The New York Mets appear to have brought their offensive struggles along on their longest road trip of the season.
New York looks to score some runs as it tries to avoid a sweep by the Oakland Athletics on the first leg of its 12-game trip.
The Mets, who lost 5-0 in Tuesday’s opener, fell 3-2 on Wednesday.
The loss was their sixth in seven games, with the Mets failing to score more than three runs in any of those defeats.
“It was good to see they scored two (in the bottom of the sixth) and we answered right back,” said Mientkiewicz, who came into the game hitting just .136 with runners in scoring position this season. “Those little things you build on as an offense. It stinks to lose, but we have to take a positive out of it.”
Not helping is the absence of Mike Cameron. Mets manager Willie Randolph waited until game time to decide whether or not the right fielder, who is suffering from a strained right quadriceps muscle and swollen knee, could play.
Cameron, who also dislocated his left ring finger in Sunday’s game against the Angels, wore two patches on his leg overnight to decrease the swelling, but was still given another day to recover.
Former Met Marco Scutaro’s winning single off the wall in left-center Wednesday gave Oakland its third straight win and eighth victory in June, surpassing their May win total of seven.
Scutaro’s reliable defense in the infield also has been key for the A’s, who were without reigning AL Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby for nearly two months early in the year as he recovered from two fractured ribs.
“He’s been a clutch hitter for us,” manager Ken Macha said.