Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Game Recap: Mets Fall To Fish 2-1 In Extras

In what was Mike Pelfrey's best start of the season he would out dual Josh Johnson, but end up with a no decision on a rain delayed night at Citi Field. Coming off of a successful road trip, the team returned home tonight in an attempt to extend their recent good fortunes, but instead would fall victim to a few bad hops and even poorer execution.

Pelfrey would carry a tied game into the fourth inning, where the Mets' offense would provide some support. Daniel Murphy would reach on a one out single and would be immediately driven in when Justin Turner drove a double to the right-centerfield wall to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Pelfrey and the Mets would maintain the lead into the top of the seventh where the Marlin's 21 year old Mike Stanton would launch his eighth homerun of the year every bit of 435 feet to dead center field.

Neither team would really threaten again until the bottom of the ninth when Justin Turner found himself on second base following a Hanley Ramirez error. Unfortunately, Jason Pridie could not get down a bunt and Chin-lung Hu would ground how to end the inning with the bases loaded.

The Mets would ultimately be out done in the eleventh inning when Ryota Igarashi could not navigate himself past Marlin's reliever Burke Badenhop, who hadn't had an at-bat in over two years. Bradenhop would single in the go ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, Jon Niese, who was force to action due to the team playing with a short bench as a result of Wright's injury would triple to extend the game, however Jose Reyes could not tie the game and the Mets fell 2-1.

The Mets will look to rebound tomorrow when they finish their two game set with the Marlins at 7:10 pm when they sent Jon Niese to the mound to face the undefeated Ricky Nolasco.

Game Notes:
- Since April 21st, the Mets are 2nd in MLB in wins with 15.
- Marlins pitchers issued four intentional walks on the night.
- In the top of the tenth with the Mets threatening, Hanley Ramirez misplayed a ball off his shoulder that would ultimately deflect to Omar Infante, who successfully turned the double play.
- With the loss, the Mets fell 5.5 games behind the Wild Card leading Marlins.