The Mets three-game winning streak is history and Jason Bay might be as well, as the Mets fell to the Reds at Citi Field.
In the second inning Jay Bruce hit a long drive into the left field corner. Bay gave chase and dove, missing the ball but sliding face first into the wall. He was slow to get up and Bruce ran all the way around the bases for an inside the park home run. Bay left the game and was replaced by Scott Hairston, who later in the inning bobbled a ball that led to a second run as the Reds took a 2-0 lead.
Bay did not look good as he walked off the field on the arm of the trainer. He appeared dazed and may have stumbled at least once. It looked to me like he was doing all he could not to collapse. The Mets said on Twitter that he has a possible concussion, which would be his second in less than two years. The first one, of course, was also when he went face first into a wall, and it eventually ended his 2010 season. The guy just can’t stay on the field.
Brandon Phillips slammed a two-run homer in the third to make it 4-0.
The Mets got on the board in the sixth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo homer to right. It was his third home run in two games.
Dillon Gee was lifted after six innings, allowing four runs (three earned), allowing just five hits, striking out four and walking one.
Jeremy Hefner replaced Gee in the seventh, and once again the Mets bullpen could not keep the game close. Hefner allowed a two-run double as the Reds extended the lead to 6-1.
Those runs were big because with a man on in the bottom of the inning Scott Hairston hit a long home run off the facade of the second deck in left. Instead of being a one-run game, it only cut the lead to 6-3.
The Mets would go on to lose by a final score of 7-3.