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Bobby Parnell blows save, Mets lose on wild pitch

Jul 17, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

Bobby Parnell AP

Those who believe Bobby Parnell just doesn’t have the mentality to close have gained a little more ammunition over the last week.

Parnell blew his second save in four days, and Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch to score the winning run in the 10th as the Mets lost to the Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday.

Parnell is now 2-for-4 in save opportunities since replacing the injured Frank Francisco in the closer’s role. He hasn’t really fallen apart in either blown save; the Nationals, like the Braves before them on Saturday, simply managed to string together three singles and score a run off him tonight. Still, that can’t make manager Terry Collins feel much better about things.

After Parnell lost a one-run lead in the ninth, the Mets went back ahead in the top of the 10th on a Josh Thole double. However, Tim Byrdak and Beato combined to blow it from there.  A Bryce Harper triple tied the game, and Beato’s wild pitch ended it.

With Parnell looking like a better option in the eighth than the ninth, the Mets could go to a closer-by-committee until Francisco returns. However, they’re short of quality alternatives, and one guy Collins does seem to have faith in for a late-inning role, Miguel Batista, is about to move into the rotation in place of Dillon Gee.

  1. orakpownd - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Gotta love Ol’ “Bruce” Harper

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      I’m blaming autocorrect for that one!

  2. mianfr - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM


  3. jon623 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Speaking of Bryce Harper… I’m surprised there hasn’t been an article about the fantastic prank some of the Nat’s players pulled on Ozzie after the pine tar episode!!

  4. jssgriffi - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Doesnt the GM realize they need a closer!!!!!!!!! And another relief pitcher!! WTF! They would be pretty damn good

  5. Reggie's Bush - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Add Clippard for a blown save in this game as well.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Consecutive poor outings for Clippard. The previous appearance in Miami, he loaded the bases in a 4-run game, then got out of it.

      Rumor has it, Mike Rizzo is “interested” in another reliever. How “interested” is unclear, especially considering Drew Storen’s return.

  6. sincitybonobo - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I was lucky enough to attend this game. I’ve been to my share of games at 22 MLB parks and if this game were played in October, it would be tagged with the “instant classic” designation.

    Both starters, Niese and Detwiler, were outstanding. There was only one unintentional walk issued. There were four stellar defensive plays, including a Harper laser beam from CF that prevented Wright from scoring on a would-be sac fly, preserving a 1-0 lead in the top of the 7th.

    Jordeny Valdespin pinch hit for Jason Bay in the Mets’ most crucial AB- and promptly jacked a 3-run go-ahead HR in the 9th. I hope Bay can recapture some of his former glory, but this could not have helped his psyche.

    Also, this is an an excellent park and the presentation of the game is sharp and polished. The Nats are for real in 2012 and this franchise is heading is a very positive direction. They picked a particularly good couple of years to finish DFL in the majors. Strasburg and Harper are two gifts that would make many GM’s look like geniuses. But, beyond these two blue-chippers, the organization is doing a lot of things right.

    • kkolchak - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Yep–look who it was that hit the Nats’ lone dinger last night–rookie Tyler Moore, a 15th round draft pick. Rookie Steve Lombardozzi, who batted leadoff filling in for Desmond and who has become a highly valuable super utility guy, was drafted in the 21st round. Rizzo’s scouting department has proved its worth time and time again.

  7. The Dangerous Mabry - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    “With Parnell looking like a better option in the eighth than the ninth,”

    Is it gauche to point out that Parnell’s first of two blown saves came in the eighth? I just think it’s valuable information to note that there’s nothing magical about the ninth inning here.

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