Monday, August 1, 2011

Post Game: Marlins Defeat Marlins 7-3

Yesterday afternoon, Scott Hairston rocketed two solo home runs to bring the Mets within a run and to tie the game in the 9th inning. Tonight, Lucas Duda blasted a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game at 3. Coming up to the plate with a chance to be a hero once again, Scott Hairston wasn't able to repeat his success. Instead, a fielding gaffe by Daniel Murphy potentially cost the Mets a chance to walk off with the victory.

With runners on first and second and one out, Dewayne Wise singled into shallow right field, Lucas Duda making a strong throw into Daniel Murphy as the cutoff man to hold the runner at third. However, Dewayne Wise was left for dead in between first and second--but Murphy tried to do to check the lead runners and allowed Wise to return to first safely. This misplay would prove to be fatal as Mike Stanton catapulted a 3-2 pitch from Jason Isringhausen into left field landing, effectively giving the Marlins their final 7-3 lead.

The Atlanta Braves having the lost for the second consecutive game, the Mets have once again passed up on an opportunity to make any advances in the Wild Card.

Boiling Points:
  • Lucas Duda's 2-run blast snapped his 3+ game skid without a hit in a big way. It was Duda's 3rd home run of the year and 2nd off of Leo Nunez.
  • Angel Pagan stretched a single into a double after Mike Stanton played the ball much too relaxed before Jason Bay grounded out into what could have been a game ending ground out. Had it not been for Pagan's aggressive nature, Duda probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to hit.
  • Jason Bay hit his 7th home run of the year, a solo shot to bring the Mets within 2.
  • Mike Pelfrey took a no decision, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, over 6 innings. Pelfrey struggled early on and found himself in trouble more often than not which has been the routine this season, but was able to keep the Mets in the game.
  • Javier Vazquez looked like the Vazquez of old, limiting the Mets to one run over 7 innings.
  • Jose Reyes went 1-5, hitting the ball in the air all 5 times. Reyes hasn't been able to hit line drives and is struggling with pitch recognition at the plate.
The New York Mets will look to avoid their 4th consecutive loss tomorrow night at Citi Field at 7:10 PM ET with Chris Capuano looking to rebound from a rough outing in Cincinnati.