Manager Dave Trembley tried to put the best possible spin on the 6-4 loss to the Mets, and particularly the performance of Jeremy Guthrie, who faltered in the fourth inning but held things together and worked into the seventh.
"Jeremy came out and started the game and pitched very well,'' Trembley said. "Tonight was the kind of game that you win more times than not, but we didn't do what we needed to do to win."
Guthrie did not give up a hit until Brian Roberts misplayed a routine double play ball in the fourth inning, then gave up a string of well-hit balls to spot the Mets a four-run lead. But Trembley chose too look on the bright side.
"I'd rather have him keep throwing strikes than walk people,'' he said. "I don't think he gave in one bit. He kept throwing strikes. His velocity was good. He kept us in the game."
Dave also took Aubrey Huff's seventh-inning error in stride. Huff tried to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch as Brian Roberts bore down on the play, but Trembley said he did not feel Roberts could be expected to get there in time.
"If you look where BRob was playing, he was shading toward second base,'' Trembley said. "If he's over more, he settles right under it. To our disadvantage, the ball wasn't hit high enough."