Carlos Torres says he hates losing as Mets lose series to Brewers

By Rich Mancuso

On a sports web site Mets pitcher Carlos Torres is seen hitting himself on both sides of his head with a towel over his face in a brief video. The cameras caught the frustration etched on his face after he took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th inning at Citi Field Thursday night.

The Mets lost another series, 5-1 to the Brewers. Their bullpen took a major league high 17th defeat. Torres will never accept defeat.

“I hate losing,” he said. “The pitches just did not go where I wanted them to go,” he would say. Torres has been the Mets most effective reliever out of their pen. The 30-year-old right-hander has is on a record pace for a Mets pitcher when it comes to throwing innings in a season. Yes, he has become Mr. reliable, and for the most part very effective.

But on a night that seemed to be going their way, the Mets let another game get away as they dropped to a season low eight games under .500, at 29-37 and moved into a last place tie with the Phillies in the National league east.

Torres says he can get the ball every day and manager Terry Collins has gone to him often. But a total of 65 pitches in two consecutive games, 2/1-2 innings of work may have taken a toll. Torres hung a curve to Jonathan Lucroy in the 13th, a two-run homer to deep left breaking a 1-1 tie.

Collins had to keep Torres in the game. The pen was thin because Jennry Mejia, the closer, after getting two outs in the tenth, could not pitch the 11th because his back stiffened up.

So, Torres (2-4) took one for the team, except he does not like being on the losing end. He entered the game with 34 outings, tied for second in the major leagues and denies he is arm weary. Collins in all probability will keep him off the mound Friday night when the Mets open a three-game series with the struggling San Diego Padres.

 “Fine, everything feels fine,” Torres commented when asked about the amount of innings he has put in with less than half a season complete. “We didn’t have a choice either way. It’s my job to go out there.  I went back out there.”

But there was a noted tone of disappointment, and frustration. Torres said he takes the game home with him. In fact, this writer observed Torres reviewing the bad inning on his I-Pod as he exited Citi Field in a misty rain. In a nutshell, he can be intense when it comes to competition, and he is very proud to be cheering on Mexico in the opening round of the World Cup Friday.

“We just try and manage one day at a time and manage the highs from the lows and try and stay on the cue,” he said.

There was no talk again about the Mets lack of offense, though that has contributed to so many disappointing losses that have not been attributed to good outings by the Mets starting pitching and the pen this night got no support.  New York stranded seven runners from the ninth to the 11th inning. David Wright went 1-for-5, though his swings were better, and he took some suggestions from Collins to try and improve on 2-for his last 30 at the plate.

However, when the Mets pen, that has gone through many changes fails, there is an added concern. Carlos Torres does not want to be the one responsible for a failure.

“Just have to go out there next time and do better,” he said.

NOTES:  The first six innings went a little over an hour as Mets starter Jonathon Niese and Kyle Lohse of the Brewers had a classic pitching duel.  But, as has been a habit, the Mets made it a marathon now 5-6 in extra inning games…

Niese pitched into the eighth inning allowing one run and six hits, striking out a season high 8. “Just the way it goes,” he said when asked how he reacted to Collins removing him after 97 pitches. Niese has not allowed more than three runs this season which adds to the frustration…

Daniel Murphy batted in the leadoff spot as Collins made adjustments due to a sore calf that was bothering Curtis Granderson, that put him out of the lineup.

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