Mets Game 6: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 2 Mets 1

Johan Santana and Josh Johnson hooked up in a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel, and at the end, Johnson was the one left standing.

In a remarkably quick, 2 hour, 4-minute game, Johnson emerged as the victor and owner of MLB’s first complete game, dispatching of the Mets hitters through the use of a 96-MPH fastball and a filthy slider.

Santana, meanwhile, was no slouch, striking out 13 hitters and allowing only three hits and one walk. Unfortunately, he also allowed two runs — both unearned — and that was the difference in the ballgame.

The Marlins’ two runs came with two outs in the bottom of the second, when Danny Murphy dropped a Cody Ross fly ball, allowing Jeremy Hermida to score. Ronny Paulino followed with another single to score Ross.

The Mets’ lone run came in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, when Carlos Beltran singled up the middle to drive in Carlos Delgado, who had doubled. Delgado’s double came after what looked like a called third strike — which would’ve ended the game — but home plate umpire Bob Davidson called it a ball.

Game Notes

Marlins starter Josh Johnson did not allow a hit until Luis Castillo managed a broken-bat blooper in the sixth, and he threw a first-pitch strike to 19 consecutive hitters. His 101st pitch of the ballgame was clocked at 98 MPH. He was downright nasty all day.

It almost looked as if Johan made the decision to take it upon himself to retire the Fish on his own after Murphy’s error. After the error, Santana struck out 8 of the next 13 hitters he faced.

David Wright has collected a base hit in every game this year.

Ryan Church also has a hit in every game, as he hit yet another double. He now has 6 and is batting .478.

Kevin Burkhardt spoke about Ramon Castro’s offseason running program, which was a daily, intensive routine. Castro ran every single day and dropped a grand total of 15 pounds … I hope that means he gained some muscle weight, because he looks like the kind of guy who could shed more weight than that over four months of training. Burkhardt said he wasn’t sure why Castro decided to partake in such a regimen in this past particular offseason — apparently he’s never worked out hard in the winter months before. Here’s a hint, Kevin: contract year.

Cameron Maybin might strike out 200 times this year. He does look to have a world of talent, though. The Fish might strike out 1500 times as a team before it’s all said and done.

Not much to say about this game, other than the Mets ran into a very hot pitcher. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap, as they say.

Next Mets Game

The Mets play their first-ever regular season game at Citi Field against the San Diego Padres on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey takes the ball against 32-year-old Mexican League journeyman Walter Silva. Tom Seaver throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza. Apparently Sandy Koufax and Joe Pignatano were unavailable.

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  1. sincekindergarten April 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    That pitch to Delgado was a strike. Maybe the ump thought it a tad high–that’s about the only thing I can think of.

    I’ve got Johan on my fantasy team, so the Ks make me happy. The loss doesn’t. Here the guy is, at near midseason form, and the Mets can’t score a pair of runs to backstop him. Pitiful.

  2. Mic April 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    The dropped ball IS an issue.
  3. Walnutz15 April 13, 2009 at 7:29 am
    Hitting with RISP on this team is akin to the Rangers’ Power Play the last few years….


    Things had better improve if they expect to achieve anything this year.

    Masterful performance by Johan yesterday…a shame it was wasted. Granted, you tip your cap to Johnson — but again, the Mets had opportunities that they failed to cash-in-on.

    As stated, it took a gift from Bob Davidson in the 9th for them to even get up on the board.

    Hope they’re ready to swing the sticks tonight….the conditions will be nowhere near Floridian.

    At least the cast of West Side Story will warm them up with tonight’s National Anthem…..wonder how much money they saved in going that route, in lieu of a bigger name? (chuckles, but wipes a single tear streaming down his face, since it’s probably true.)

  4. joe April 13, 2009 at 7:34 am
    I’m mildly surprised that they’re even paying the cast of West Side Story. I figured they’d go with a local high school band — that would be a good public relations move to make nice with the community (oh, and save you a few bucks too).
  5. Walnutz15 April 13, 2009 at 8:01 am
    Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuk…..glad to see you’re on board with the slapstick-type sarcasm, Joe.

    Will you be in attendance tonight?

  6. joe April 13, 2009 at 8:02 am
    No, won’t be there. I was there for the actual first game, St. John’s vs. Georgetown. I can’t afford more than $5 for a ticket.
  7. Walnutz15 April 13, 2009 at 8:24 am
    Tonight will be my 4th trip to Citi — figures that Red Storm/Hoya game was the only time I wasn’t there to meet up with you.

    Hopefully, one day soon. You have to e-mail me and let me know of your expected Citi-schedule.