- Last Updated: 6:33 AM, June 17, 2012
- Posted: 1:26 AM, June 17, 2012
After excelling in the clutch all season, and bludgeoning the Rays for 29 runs in a three-game sweep, the Mets suddenly can’t buy a big hit when they needed one.
They left a small armada on base, saw Ike Davis and David Wright send three balls to the warning track, and got smothered 4-1 by Cincinnati last night.
“We’re sitting in our position because of our hitting with two out, and [last night] we didn’t,’’ said manager Terry Collins, who saw his Mets strand men in scoring position in four of the first six innings, just 2-for-12 in such clutch spots last night.
After Scott Hairston’s leadoff double in the second, Josh Thole singled to set up first and third; but the Mets couldn’t scrape across a run. Then with two on and none out in the sixth, Hairston flew out, Thole hit into a fielder’s choice and Omar Quintanilla popped out.
“I’ve got to get it going personally, fist and second one out I’ve got to get a hit there,” Thole said. “I’ve got to start driving the ball.
“Sitting in the dugout, Ike hit his and David hit two of them I thought were gone. I don’t know if it was just thick air or what.’’
Davis drove a ball to the track in left in the third inning and another to the track in dead center in the eighth. Wright drove one to deep center in the fifth and to the track in right in that eighth, all with nothing to show for it but frustration.
“It felt like the ball wasn’t really carrying for some reason. I hit those pretty well,’’ Davis said. “I thought the first one I hit to left field was going to be a double, and it just stayed up there and [Ryan Ludwick] ran under it. Then that last one I thought had at least a chance for maybe a homer off the wall, but it just didn’t get there.
“What am I going to do? I squared up three balls and just didn’t really buy any luck. Maybe [today] or the next day they’ll get out.’’Follow @NYPostsports