Mets Game 27: Loss to Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks 10 Mets 4
Last year in Game 27, the Mets came from behind to beat the Diamondbacks 9-4, highlighted by a last-inning, three-run homer by Damion Easley and a complete breakdown by D’backs closer Jose Valverde.
This time around, there was no Valverde to beat up on, and it was Arizona who came up with a bunch of runs at the end of the game.
For a few innings, it looked like Mike Pelfrey might be able to hang with Brandon Webb. Big Pelf got into deep counts and struggled mightily, but somehow held the D’backs to only three runs through four innings. Yeah, that’s not so great, but for Pelf it’s encouraging. However, the big righthander gave up two more runs in the fifth as Arizona expanded their lead to 5-1, which seemed insurmountable against Cy Young … er, I mean, Brandon Webb.
But, the usually uninspired Mets fought back in the sixth, as someone wearing Carlos Delgado’s uniform blasted a clutch three-run homer off the Arizona ace to make it a one-run game. With Webb out of the game, it appeared as though the Mets might just steal one from the Diamondbacks.
Then the eighth inning happened.
Duaner Sanchez, who is supposed to strike out every batter he faces and according to most people is 100 times better than Aaron Heilman, allowed singles to the first three batters he faced to load the bases and uncorked a wild pitch to allow a run before getting an out. He then allowed a fourth base hit to drive in another run, and walked the next batter before being lifted in lieu of LOOGY Scott Schoeneweis.
Schoeneweis made quick work of clearing the bases, giving up a long double to Augie Ojeda and a sacrifice fly to give the D-Backs three more runs (all charged to Duaner). With runners of his own responsibility on base, The Show was sure to strike out pinch-hitter Micah Owings to end the inning. When the dust cleared, the 5-4 game transformed into 10-4 Arizona, and the Mets went down meekly in the ninth against closer Brandon Lyon.
Backup second baseman Augie Ojeda — playing in place of the injured Orlando Hudson — had three hits and six RBI.
The Diamondbacks had 15 hits in 34 at-bats in the game, and also drew six walks. So, they were 21-40 for an OBP of over .500. I’m not too good at math, so I’m struggling to figure out how they made 24 outs in the game.
Brandon Webb now has SEVEN wins, and it’s only May 3rd. The Mets will be lucky to have a starter with seven wins at the All-Star break.
Rubber match pits a pair of aces: Johan Santana vs. Danny Haren. Oh wait, Webb is AZ’s ace, isn’t he? Game time is 4:10 pm EST, and will be carried on CW11, TBS, WFAN, and XM 184.