The much maligned Oliver Perez pitched a great game last night, only to have the Mets usually reliable closer, Francisco Rodriguez, have a colossal meltdown.
Perez pitched 6.1 innings, only allowing 1 run, 2 hits, 2 walks, and seven strikeouts. The Mets held a 2-1 lead entering the ninth when Rodriguez was summoned.
Rodriguez allowed an astounding five runs; surrendering two hits, and walking three. The last hit was the killer. With no one out and bases loaded and the game tied, K-Rod gave up a grand slam to rookie SS,
Rodriguez, who started the season dominating the NL, has been shakey of late. Much of it might be to the lack of use since the All Star game. Last night was his fifth blown save, and there seems to be no end to countless ways this team finds ways to lose.
The Mets continue to plummet in the standings, falling to 11 games behind the NL East leading Phillies.
One thing becomes astoundingly clear: Even Rock Bottom Has A Trap Door.