Mets Notes & Quotes: Bell gets rung

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Thursday, May 12

Last Game: Cubs 4, Mets 3. Derrek Lee cracked a game-winning home run off reliever Heath Bell in the bottom of the tenth inning, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 win at Wrigley Field.

Bell bailed the Mets out of a tight spot in the bottom of the ninth, relieving Dae-Sung Koo and inducing a 1-2-3 double play from Neifi Perez to end the inning. The Mets had tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out, run-scoring single by Eric Valent.

Starter Victor Zambrano went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out four. Opponent Mark Prior was better, however, going seven strong innings and limiting the Mets to just a two-run Victor Diaz double in a two-hit, seven-strikeout performance.

The Mets dropped the series to the Cubs, 2-1, and fell to 18-17 overall.

Notes, Quotes

  • Outfielder Mike Cameron sat for the first time in six games since his return from the disabled list, helping manager Willie Randolph get Diaz's bat in the lineup. Cameron is hitting .476 with two homers since returning from the left wrist tendinitis that cost him all of April.

  • Third baseman David Wright made his way back into the Mets' lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a bruised left foot, going 1-for-4 in the loss.

  • Reliever Dae-Sung Koo may be on the hot seat. An inning before Bell allowed the walkoff home run to Derrek Lee, Koo nearly gave the Cubs the winning run, walking Corey Patterson on four pitches to load the bases in the ninth inning.

    Randolph told reporters that it is still too early to start "jumping ship" regarding Koo, but was clearly not pleased with Koo's performance to date. Koo has a 5.00 ERA in 13 appearances so far this season, and opponents are batting .306 against the Korean-born reliever.

    "He can't do that. That's for sure," Randolph told reporters. "That's not why I brought him in."

    On Deck

  • The Mets return to Shea Stadium on Friday to open a nine-game homestand, seeing the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.

    Tom Glavine (1-4, 6.87) heads to the hill looking to reverse his recent struggles of late – Glavine has not won in his last three starts, allowing no fewer than four runs in any of those outings. Jason Marquis (5-1, 3.26) gets the start for St. Louis.

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