What a game of missed opportunity for the New York Mets.
Daniel Barone, who made his Major League Debut for the Marlins, was cruising with a 2-0 lead until Carlos Beltran, who just made it back from the DL, launched a three-run homer to left field to give the Mets the 3-2 lead. Earlier in the game during the rainy and wet conditions, the Mets hitters, including Carlos Delgado and Moises Alou, just missed homers that would easily be homers in other conditions.
In the 8th inning, Ruben Gotay struck out with a big chance to give the Mets some insurance runs. In the 9th inning, Wagner gave up a hit quickly to Miguel Olivo, who has a great history against Wagner. After that, the Marlins’ shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, a wannabe Jose Reyes, put one over Beltrans head and had a two-RBI double to give the Marlins the lead. In the 9th inning, the Marlins closer got some bad strike calls go his way, and the Mets fell short as Billy Wagner blew his rare second save of the season. Wagner, who’s ERA has been well under 2, finally raised it today, and gave up his first run since June. The Phillies beat the Braves, making the lead in the division all the way down to 3 games, after it was 4.5 just on August 5.
The turning point play of the game was easily Ruben Gotay’s Strikeout in the 8th, as he was unable to pad to the Mets’ slim lead.