The Mets began their series with the Marlins with a one-game lead over Philadelphia and two games ahead of Florida. After losing two out of three, they now find themselves a half game behind the Phils and one game better than the Marlins. It’s the first time the Mets have lost a series since June 23-25 against the Seattle. You can’t win ’em all. The Marlins are sloppy but it seems to work for them. There was a rumor that the 1972 Miami Dolphins were in attendance, and when the Mets won the second game, ensuring neither team would go undefeated in the series, they popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Monday, Marlins 7-3: Throw Some Gasoline on That Fire, Scott
I’m getting tired of writing the words ‘bullpen meltdown.’ Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis blew up for five runs in the eighth inning, giving up the lead and handing the game to Florida. The Mets need a legitimate set-up man, but are running out of time and options. But the big news of the day was John Maine getting pulled in the fifth inning because of shoulder stiffness. And he didn’t seem very happy about it. He was pitching well up until that moment (one run, six K’s, one walk), so who knows how the game would have gone if he didn’t have to leave. His status for his next start is still up in the air as he’s been diagnosed with a mild strain of his rotator cuff. Newly announced starting left fielder Fernando Tatis drove in two runs and hit his first triple of the season. Damion Easley also chimed in with an RBI. And David Wright made another one of his leaping-into-the-stands-to-grab-a-foul-ball catches.
Tuesday, Mets 4-1: Mets Bounce Back Again
The Mets shook off another bullpen blowup with a ho-hum 4-1 win. With every ugly loss comes a nice bounce-back victory. They started off the game with three straight doubles (though Jose Reyes was thrown out trying to stretch his into a triple) to score the first run of the game. Florida countered with two doubles of their own in the bottom of the first. The Mets broke the one-one tie in the sixth. With Nick Evans on first, Carlos Delgado worked a walk with a great eight-pitch at-bat, which set up Carlos Beltran’s RBI single. Delgado put the icing on the cake with a two-run blast in the eighth (his ninth home run in July). Oliver Perez battled his way through six innings but only gave up one run (on five hits, three walks and five K’s). Aaron Heilman was dealing in the seventh and eighth innings, striking out four after shaking off two walks in the seventh. And Billy Wagner fired a one-two-three ninth for his 27th save of the season.
Wednesday, Marlins 7-5: Mike Pelfrey Loses a Game
Mike Pelfrey’s seven-game winning streak came to a grinding halt in the fourth inning of last night’s game. He imploded for five runs (four came with two outs), and looked like the old Pelfrey who couldn’t finish off an inning. His final line was Willie McGee ugly: four innings pitched, five runs, eight hits, three strikeouts, but at least he didn’t walk anybody. Carlos Muniz and Duaner Sanchez combined to pitch three scoreless innings, but Joe Smith continues to struggle, giving up a Dan Uggla two-run homer. The offense hit into three double plays early in the game, and couldn’t get anything going until Damion Easley hit a pinch-hit three-run dinger in the seventh. They threatened in the ninth, but came up two runs short. The Mets scored 12 runs in the series while batting .269, and hit two home runs. The pitching let in 15 runs to the tune of a 5.40 ERA. But the defense went error-free. New York now has a 5-4 record against Florida this season.
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