Archive: September 21st, 2007

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.


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.


Willie’s Skill at Jenga

Willie Randolph playing JengaThese last few weeks, watching the Mets has been something like watching the end of a Jenga game. The wood blocks represent the the season — little by little, piece by piece, the Mets built a comfortable 7-game lead in mid-September. The blocks were piled high, but going into the last two weeks of the season, the pieces of the tower that was first place are being taken out.

From the Wikipedia definition of Jenga:

Blocks may be bumped to find a loose block that will not disturb the rest of the tower. Any block that is moved out of place may be left out of place if it is determined that it will knock the tower over if it is removed … The game ends when the tower falls in any significant way — in other words, any piece falls from the tower, other than the piece being knocked out to move to the top. The loser is the person who made the tower fall (i.e. whose turn it was when the tower fell); the winner is the person who moved before the loser.

Let’s hope Willie Randolph is good at Jenga.