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New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres caught punching himself

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I've heard of punching a wall. Even of punching the Gatorade cooler. Some baseball players even choose to hit something with a bat out of frustration.

But hitting yourself is something new. And Mets reliever Carlos Torres took it to a whole new level here on Thursday night.

Torres had what you could call a very bad effort. Miserable. He knew it. He took it out on himself. Why was Torres so frustrated?

He was pitching for a second straight night and it didn't go so well. Torres gave up four runs on seven hits in one inning of work and took the loss while jumping his ERA from 2.72 on the season to 3.54.

It's like those times when you were a kid and an older sibling or cousin held your arms and told you to stop hitting yourself. Only Torres actually did it.

Torres was able to take a solid effort from starter Jon Niese and turn it into an ugly loss. Niese had allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings before leaving in a 1-1 game.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI, then Mark Reynolds singled in two more runs.

"It is frustrating. You want to win all of them," said Niese, who struck out a season-high eight, to MLB.com. "But I guess that's just the way it goes. That's part of the game, and as starters we just try to keep the team in the game, give them a chance to win, give them a chance to get that big hit. It's frustrating that we can't pull it off."

The loss kept the Mets reeling and frustrated with the result.

"Trust me, the effort level is there, now it's just execution," Wright told MLB.com. "We've got to get more runners in scoring position so we have more opportunities to come through, [where] we're just not putting all of our eggs in one basket, waiting for one situation to break open.

"I take it tough. Trust me, I'm as hard on myself as anybody can be."

As for Torres, it's safe to say he'll be getting Friday night off. This isn't indicative of his season, just the tough luck the Mets have had of late.

It was his worst outing of the year. The only other one close came on May 2 at Colorado, when he gave up three earned runs off five hits in two innings. He's now given up just 16 earned runs on the season.

"We don't get blown out by anybody," Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB.com. "I don't care where it is, I don't care who we play. We just haven't been able to come up with a hit when we needed a hit.

"This is a game where you've got to step up. This is what it's about at this level. You've got to step up, you've got to make adjustments. We don't feel sorry for ourselves."

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