Mets 5 Marlins 3
Josh Johnson beat the Mets. Unfortunately for him, his Marlins team could not.
Mets Game Notes
Johnson dominated the Mets through 8 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four. The usually flaccid Mets bats were rendered completely impotent by Johnson. However, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen chose to remove Johnson after the eighth; he did throw 105 pitches, after all. The perpetually constipated-looking Pat Cishek came in to pitch the ninth, and with that move, the Mets batters heaved a sigh of relief and saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Within ten minutes, they reached the light, and then some.
Actually, the game was over when Andres Torres watched strike three whiz past him, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called the pitch ball three. He walked on the next pitch to load the bases, and Kelly Shoppach followed with the game-winning blow, a single ripped up the middle and played into a two-base, three-run error by centerfielder Justin Ruggiano.
With none out, down by two, and men on first and second in the top of the ninth, Terry Collins called for the bunt with Ike Davis at the plate. Let me try this again: with none out, down by two, and men on first and second in the top of the ninth, Terry Collins called for the bunt with Ike Davis at the plate. Really, this happened — it’s no syntax error or anything. I realize that in-game strategy calls are not the end-all / be-all of measuring a manager’s value, but, um, REALLY? I’m not sure I’ve seen a sillier, logic-lacking call at the Major League level in 25 years.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.