It’s getting to that point in the NY Mets’ season where the newspapers will stop devoting full stories and just use the AP briefs to report on the latest loss. Yesterday Collin McHugh made a sparkling Major League debut, striking out nine, walking one, and giving up just two hits in seven innings. Then the wheels came off. Bobby Parnell gave up a fly ball that the inexperienced Jordany Valdespin misplayed into a triple to start the eighth. A single drove in the runner for the only tally of the game. The Mets are now 10 games under .500 and dropping into last place in the NL East. The Houston Astros — the worst team in the Majors — come to Queens to begin a weekend series. By the way, Ike Davis was 0-2 with two walks.
Ryan Lavarnway started as catcher and went 0-3 as the Boston Red Sox lost to the visiting Los Angeles Angels, 14-13, in 10 innings. Lavarnway was replaced in the seventh. Craig Breslow came on to relieve in the 10th with a runner on first and the Angels up 13-12. He gave up a double for an insurance run, although it was not credited against his account.
Sam Fuld was in the leadoff spot for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 5-0 win over the visiting Oakland A’s. He was 1-4 with a run scored and one RBI.
Ian Kinsler was 1-3 with two walks, which added up to three runs scored (he also contributed an RBI) as the Texas Rangers beat the visiting Minn. Twins, 10-6. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game.
Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers had the day off, as did Jason Marquis and the San Diego Padres and Kevin Youkilis and the Chicago White Sox.
And then there were nine: The Phillies sent pitcher Michael Schwimer to AAA Lehigh Valley. Perhaps he’ll be back when the ML rosters can expand to 40 on Sept. 1.