Last night’s game was a tough pill to swallow. It was more like trying to swallow a brick. Johan was staked to a 4-0 lead early and we were shown graphics about how the 2012 Mets don’t often get the lead early, but when they do they prefer Dos Equis they are 11-4. It looked like the Mets would be able to continuously jump on an ineffective Erik Bedard, but they couldn’t muster more than the four run second frame.

Then came the fourth inning when Johan got knocked around for 3 consecutive doubles resulting in two runs to cut the Mets lead in half. And in the seventh Johan surrendered a tying two run shot to Michael McKenry. WHO!?

After the Mets failed to get Nieuwenhuis home from third base with one out in the eighth they promptly committed arguably the worst defensive gaffe of the season when Baxter and Nieuwenhuis collided on a routine fly ball resulting in a leadoff three base error by Neil Walker, who would score on a sacrifice fly and put the Pirates ahead for good 5-4.

This loss stung and elicited a mini muttering obscenity laced tirade on my part. It was the kind of loss that led to taking a walk in the rain without an umbrella. The good thing is its just one loss and the Mets can still take the series before heading back home for a prolonged home stand. It starts tonight.