Sloppy: Mets Fall 11-4 to Expos

After two straight nights of unbridled enthusiasm, the impressive play of the Mets' youth movement became ugly, much as the play of now former second basemen Roberto Alomar, who was traded to Chicago Tuesday. However, it wasnt only the fault of the young guns, as Tony Clark and Jay Bell each contributed with an error in the fourth inning, which proved disastrous for Met starter Jae Weong Seo as his team fell to the Expos 11-4 on Wednesday night inside Shea Stadium.

After allowing just one hit to the Montreal Expos in the first three innings, Seo loaded the bases with a walk to Brad Wilkerson for Exposition second basemen Jose Vidro, who hit two home runs Tuesday night, one of which tied the game in the eight inning. Perhaps wary of this fact, Seo walked Vidro to force in a run. Tony Clark then threw a Ron Calloway ground ball to the backstop, allowing the run he was trying to cut off at home to score.

Wilkerson and Vidro moved up to second and third respectively, and both later scored, Wilkerson on a Wil Cordero single and Vidro on an Edwards Guzman sacrifice fly. Brian Schneider then singled in Calloway. That was followed by a rare mechanical error by Jay Bell, who failed to cover first base on a Livan Hernandez sacrifice bunt.

Howe mercifully removed Seo from the game and brough tin Pedro Feliciano, who struck out Endy Chavez and gettnig Orlando Cabrera to ground out to Rey Sanchez at shortstop, who was playing for Jose Reyes, who is day-to-day with a strained hamstring.

The fifth inning wasn't kind to the Mets either, as four more Expos came in to score. It didnt have to be that way, as all the scoring came with two outs. With Wilkerson on at second base and Cordero on at first, Guzman brought in Wilkerson with a single. Schneider scored Cordero with a single, and Livan Hernandez plated Guzman with a single.

After Endy Chavez walked to load the bases, Ty Wigginton made his seventh error of the season on a slowly hit Cabrera ground ball that bounced off of the tip of his glove. Schneider scored and the inning was prolonged. Recently recalled Jaime Cerda then came in for Feliciano.

Cerda walked Wilkerson with the bases loaded to let in a run, but was able to stem the bleeding from there, getting Jose Vidro to ground out to Wigginton. The Expos scored again in the ninth, with a Joe Vitiello home run off of John Franco.

The Mets actually jumped out to the early 4-0 lead, on Jeromy Burnitz's first inning homerun, a line drive off the painted pennants in rightfield. Jason Phillips continued with his hot hitting, hitting a homerun over the leftfield fence in the second. Phillips struck again in the third, driving in Timo Perez and Jay Bell on a bases loaded single.

Al Leiter is expected to miss his start against the Reds on Saturday due to a swollen knee, and may sit out until after the All-star break.

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