Mets general manager Sandy Alderson led the way, with team COO Jeff Wilpon trailing behind him. The two club executives circled the Citi Field home clubhouse, going from locker to locker to congratulate and hug the somber Met players still licking their wounds.
Jose Reyes, the switch-hitter who joined the team in June after getting released from the Rockies, called Wednesday’s loss “tough” and muttered that Giants ace Madison Bumgarner “never gave in.”
“We have a little bit of opportunity, and we wasn’t able to do anything with it,” said Reyes, summing up the paltry Mets offense against one of the game’s best pitchers and postseason performers.
Bumgarner gave up four hits in the complete-game shutout, and the fifth inning presented one of the only opportunities that Mets had all night to try and plate a run. T.J. Rivera led off the inning with a double to left, but made a base-running blunder when catcher Rene Rivera hit a grounder to short with one out. Brandon Crawford fielded the ball but TJ Rivera had already broken for third and was soon caught in a rundown before being tagged out.
“Unfortunately got into a little pickle,” said TJ Rivera. “My adrenaline got to me a little bit. I saw the ball hit and I was ready to score. Those kind of things happen. I saw the third baseman kind of break a little bit. I thought I could slide into third and once I broke that way, I was stuck in the middle. My goal was get in a rundown so Rene could get to second. It’s tough in an environment like this. You want to do so much. You want to be the guy to win the game or help get us on board early.”
Rene Rivera moved to second on the play and was in scoring position with two outs. James Loney was intentionally walked so Bumgarner could face his counterpart Noah Syndergaard. But the Mets right-hander struck out to squash the lone scoring threat.
Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and he declined to talk with the media afterward. Trade deadline pickup Jay Bruce was 0-for-3 with a whiff.
“You knew it was going to be a dogfight,” said Bruce of the pitching matchup.
But the Mets came out on the wrong side of the battle and now it’s wait until next year with a lot of question marks looming on who will be part of the 2017 roster. There is a team option on Reyes, but he was unsure what his future might hold.
“We feel very proud. I’d love to finish my career here. We’ll see what happens,” said Reyes. “I’d love to be here for sure. We feel very good about this group. Hopefully I’ll be here next year. I know next year is going to be even better.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News