Say It Ain't Seo: Mets Lose 5-4 to Expos

The Mets left thirteen men on base, saw their number three hitter leave with an injury, committed two errors that led to two unearned runs, and went on to lose 5-4 to the Montreal Expos 5-4 on Saturday night inside Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Overall, well, it was a pretty day for Art Howe's club, who have now lost last their last four games.

Jae Seo (0-1) got battered around in his five and two-third innings of work as Mike Piazza went 0-for-5 and left a team high five runners on base. After sitting out on Friday, the Met catcher hit a fly ball to the warning track in the top of the ninth that could have tied the game, but it was run down by Endy Chavez.

The Expos (7-4) got on the board in the bottom of the second after Michael Barret hit a ground ball directly at Seo with Brad Wilkerson on first, but when he Seo to second for the beginning of a double play both Alomar and Sanchez were skeptical on who was supposed to take the throw. The ball hit off Alomar's glove, went into centerfield, and put runners on first and third with one out for Montreal.

Shortstop Jamey Carroll then laid down a suicide squeeze that scored Wilkerson and put the Expos ahead 1-0. Pitcher Livan Hernandez (1-0), who has a .242 lifetime batting average, then hit a soft single into shallow right field that plated Barrett.

Livan Hernandez went 6 innings for the Expos and surrendered eight hits, 2 runs (1 earned), one walk, while striking out six.

The next inning, after Mike Piazza struck out with two runners on, Vladimir Guerrero singled to lead off the inning and was moved to second on a Jeff Liefer groundout. Fernando Tatis drove him home with a double down the left field line and the Expos were up 3-0.

Jeromy Burnitz came up in the top of the fourth for the Mets (4-7) with Ty Wigginton on first and Mo Vaughn on second. Burnitz thumped a double off the right field wall that was a foot from being a home run and Vaughn trotted home to score. Then Jose Vidro took a ball that Jeff Liefer booted on a Seo grounder and tried to get Wigginton at home, but the ball was knocked loose after a hard slide from the rookie third basemen.

Seo retired Fernando Tatis and Brad Wilkerson to start the eighth, but then allowed a solo homer to Michael Barrett and an RBI double to pinch hitter Ron Calloway that scored Jamey Carroll. Seo was removed after he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits, five runs (3 earned), no walks, while striking out four.

Scott Strickland and Mike Stanton then shutout the Expos out for the final 2 1/3 innings, but the damage was already done.

Cliff Floyd left the game in the top of the seventh after he singled, but when he made the turn around first he strained his right Achilles tendon. Tsuyoshi Shinjo went into run and replaced him in leftfield. Rey Sanchez also was forced to leave in the third inning with a stomach virus and was replaced by Joe McEwing.

Notes
Roger Cedeno, hitting .167, was replaced in the starting lineup by Timo Perez. Perez went 2-for-4 and is hitting .333. He got hit by a pitch on his left hand in the seventh inning, that he struck out on, but was okay... Alomar went 2-for-3 with his 1,417th run that allowed him to pass Roberto Clemente for the most by Puerto Rican-born players in Major League history... Al Leiter (2-0, 2.13) opposes Zach Day (1-1, 2.38) on Sunday.


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