tough night for me."
The Mets fought hard throughout the game but came up a bit short. They were done by 3 heading into the 5th inning but a four run rally gave them the lead. It seemed like it would be a rare series sweep for the Mets once their ace closer took the mind, but it just was not their night.
Every time you don't get it done," Rodriguez said, "it's pretty frustrating and tough to swallow."
It is an unfortunate end to a rather successful road trip for New York and the players and coaches are being sure to look at the positive from the past 10 games.
"Initially, it's tough," Dickey said. "Everybody here is grieving the loss, so there's heads hanging. But when we get on the plane, we will have taken six out of 10 games on the road, and that's a pretty good road trip."