NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Mets outfielder Jason Bay, battling his way out of a horrendous slump, was riding a four-game hitting streak going into Sunday’s game against the Angels.
In his first at-bat, he ripped a grounder down the third-base line. Foul ball.
“I thought I had a double, and after I saw the replay still think I had a double,” Bay said. “That hurt. I felt like my at-bats were good and it could have been a much different day if the call had gone my way.”
Bay ended 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
“In a perfect world, I’d like him to hit fifth,” Collins said. “If he was really swinging good, with David being out, I’d like him to hit third and let Carlos hit behind him. I want him to relax and continue to hit sixth for now.”
Meanwhile, the Angels teed off on a shaky start from Jonathon Niese to beat New York 7-3.
Niese was 3-0 in his four previous starts, with five runs allowed and 25 strikeouts in 28 innings. On Sunday, the left-hander was charged with four of the five runs Los Angeles scored against him, and gave up eight hits before he was relieved in the fifth.
The last time Niese gave up more than two earned runs was May 12.
“I think the way he’s been going I think it probably caught some by surprise,” Bay said. “Sometimes you take things for granted. I think the way things (have) been going, I wouldn’t have thought it would happen.”
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