Mets Game 153: Win Over Marlins

Mets 9 Marlins 6

Pedro did not have great command in this game, but the offense put on a Phillies-like performance to support him.

Martinez gave up three wins in the first two innings, but the Mets evened it up in the bottom of the third with help from a passed ball, a Miguel Cabrera error and an RBI single by Moises Alou. It looked like Pedro might squander the outburst in the bottom of the frame when the Marlins loaded the bases with one out. However, he turned it up a notch and struck out Cody Ross and Miguel Olivo to end the inning without allowing a Fish to land on the plate.

In the top of the fourth, Cabrera booted another ball, putting Lastings Milledge on first with one out. Pedro sacrificed him to second, and Jose Reyes walked on four pitches. Luis Castillo then blooped a cheap single into center to score Milledge and chase Reyes to third. David Wright followed with a walk to load the bases for Carlos Beltran, who ripped a two-run single into left to make the score 6-3. But the Mets were not done.

The fifth inning began with a Carlos Delgado foulout, but Paul LoDuca followed with a ground-rule double. Milledge again was the beneficiary of an error, but this time from the other corner when first baseman Mike Jacobs allowed Milledge’s grounder to skip past him. After another sacrifice by Martinez, Reyes rapped a line drive into left to drive in both runs, putting the Mets ahead 8-3 — with all eight runs unearned.

Pedro allowed a run in the bottom of the fifth, but exited the inning without any more damage.

A downpour halted the game in the top of the sixth.

When play resumed, the Mets finally scored an earned run, courtesy of a blast over the centerfield wall by Carlos Delgado. Perhaps it won’t take him two weeks to get back into the swing of things after all.

The Fish gave the Mets a scare in the eighth, as once again the bullpen could not be counted on to hold a lengthy lead. Suddenly, five runs is not enough of a cushion for the battered and tattered relievers. First Pedro Feliciano was throwing strikes, then not throwing strikes, then giving up bombs. By the time he was removed, the Marlins scored two runs to pull within three, and was replaced by Joe Smith. Smith walked the only batter he faced, putting runners on first and second for Scott Schoeneweis. Luckily, The Show figured out how to hit the strike zone (but not until throwing two balls himself) and ended the inning with a backward K.

The Show resumed by striking out the first two batters of the ninth before getting Mike Jacobs to ground out to Delgado to save his first game as a New York Met.

Notes

Carlos Beltran bruised his left patellar tendon when he banged into the centerfield wall while chasing a Jeremy Hermida ground-rule double in the fifth. He’ll be day-to-day.

About time Reyes did something — his performance is directly tied to the Mets’ win-loss record.

Alou’s third-inning single established a New York Mets record — hitting safely in 25 consecutive games.

How about Guillermo Mota spinning two scoreless innings, with two strikeouts? As bad as he’s perceived, fact is, he’s been charged with runs in only two of his last eleven appearances.

Paul LoDuca went a quiet 4-for-5, scoring one run. Endy Chavez was a perfect 2-for-2 after replacing Beltran in center.

Carlos Gomez stole second with two outs in the ninth (good), then was thrown out attempting to steal third as Reyes took ball four. Apparently, he does not understand English, or Willie Randolph was too quiet in his correction of Reyes’ identical blunder a few games ago. Personally, if I’m Willie, I pull Gomez from the game right there — I don’t care if it means putting Sandy Alomar in leftfield. Actions obviously speak louder than words, particularly with the knuckleheaded youngsters.

At least seventeen people were in the stands at the end of the contest — fifteen of them Mets fans.


Next Game

Oliver Perez is scheduled to face Byung-Hyun Kim in a FOX (ugh!) broadcast at 3:55 PM. Kim somehow has a 9-7 record despite a 6.06 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. If the Mets don’t knock him out of the game by the fourth I’m going to scream.

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  1. sincekindergarten September 22, 2007 at 8:33 am
    I went to bed during the rain delay. I figured that the Mets would win this one, even though they used Mogas. I take it that Wags’ back was barking at him.

    I think the Phillthies are in for trouble when the Braves come to town. Hudson and Smoltz are no picnic, even though the Mets got two wins against them.

  2. isuzudude September 22, 2007 at 9:10 am
    SK – the Braves may be no picnic, but neither have the Nationals or Marlins been to the Mets. And that’s pretty much all we play over the rest of the season. With a 1.5 game in the NL East right now, the Mets would have to lose 3 more games than the Phils over the rest of the season to lose the division. Mets go 4-5, Phillies 6-2 (Mets play one more game that the Phils), Phillies win the division. I don’t think the Phils will do better than 6-2; 7-1 is too much to ask for. So really, all the Mets have to do is have a record over .500 over the 9 games they have left to win the division. But even that comes with a question mark. Joe: what happens if the Mets and Phillies tie atop the NL East standings? Tie breaker according to head to head play? Better divisional record? More runs scored? If it’s one of those 3 the Mets are screwed because the Phillies are better in all categories. And it looks like the wildcard is coming out of the West, so if the Mets are to make the playoffs, winning the division is really the only avenue.

    A little bit on last night’s game:
    1. I, too, had gone to bed before the conclusion of this one, during the pitching change of Smith for Feliciano. After going to sleep the night before with the game tied entering the 10th, and waking up to see what the unfavorable results were, I had a very uneasy feeling counting sheep last night. So naturally I was very relieved to see they pulled through, with Schoeneweis delivering perhaps his strongest performance of the season. Earn that $10.8 million contract!
    2. Kudos to Willie for not panicing in the 8th and going to Heilman. Although he’s been steady as a rock lately, Willie knew he needed the night off.
    3. Never seen a pitcher give up 8 unearned runs before. This win for the Mets is remeniscent of how they had been losing over the past week and a half. Errors, miscues, poor execution, mental lapses, bullpen breakdowns, funny hops, bloop hits. All went in the Mets favor last night. Could the Baseball Gods be finished casting spells on our team?

  3. joe September 22, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    If there is a tie at the top of the NL East, I believe there is a one-game playoff to determine the first-place team.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

  4. sincekindergarten September 22, 2007 at 1:54 pm
    Joe, you are right–and the coin flip, done a couple of weeks ago, means that it would take place in Phillthadelphia.
  5. sincekindergarten September 22, 2007 at 1:55 pm
    One more thing, ID–I’d be very surprised if Heilman wasn’t the closer today, and as long as Wags is out.
  6. isuzudude September 22, 2007 at 2:54 pm
    Agree, SK. If Wagner is hurt, Heilman inherits the closer’s roll, unless he’s alos battling injury or fatigue.

    Just for fun, I mapped out who might get the start if the Mets and Phils play a one-game playoff. If the Mets use a 5-man rotation for the rest of the season, and El Duque says out, it would be Pedro’s turn in the rotation. Hmm…